A Clash of Civilizations

When the Soviet Union imploded in 1991, the United States – and its junior partners in Europe – found itself bereft of an enemy. One scholar, Francis Fukuyama, concluded by 1992 that this represented the "end of history" and the beginning of an age in which "western" values such as capitalism and "liberal democracy" were … Continue reading “A Clash of Civilizations”

Russia’s Choice, in 1914 and Now

On June 28, two events marked the centenary of the fateful shots which ended the lives of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie von Hohenberg. In Sarajevo, the Bosnian Muslim authorities hosted the Vienna Philharmonic, which performed at the same old City Hall where the angry Archduke had impatiently scowled through the sycophantic speech … Continue reading “Russia’s Choice, in 1914 and Now”

US-Russia Forum Seeks Way Out of New Cold War

"Successful diplomacy requires a measure of mutual accommodation," were the words of former NATO official Michael Stopford at the 31st US-Russia World Forum in Washington, DC this week. Shrilly denounced as "Putin apologists," the participants in the conference actually ran the gamut from outspoken Russia scholar Stephen F. Cohen to Leonid Gozman, leader of a … Continue reading “US-Russia Forum Seeks Way Out of New Cold War”

Is This What D-Day Was For?

Seventy years ago, on June 6 1944, the Western Allies launched the largest amphibious operation in history, landing hundreds of thousands of men and tanks onto the beaches of Normandy. American, British, Canadian, Australian and various "Free Forces" (Czech, French, Polish, etc.) took part in the operation, backed by the British and US naval and … Continue reading “Is This What D-Day Was For?”

Deluge in Serbia and Bosnia

On May 13, an unusual weather pattern began hovering over the Balkans, dumping unprecedented amounts of rain on Bosnia, Serbia, and parts of Croatia. Satellite imagery showed a full-blown tropical cyclone, which the weather-watchers dubbed "Tamara." By May 16, the rains had stopped – and the flooding began. The rains and the flooding were without … Continue reading “Deluge in Serbia and Bosnia”

Yugoslavia’s Lessons Learned

Spanish philosopher George Santayana famously wrote that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But what of those who can? Over and over, in the past few weeks, Yugoslavia has been on the lips – and minds – of Russians and Ukrainians, as the crisis in Ukraine threatens to erupt into … Continue reading “Yugoslavia’s Lessons Learned”

Unforgiven

On Wednesday, March 26, Barack Obama gave an impassioned speech at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, condemning Russia’s "assault" on Ukraine and extolling the virtues of the Atlantic Empire. Eleven years since his predecessor’s invasion of Iraq, fifteen years since the U.S-led NATO aggression in Serbia, Mr. Obama tried to lecture Moscow about "the … Continue reading “Unforgiven”

Promised Land

On Sunday, March 16, two polls will be held in Eastern Europe. One will be a complete mockery of democracy, resulting in a government determined to trample a country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The other will be a referendum on independence in the Crimea. The same powers that launched the illegal, illegitimate war of aggression … Continue reading “Promised Land”