Trump Needs Iran Deal to Engage Russia and North Korea (Tytti Erästö)

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to talk to North Korea and improve relations with Russia—the two countries which currently present the greatest challenges on nuclear security. If Trump is serious about pursuing these worthy goals, he must keep the Iran nuclear agreement.

For a Concert of Powers (Stephen H. Balch)

We should see the interest of the post-communist states in their “near abroad” as natural, opportunities for bargaining instead of fruitless confrontation. Russia and China, though hardly the states we would like them to be, have the same interests in their security perimeters as we do in ours.

PODCAST: Neo-McCarthyism and the New Cold War (Stephen F Cohen)

Professor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new Cold War. This week they look at the new McCarthyism in the US political-media establishment, with Batchelor reporting on attempts in Congress to recreate a version of the McCarthy-era House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), which conducted a witch-hunt that ruined many lives and chilled public discourse for years.

Putin’s Unclenching Fist (Lobe Log)

Working together in Syria should be only the beginning of broader cooperation in stabilizing the Middle East. Both Russia and the new US administration have proclaimed that fighting “jihadist terrorism” is their top priority. But there is a long way to go to reach a minimal common understanding of the targets in this fight.

Détente Now: A New Call for Peace, Security, and Cooperation (Gilbert Doctorow, Ute Finckh-Krämer, Ludger Volmer, Rolf Ekéus and Noam Chomsky)

A transatlantic appeal for a new policy of detente with Russia has been launched. The declaration’s authors invite the general public to join leading political figures and social activists who have publicly rallied to support the call. Please visit the official English language Detente Now! appeal page for more:

Amb. Jack F. Matlock Reviews Mikhail Gorbachev’s New Book, The New Russia

When the Soviet Union came apart at the end of 1991, the nuclear arms race between the United States and the USSR had ended, a negotiated peace that benefited all parties had replaced the Cold War, and the Iron Curtain that divided Europe had vanished. We seemed to be on the threshold of a new Europe.

The Ukrainian Far Right—and the Danger It Poses (Lev Golinkin)

It should be a priority for the incoming Donald Trump administration to reexamine America’s role in the Ukraine crisis. Over the past year, Washington has focused solely on Kiev’s failure to tackle Ukraine’s endemic corruption, while ignoring another fundamental obstacle to Ukraine’s democracy: the country’s far-right forces.

PODCAST: Trump in the World (feat. Andrew Bacevich, Lawrence Wilkerson and Stephen Walt)

Though there exists room for debate, Trump has staked out a few (surprisingly) reasonable policy positions: ‘spreading democracy’ through exercises in nation-building is not in our national interest; free-riding NATO allies should take on more of the collective burden; de-escalating tensions with Russia is to our benefit. Obviously, there are also numerous grounds for alarm, as well.

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