Thirty years ago, the fall of the Berlin Wall signaled the end of the Cold War.
April 25, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the momentous occasion when U.S. and Soviet forces met at the Elbe River in the city of Torgau, Germany, successfully cutting the German army in two.
As Russia’s first significant military intervention outside the former Soviet region in decades, Moscow’s four-year Syrian operation has appropriately attracted considerable attention.
One of the wrong lessons that U.S. policymakers drew from the events of 1989-1991 was that the U.S. was chiefly responsible for ending and “winning” the Cold War, which inevitably overestimated our government’s capabilities and effectiveness in affecting the political fortunes of other parts of the world.
The current state of U.S.-Russian relations is unprecedentedly dangerous, not only due to reasons cited here—a new cold war fraught with the possibility of hot war.
“As long as weapons of mass destruction exist, primarily nuclear weapons, the danger is colossal.”
It is time to improve relations between Russia and the West with a policy of realism towards Moscow.
Those infernal Russians are spreading their interfering tentacles wider and wider. At least, that’s what the Washington Post would have us believe, with a screeching headline this week: ‘Russia has turned its interfering attentions to Africa’.
A great debate about Russia’s intentions is unfolding.
The people’s revolutions of 1989 were not the unalloyed success for the cause of freedom and democracy that was claimed for them at the time, writes Geoffrey Roberts.