There are occasions when statements of the blindingly obvious are rather revealing, although not in the way that those making the statements intend.
The chill in the air was palpable at the 2018 meeting on the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in Geneva.
The Washington consensus holds that Moscow has no genuine interest in rapprochement. Rather, it bears an ideological hatred of democracy and hopes to undermine our system of government by exploiting social divisions. This explanation is not implausible, but it ignores the reality that Russia has friendly relations with many of the world’s prominent democracies, including Israel, India and Japan.
Did Montenegro’s NATO accession increase the collective defense of the West or merely protect a corrupt regime?
American foreign policy toward Russia is stuck in a seemingly endless pattern of doing the same thing over and over again with an unsatisfactory result, but expecting a different outcome each time.
From VICE news: Gates detailed how Manafort planned to help Ukraine enter the EU, through his project, “Engage Ukraine.” “Engage Ukraine became the strategy for helping Ukraine enter the European Union,” he told prosecutors Tuesday…
Sanctions are much in demand these days as a tool of American foreign policy.
The most unfortunate thing about the New York Times Ukraine article is how it exposes the lax standards with which Western media has treated the disturbing reality in the country.
The world has entered an unimaginably deadly new arms race, with no rules of the road and no scheduled arms control talks for these new weapons systems. In three years, New START, the US-Russia agreement that limits nuclear arsenals, is set to lapse, removing the last agreed restraint on arsenal sizes.
Why did NATO attack Yugoslavia in 1999, killing perhaps as many as 2,500 civilians? Here are some possible answers as Vladimir Golstein reflects back on that ugly episode.