Valorizing an ex-CIA director and bashing Trump obscures what is truly ominous.
How will Iran, Russia, and Turkey react to the plethora of financial sanctions being placed on them by the United States? Well, they will do what anyone being beaten with a stick would do: they will try to escape.
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul has suggested that one way to influence Russian behavior would be to limit the size of the transatlantic alliance and limit its expansion into Eastern Europe by not insisting that Ukraine and Georgia be members. (For full hearing: https://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/us_russia-relations-082118)
One of the factors that brought about the collapse of the Soviet Union was Mikhail Gorbachev’s failure to understand the power of nationalist sentiment among Soviet citizens. The KGB constantly informed him that the nationalist leaders were simply troublemakers with small followings. Now, we are witnessing the same phenomenon, mutatis mutandis, in the United States.
It is often said in the Western mainstream media that Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing a disrupting role around the world, including in the Middle East.
A major summit featuring Germany, Russia, France and Turkey is on the way – call it an expanded Eurovision
58% say it’s more important to try to improve relations.
A leaked document after Helsinki spells hope for a rapprochement.
While most young Russians approve of Vladimir Putin and oppose completely overhauling the status quo, they are not blind to the system’s problems.
To paraphrase a famous saying, when you go the route of sanctions, you should dig two graves. One for your rival’s economy, and one for your own.