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Cold War

Now Is Not the Time to Give Up on Russia

Stanley Weiss | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

Now is not the time for the U.S. and Europe to give up on Russia. Now is the time for the West to do everything in its power to help Russia realize its vast potential.

Suppose America Retrenches -- A Thought Experiment

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

Critics accuse President Barack Obama of being a foreign policy minimalist seeking to do the least harm rather than by choosing more effective if riskier solutions. In fairness, the president was dealt the most horrible hand on taking office dating back to FDR in 1933.

How the Post-Cold War Order Broke Down

Fyodor Lukyanov | Posted 02.23.2015 | World
 Fyodor Lukyanov

MOSCOW -- In general, a medieval spirit reigns, with its internecine wars and in which the only great strategy, if one exists at all, is to indulge the passion for blood. This desire to repay the enemy a hundredfold -- even if he is yesterday's neighbor or friend -- is often mixed with religious fanaticism or blind nationalism.

How Marvel Beat DC at the Movies

Chad Williams | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Chad Williams

The success of Marvel's approach to filmmaking, which is both dynamic and formulaic, has allowed them the creative liberty to explore their lesser known properties on the large screen. DC Comics, however, is still trying to catch up.

The Minsk Agreement Can Only Work If Power Is Balanced Between Russia and the West

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Ivan Sukhov

MOSCOW -- At the root of all this monstrous and bloody story is the fact that the West lied to Moscow 25 years ago when it said it would not expand NATO even one inch to the east if the Soviet Union agreed to the unification of Germany. The West really did take full advantage of its opportunity to violate the balance of power in the world and must now busy itself with overcoming the negative consequences.

Keystone XL, Cold War 2.0, and the GOP Vision for 2016

Michael T. Klare | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics
Michael T. Klare

While North American energy integration may appeal to Republicans for the way it would enrich major U.S. oil companies and pipeline firms, its real allure lies in the way they believe it will buttress the more hawkish and militarized foreign policy that so many in the GOP now favor.

Who Wins Hockey's New Cold War? Nobody.

Paul Stewart | Posted 02.04.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

It concerns and disgusts me that there are some folks in North America who are taking a perverse pleasure in the fallout and the collapse of the ruble. Part of the beauty of hockey at its best is its ability to transcend borders and politics.

Ash Carter's Excruciating Dilemma

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

One of Carter's major tasks will be to oversee the continuing transition of the U.S. military after two highly costly and un-winnable wars to an uncertain environment that will test the Obama administration's last two years in office.

Three Minutes to Midnight

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 01.28.2015 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

With only 180 seconds left before the minute hand strikes midnight, the four horsemen and the apocalypse may soon be before us. That's according to t...

Maureen Ryan

8 Reasons (Among Many) To Love 'The Americans' | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.28.2015 | Entertainment

The second season of "The Americans" ended up on many 2014 Top 10 lists (including mine), and there's no reason to believe Season 3 won't be a contend...

The Collapse of Europe?

John Feffer | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
John Feffer

Europe won the Cold War. Not long after the Berlin Wall fell a quarter of a century ago, the Soviet Union collapsed, the U.S. squandered its peace dividend in an attempt to maintain global dominance, and Europe quietly became more prosperous.

Beware the 'New Cold War'

Charles Knight | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Charles Knight

While "a New Cold War" has not yet been adopted as an official framework for US foreign and military policy, there are among foreign and military policy-makers many who will be tempted by its appeal. We should be circumspect about following them down this path.

Thirty Years Ago, the World at Reagan's Second Inauguration

Ken Adelman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Ken Adelman

Funny how history twists and turns. Thirty years ago, on January 20th 1985, was Ronald Reagan's Second Inauguration. While his popularity was secure, having just won 49 states, his legacy was insecure.

NATO's Future Rises to Focus of U.S. Presidential Election 2016?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

NATO was critical to the shaping of the "new Europe" two decades earlier after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Similar and new challenges have emerged where once again NATO may be a defining factor in the future of Europe as well as the Euro-Atlantic family.

What If Cuba Isn't Really What It's All About?

Carl Meacham | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Carl Meacham

The messy work of diplomacy has just begun, and it won't be easy. But for now, let's make sure we don't let our justifiable myopia get the better of us.

Ignoring 'Cold War II' Won't Make It Go Away

Pyotr Romanov | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Pyotr Romanov

Ordinary citizens remain calm because of the simple fact that they typically do not know the full picture -- nor do they try to know it. It is easier to live that way. Just the same, it is time to wake up and recognize what is happening. This is no Hollywood blockbuster unfolding outside our windows, but a force majeure of international proportions. True, it is not the first that the world has experienced, but knowing what hardships previous conflicts have brought to mankind should motivate us to try to prevent any more from occurring.

Is Economic Warfare the Theme for 2015?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Is the Russian Ruble becoming financial rubble as consequence of targeting by the U.S. and its allies? The dramatic fall in oil prices and commensurate drop in the Russian currency, is this coincidental to broader global economic trends or an orchestrated assault?

President Right to Normalize Relations With Cuba: Best Hope for Ending Repressive Regime

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Normalizing both economic and diplomatic relations with Havana should be seen not as a victory for the Castro government, but for the people of Cuba. Liberty will come to that land. The only question is when. Expanding relations should help speed the process.

Book Excerpt: A World of Giving

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 02.21.2015 | Books
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Today, many of America's most prominent foundations support institutions or programs abroad, but few have been active on the global stage for as long as Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The War to Start All Wars

Greg Grandin | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Greg Grandin

As we end another year of endless war in Washington, it might be the perfect time to reflect on the War That Started All Wars -- or at least the war that started all of Washington's post-Cold War wars: the invasion of Panama.

Marco Rubio Plays Cheap Politics With Cuba Opening

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

The Rubio diatribe -- calling for the U.S. to maintain its decades-old stance in the hopes of forcing Castro and his cronies out -- against Obama and the United States' new policy on Cuba is hackneyed and strategically foolish.

The U.S., Cuba, and Strategic Foreign Policy

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If you ask me, Obama's action on Cuba was a master stroke, and full of foresight. He has undercut Putin's ability to use Cuba as a pressure point against the U.S. going forward and has, in a single action, transformed a net negative for the U.S. and Cuba into a net positive for its government, people, and businesses.

The End of the Cold War

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama just spoke on the telephone with the leader of Cuba to finalize the two countries' new relations -- an event that hadn't happened in over half a century. The Cold War is now almost completely a matter of interest only to historians, to put things into context.

Abolishing the CIA

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The abolition of the CIA could be a conscious step in tearing our government out of the grip of the war consensus -- this unelected force that feeds on perpetual global mistrust and hatred, the exact opposite of what true security requires.

Putin's Next Throw of the Dice -- Prepare for the Unexpected

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller | Posted 02.15.2015 | World
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

The best hope for the West is to continue the sanctions, which combined with the falling oil price, may entice Putin to change track.