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Cold War

The World Is So Scary Because The Soviet Union Fell, Intelligence Boss Says

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Maybe count Director of National Intelligence James Clapper among the aging spies who kinda miss the Cold War. That's after Clap...

Choosing war & decline ... or not

Charles Knight | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Charles Knight

We are entering a new strategic era which will have large and lasting effects for the international and domestic policy of the United States. The f...

Moscow's Historical Relationship with Damascus: Why it Matters Now

Carlo Caro | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Carlo Caro

Current relations - Source: Sputnik News There have been many objections to what is denominated as the Russian interference in Syria, more specifica...

I Embrace Democratic Socialism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

No country in the world today stands as a fully Socialist state, but rather, some of the most successful economies combine elements of Capitalism with Socialism to create greater degrees of equity and lesser disparities between the rich, the poor, and those on the continuum in between.

The Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe Is Greater Today Than During the Cold War

William J.Perry | Posted 01.20.2016 | World
William J.Perry

I believe that we are now on the verge of a new nuclear arms race, and that we are drifting back to a Cold War mentality.

You Can Make Nuclear Weapons Safer Just By Talking About Them

Ariel Conn | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Ariel Conn

After the December 15 Republican debate, Donald Trump caught some flack for not seeming to know what the nuclear triad is. But how familiar are most people with what the nuclear triad involves?

How the U.S. Can Revamp Its Strategy Toward Central America

Jo-Marie Burt | Posted 01.15.2016 | World
Jo-Marie Burt

The intertwining of past and present highlights the necessity of addressing impunity at its core in post-conflict societies, and the perils of not doing so in the immediate transition period.

A War Between Saudi Arabia And Iran Could Send Oil Prices To $250

James Stafford | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
James Stafford

The effect from the brewing conflict on oil is murky, but for now it is not having a bullish impact. In the past, geopolitical tension in the Middle East, especially involving large oil producers, would add a few dollars to the price of oil.

Why So Many People Think That Uber And Lyft Can Rot In Hell After Their New Year's Eve Price Surges

Ira Israel | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Ira Israel

In 500 years when deregulated, highly competitive capitalism is next to feudalism and communism in the dustbin of history, professors will argue how the Amazon business model decimated our society.

Can Science Predict Political Turmoil?

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 01.04.2016 | Science
Jonathan D. Moreno

Does the rise of Trump herald an era of home-grown fascism? Human intelligence and vast quantities of metadata seem ill-equipped to help forecast geopolitical events at this scale. Despite decades of sophisticated political science and game theorizing, the truth is that we are very bad at anticipating great historic turns. Why?

China's War By Algebra Strategy to Bury America

Peter Navarro | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Peter Navarro

Reprinted By Permission From The National Interest and Crouching Tiger Book The National Interest Crouching Tiger Series: China's War By Algebr...

The Right Wing's Need for Enemies and the Damage to Our Nation

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

A train of thought I'd like to share: In a biography of Montaigne I've lately been reading (How to Live, by Sarah Bakewell), I came across a passage ...

The Syrian Dilemma

Carlo Caro | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Carlo Caro

Source: Reuters It's been almost two weeks since the downing of the Russian fighter jet at the Turkish-Syrian border. Many hawks who have been ag...

Taking the Chill off the Cold War: The First Reagan-Gorbachev Summit

ADST | Posted 12.14.2015 | World
ADST

The Geneva Summit of 1985 was the first meeting between President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev to talk about the arms race, particularly the Strategic Defense Initiative, and to establish personal relations between the leaders of the world's superpowers.

American Political Culture Explains Why Trump Is Still Strong

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.02.2015 | Entertainment
Daniel Wagner

Why do Republican voters seem to naturally gravitate to celebrities -- most of whom are, shall we say, 'short' on actual knowledge about politics, legislative issues, and global affairs?

Has World War III Already Started?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 11.28.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The struggle with jihadism is in fact a world war with multiple front lines scattered across the world's major cities. That conclusion is inescapable. It is not the Third World War, because it has little in common with the first two. It is therefore possible to say that this is the first "World War" fought by asymmetric forces simultaneously across the globe.

He's Right

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Amanda Botfeld

Kasich's proposal is right on the money. We need to reinstitutionalize patriotism. We need to reincorporate our values. And if history is any indicator, we ought to do it sooner rather than later.

Trumbo's Bryan Cranston: How Blacklisted Screenwriter Could Be Both A Communist And Patriot

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.20.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Despite the fact that much of Trumbo's work was plainly patriotic, his brief association with the American Communist Party prompted years of persecution. In the clip below, Cranston justifies how a person like Trumbo could simultaneously be both a communist and a patriot.

Did You Know Former CIA Director Allen Dulles and His Brother, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, Were Nazi Sympathizers?

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Salon founder and former editor-in chief David Talbot reveals this and other dark secrets in his explosive new biography, The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government.

Henry Wallace: America's Forgotten Visionary Politician

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Henry Wallace, who died 50 years ago this week (November, 18 1965), was one of the most fascinating and controversial political figures in American history. One of the great "what if?" questions of the 20th century is how America might have been different if Wallace, rather than Harry Truman, had succeeded Franklin Roosevelt in the White House.

The Other Side of "Bridge of Spies": The Trial of Francis Gary Powers

ADST | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
ADST

On May 1, 1960, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union and its pilot, Francis Gary Powers, was captured. The Eisenhower admin...

Cold War or Warm Peace?

Chris Corbett | Posted 11.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Chris Corbett

A couple of weeks ago I attended a presentation sponsored by the Swiss-Russian Forum (a sort of Chamber of Commerce) discussing ways to bridge a de ...

Robert Legvold on Russian Foreign Policy Decision-Making, Interview with Columbia University Professor and Leading Russia Expert Part II

Samuel Ramani | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Robert Legvold is a Marshall D Shulman Professor Emeritus at the Columbia University political science department. He is one of the world's leading experts on the foreign policy of post-Soviet states, and a book reviewer for Foreign Affairs magazine.

A New Cold War Deep Under the Sea?

Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.) | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.)

Virtually all of the world's information moves deep under the sea. Well over 95 percent of everything moving on the global Internet passes through 200 or so highly active cables, some as deep under water as Mount Everest is tall. Recent reports indicate renewed interest by Russian submarine forces in surveillance of our undersea fiber optic cables. The movement of information is the lifeblood of the global economic system: it needs to be more secure from accident and attack.

Haunting Photos Of The Everyday Objects That Survived The Atomic Bomb

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.22.2015 | World

For eight years, Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako traveled to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, over 500 miles away from her hometown of Yokos...