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Russia and the New Cold War in Historical Context: Part II of Conversations With Russia Scholar Stephen Cohen

Dan Kovalik | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

On this, the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany, Professor Cohen began our interview with a discussion about the increasing downplaying of Russia's critical role as an ally of the U.S. and Britain in the fight against Hitler.

Is Silicon Valley Charting the Future While All the World's Pols Play Small Ball?

William Bradley | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As we contemplate our present and future around the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, are we being myopic? Is our politics focused mainly on marginalia while real change, big change, is being prepped elsewhere?

Ronald Reagan Was No Neocon: Peace Through Strength Did Not Mean War at Any Price

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

A de facto peacenik who was horrified by the prospect of needless war, Reagan likely would have been appalled by the aggressive posturing of most of the Republicans currently seeking the White House.

Ronald Reagan Would Not Have Allowed 47 Senators or Netanyahu to Influence Nuclear Negotiations with Gorbachev

H. A. Goodman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Could Reagan have "won" the Cold War with naysayers like today's GOP constantly questioning his every move? Also, let's not forget that Reagan sold weapons to Iran; the same regime deemed an "existential" threat to the world.

Putin Is a Soviet Leader for the 21st Century

Maxim Trudolyubov | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
Maxim Trudolyubov

MOSCOW -- Today's Russia rejects Western-style competition, the rule of law and independent institutions while allowing capitalism and certain changes to economic and social policy under strictly controlled limits. The result is an attempt to strengthen the Soviet experiment and take it to its logical conclusion. Thus, the Putin regime defines "better" not in absolute terms, but as improving upon the performance of former Soviet leaders.

Now Is Not the Time to Give Up on Russia

Stanley Weiss | Posted 04.26.2015 | 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.

A President Against Himself

Ladan Rafii | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Ladan Rafii

Yes, the latest polls may indicate that the President's popularity among Americans has increased by a few percentage points, but that won't make up for all the goodwill he's lost in the corridors of Capitol Hill.

Russia: Bruised Feelings or Self-Inflicted Pain?

Donald Blinken | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Donald Blinken

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, Russia's is using complaints of humiliation by the West to support its seizure of the Crimea, its military presence in Eastern Ukraine, and its provocations in the Baltics.

Lubyanka Runs the New Russia, Much Like the Old Soviet Union

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Even during the worst of the U.S.S.R. the square was more symbolic than threatening. For the most part no one went to the Kremlin to die. Very different, however, is Lubyanka, just a short walk up Teatralny Proezd past the Bentley and Maserati dealerships.

From the Editors: How 800 Huffington Post Colleagues Work Together Worldwide

Sebastian Matthes | Posted 02.03.2015 | World
Sebastian Matthes

We live in a time of international crisis and conflict: from the European financial crisis, which is robbing millions of young people of their future, to the conflict with Russia and finally to the bloody rise of ISIS. All this is dominating the news coverage worldwide. But the Huffington Post does not only want to report about dramatic developments. Our goal is a global network, with editors and thousands of bloggers who address topics which move people in their everyday lives. And this network continues to grow more and more.

Missing from the Berlin Wall Celebration -- Two Leaders Who Died Too Soon

Barry D. Wood | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
Barry D. Wood

As the world marks the 25th anniversary of freedom returning to Eastern Europe, it is sad that two of the wisest post-communist leaders are no longer with us.

My Appeal to Our Leaders and to All of Us: Let Us Think, Propose and Act Together

Mikhail Gorbachev | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Mikhail Gorbachev

Bloodshed in Europe and the Middle East against the backdrop of a breakdown in the dialogue between major powers is of enormous concern. The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it's already begun.

Gorbachev Warns World 'On Brink Of New Cold War'

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 11.08.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — Tensions between the major powers have pushed the world closer to a new Cold War, former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev said Satur...

The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Many historians trace the seeds of the momentous events of November 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down, as being planted back in August 1975 when 35 nations, including the United States, unanimously approved the Helsinki Accords.

Why Gorbachev Feels Betrayed By The Post-Cold War West

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, remains a hero in the West. But the West is no long...

25 Years Later, Another Wall Is Rising Between the West and Russia

Artyom Lukin | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Artyom Lukin

The end of the Cold War, epitomized by the Berlin Wall destruction, quickly came to be seen by the West as its own triumphant victory and the USSR/Russia's unconditional surrender. Hence Russia was to be treated as a second-rank country, a regional power at best, that was expected to obediently follow whatever directions may have come from Washington and Brussels. The problem was the Russians did not share this view of themselves as a defeated nation obliged to accept the victors' terms.

When the Wall Came Tumbling Down: The American Public and Berlin

Paul Herrnson | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

Though Ronald Reagan's call to "tear down this wall" has come to be iconic of his role in the last days of the Cold War, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was widely seen as the leader primarily responsible for the change.

The Night the Wall Came Down

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Dorian de Wind

I personally will never forget the night of Nov. 9, 1989, the night when "the Wall came down." I was living and working in Brussels, Belgium at the time and watched, via live TV, history being made.

The Cold War Never Died

John Feffer | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
John Feffer

Let's stop talking about the Cold War's revival as if Vladimir Putin is the one who raised the dead. We are the vampire hunters who failed to drive a stake through its heart. So we shouldn't be surprised, when we go out for a stroll one day to survey our domain, to hear the click of sharp teeth poised to tear into its latest victim.

Ukraine: Dissenting Views

Barry D. Wood | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Barry D. Wood

U.S.-Russia relations -- already soured by the animus between their presidents -- have worsened. A new cold war seems to be underway. But some specialists, fearful of where events may be headed, are breaking from the standard narrative.

Deng Xiaoping on Gorbachev: 'This Man May Look Smart but in Fact Is Stupid.'

Zhang Weiwei | Posted 10.25.2014 | World
Zhang Weiwei

Deng believed that the most urgent task was to improve people's livelihood. In his view, all other reforms, including political ones, had to serve this primary goal. He believed that copying the Western model and placing political reform on the top of the agenda, like the Soviets were doing at the time, was utterly foolish. In fact, that was exactly Deng's comment on Gorbachev after their meeting: "This man may look smart but in fact is stupid."

Education for the World We Want (Part 1)

Suna Senman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Suna Senman

How does a society that teaches preschoolers to play well, share toys and not hit raise highly educated leaders to justify revenge, invade countries and develop weapons to kill?

Will Netanyahu Seize The Moment?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.07.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

I disagree with those who suggest that Netanyahu will never change his stripes. Many deeply ideological leaders before him have unexpectedly risen to the occasion to answer the call from their people and the international community for a drastic change.

Why Conspiracy Theories Take Hold In Russia

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 09.27.2014 | World
Eliot Borenstein

The brilliance of Putinism lies in the regime's management of the public's habitual cynicism by appropriating the tools of conspiracy-mongering.

The Resistance Man: A Talk With Martin Walker

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.18.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Martin Walker is a senior fellow of a private think tank for CEOs of major corporations. He is also editor-in-chief emeritus and international affa...