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

ADST | Posted 11.13.2015 | World

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...

Why Technology, Not Geography, Is Key to Cybersecurity

Carl Bildt | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Carl Bildt

SEOUL -- The solution to privacy concerns lies not in data localization, but in the development of secure systems and the proper use of encryption. Data storage actually means the continuous transfer of data between users, with no regard for Westphalian borders. Policies born of confusion, chaos and confrontation have no place in this new world of opportunities.

Review: Old Silk Road

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Brandon Caro's debut novel, Old Silk Road, is an important, tough read, both for the dirt-under-its-nails portrayal of soldiers, and for a complex plot that rewards a reader with insights into America's longest war, in Afghanistan.

Opening an Embassy in the Land of Genghis Khan

ADST | Posted 09.08.2015 | World

Getting a new embassy up and running is a tremendous task. Joseph Edward Lake was the second U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia, and the first to reside permanently in the country. He was charged with establishing a functional embassy in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

The Berlin Crisis of 1961

ADST | Posted 09.07.2015 | World

This account was compiled from an interview done by ADST in 1995 with Kempton B. Jenkins, who was posted to Embassy Moscow during this tense time and recounts Ambassador to the Soviet Union Llewellyn E. Thompson's (aka "Tommy") meetings with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrey Gromyko.

The August Coup and the Final Days of the Soviet Union

ADST | Posted 08.19.2015 | World

This account was compiled from an interview done by ADST in February 2003 with William Green Miller, who was working in Moscow for the American Committee on U.S at the time.

Now Boarding: New York - Moscow - Tbilisi

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

While Russophobia in Georgia has been on a rapid rise in the aftermath of the five-day war, speculation about the growing anti-Russian sentiment inside U.S. academic circles may be inaccurate.

Is MH17 Putin's Katyn Wood Massacre?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Blocking accountability and seeking to blame others for its crimes, even when premeditated is a KGB tactic, but only marginally successful. Putin should have learned the lesson that the truth is bound to come through.

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.

Movie Review: Child 44 -- Leave This One Behind

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Certainly the pedigree of Child 44 makes it seem promising. But the timing of the release -- April, a pre-summer graveyard -- and the fact that it wasn't screened for critics until shortly before opening both mitigate against it. 

The Top Laughably Wrong Military and Veterans Talking Points From GOP Candidates

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Jon Soltz

It occurred to us at that there will be a lot of statements from conservative candidates for president that range from "fudged" to "completely wrong." Most of these statements are easy to predict. So, as a public service, here's a cheat sheet for you, so when you hear those statements, you know why they're just not right.

60 Years in Journalism: You Can Go Home Again, But It's Hard

Irv Chapman | Posted 05.09.2015 | Media
Irv Chapman

Foreign cultures go back centuries, evident not only from ancient castles on hilltops but from the attitudes inculcated in populations by tradition, attitudes toward family, friends, classmates, local leaders and central governments. A foreign correspondent is always an outsider, but often a welcome onlooker.

Hockey Legend Slava Fetisov: It's Wrong To Compare Russia To The Soviet Union

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.07.2015 | World

Russian NHL hockey legend Slava Fetisov is no stranger to political conflict, as his harrowing time on the Russian men's hockey team in 1980 is well-c...

Russian Economy

Jeff Danziger | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Why the China/Russia Rapprochement Won't Last

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Being a big believer in the lessons taught by history, I'm inclined to think that the current 'love fest' between China and Russia will probably have a limited shelf life.

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.

Hungary in Revolt, 1956: The First Rip in the Iron Curtain

Ben Cosgrove | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Ben Cosgrove

It lasted less than three weeks, from October 23 until November 10, but the Hungarian Revolution that convulsed Budapest and the rest of Hungary in la...

The Year's Most Talked About Documentary So Far

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.13.2014 | Entertainment

"Red Army" is one of the year's most talked about documentaries, with critics raving after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Examining the Sov...

My Morning With Nixon

Jerelle Kraus | Posted 10.25.2014 | Arts
Jerelle Kraus

In 1983, I entered my New York Times office to a ringing telephone. "This is Ray Price, President Nixon's press secretary. He wants to speak to you." Then came the unmistakable voice

McLenin's: The Taste of Communism

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

After imposing a "full embargo" on imports from the West, Russia has made it clear that the latest sanctions are politically motivated. Russians are likely to lose access to certain items that have long stopped being viewed as Western luxuries.

The Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan

Miles Atkinson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Travel
Miles Atkinson

Outside of Khorog, the sole city in the region, government control evaporates. Life is exclusively local in the villages and foreigners are a rare and welcome treat.

Putin In Havana, Seeking an Ally or a Satellite?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Not a single official commentator has hinted at the dangers entailed in this approach, nor to the Russian government's need to use Latin America as a diplomatic "launching pad" against its old enemy, the U.S. In the midst of this renewed confrontation among the great powers, we are trapped as a disposable part.

Soviet Cold War Spy Secrets Revealed

AP | By JILL LAWLESS | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) — The papers spent years hidden in a milk churn beneath a Russian dacha and read like an encyclopedia of Cold War espionage....

Will the Clash of Identities Consume Us?

Dominique de Villepin | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Dominique de Villepin

We seem to be prisoners of a terrible choice today: either the uncontrollable nationalisms of the humiliated striking back or the violent struggles of communities to assert their identities. At such a moment, we need to support artists that can be bridges between cultures. We need to support the work of spreading ideas and building a new common history. Only then can we avoid falling into the abyss of a clash of identities or succumb to the passions of nationalism.


Francis Levy | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

It may sound like the old cold war policy of spheres of influence, but as we can see in the instance of Kirkuk, a strong Kurdistan seems to be the best insurance against making Iraq into a major outpost of Islamic extremism.