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The Cold War Never Died

John Feffer | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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...

From the Pinnacle of Power, Putin Stands Before the Abyss

David Paul | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
David Paul

The Sochi Olympic Games were supposed to mark the pinnacle of Putin power and prestige, but instead it may mark the moment of his undoing.

Gorbachev Threatens 'Daily Show' Reporter

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.11.2014 | Comedy

The Sochi Olympics have done little to improve the uneasy feelings many Americans have felt towards Russia since the Cold War. But as Jason Jones of "...

The Frustration of Bob Gates

William Bradley | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

I like Robert Gates. He's a professional, a grown-up. He's a thoughtful, reasonable Republican at a time when such are overshadowed by something very different. I agree with him on many things. But his "Mission Impossible" assignment to salvage Iraq and Afghanistan is blinding him.

Knock Knock. Who's There? It's Me, Gorbachev

AP | GREGORY KATZ | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

LONDON (AP) — In the scripted world of high-profile diplomacy, every move is planned weeks in advance, with seating charts, menus and toasts subject...

21 Political Figures You Thought Were Dead -- But Aren't

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

Some of these political figures have served their countries longer than you’ve been alive. Some are nearly 100 years old. Some have even been pronou...

Peace in Action, Part 2 -- 'Feeding' Peace

Suna Senman | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Suna Senman

Sitting on a little piece of valuable Manhattan property, midtown on the East River, the United Nations buildings provide a home for world peace effor...

This Historic Presidential Speech Moment Almost Didn't Happen

The Huffington Post | Maggie Furlong | Posted 09.10.2013 | TV

Discovery Channel's new two-part, four-hour special "The Presidents’ Gatekeepers" (premieres Wed., Sept. 11 and Thurs., Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. ET) takes...

Peace in Action, Part 1

Suna Senman | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Suna Senman

As conflict boils in Syria, the world remembers September 11th, a consequence of past failure to construct peace. Stepping up to responsibility, sever...

The Top 10 Reasons Why Walking Meetings Will Be Your Best Meetings

Brett Greene | Posted 10.26.2013 | Denver
Brett Greene

Even if your meetings aren't as important to world peace as Reagan and Gorbachev's, there are plenty of benefits to making your next meeting a walking meeting.

Return of the Cold War

Allan Topol | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Allan Topol

President Obama's cancellation of the summit with Putin demonstrates the extent of the deterioration in American Russian relations. In a short time, the U.S. and Russia have moved from what some in Washington viewed as a hopeful partnership to an adversarial relationship.

Gorbachev In Hospital

AP | Posted 06.11.2013 | World

MOSCOW -- A spokesman for Mikhail Gorbachev says the 82-year-old former Soviet president is in the Kremlin's hospital for tests. Vladimir Polyakov to...

'All That Has Been Done Is Too Late'

AP | By JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 06.18.2013 | Green

GENEVA (AP) — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Thursday painted a dim picture of the world's environmental progress, two decades after he f...

David Stockman and Jeffrey Sachs: Smart Men From Whose Failures We Have Much to Learn

David Paul | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics
David Paul

The deep pain and tragedy of unintended consequences are experiences that Stockman and Sachs share, and that they each carry with them to this day. We need them to write about that, because that is where they have the greatest insight to offer, and the side of their stories that people most need to understand.

Gorbachev: Russia Must Move To 'Real Democracy'

Reuters | Posted 05.30.2013 | World

MOSCOW, March 30 (Reuters) - The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said on Saturday Russia will face unrest unless society is made more democrati...

Is China Taking the Right Cues From History?

Devin Stewart | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Devin Stewart

Signs suggest Chinese President Xi's inclination will be to double down on Communist orthodoxy. In other words, Xi won't be a Mikhail Gorbachev. He's no reformer.

Exit Hu, Enter Xi: Changing of the Guard

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Aiko Stevenson

Last year, the World Bank laid out a blueprint for reform which included privatizing large areas of the state and the greening of the economy. But, such changes will require taking on entrenched state interests. And, this will represent the heart of Xi's main challenge.

Outed CIA Spy's Latest Battle

The Huffington Post | Lance Gould | Posted 06.14.2013 | Impact

Valerie Plame Wilson was an undercover operative in the CIA's counter-proliferation division. That line of work is also known as "spying," and in that...

Recently Released Letters Between Reagan and Gorbachev Shed Light on the End of the Cold War

Jason Saltoun-Ebin | Posted 04.29.2013 | World
Jason Saltoun-Ebin

Nuclear weapons provided cover for the Soviet Union to abandon the Cold War without surrendering. At the same time, Reagan likely did not realize that the United States could win the Cold War without a Soviet surrender.