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    The Dangerous Incoherence of Trump’s Russia Policy
    Dec22

    The Dangerous Incoherence of Trump’s Russia Policy

    In 2014, the Republican Congress passed the loftily named Ukrainian Freedom Support Act, which permitted the sale of lethal weapons to Ukraine. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law, but as The Washington Post reported, he “never authorized large commercial or government sales, a move widely seen as a de facto decision not to provide...

    The Open Secret About
Trump’s Collusion With Russia
    Dec21

    The Open Secret About Trump’s Collusion With Russia

    Donald Trump made countless startling statements during last year’s presidential campaign, but one—in Doral, Florida—may be coming back to haunt him. At a televised news conference on July 27, 2016, Trump delivered a direct message to Moscow. Not content with the fact that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee, the candidate...

    Sucking Up to the Boss Baby
    Dec09

    Sucking Up to the Boss Baby

    The key to survival in Donald Trump’s orbit is knowing that you’re really only ever performing for an audience of one. Lose his approval and trust and you’re out. When Kellyanne Conway says that “a lot of people in the mainstream media interfered with our election by trying to help Hillary Clinton win” or Stephen Miller shouts...

    How a Democracy Dies
    Dec08

    How a Democracy Dies

    We tend to think of democracies dying at the hands of men with guns. During the Cold War, coups d’etat accounted for nearly three out of every four democratic breakdowns. Military coups toppled Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in 2013 and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in 2014. In cases like these, democracy dissolves in...

    Why Stalin Starved Ukraine
    Nov22

    Why Stalin Starved Ukraine

    History is a battleground, perennially fought over, endlessly contested. Nowhere does this aphorism hold true more than in Russia. A majority of Russians recently voted Joseph Stalin the “most outstanding person” in world history (followed, naturally, by current President Vladimir Putin). No longer the monster of the gulags and purges that killed...

    The Audacity of Joe Biden
    Nov18

    The Audacity of Joe Biden

    PROMISE ME, DAD: A YEAR OF HOPE, HARDSHIP, AND PURPOSE by Joe BidenFlatiron Books, 272 pages, $27.00Joe Biden’s memoir Promise Me, Dad is many things. It is a snapshot of a painful period of Biden’s life, as his son, Beau, fights a highly aggressive form of brain cancer and eventually dies in June of 2015. It’s a powerful look...

    How Ukraine Got Caught Between East and West
    Nov07

    How Ukraine Got Caught Between East and West

    In October 1994, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Borys Tarasyuk, came to Washington. There he met with Deputy Secretary of State, Strobe Talbott, with whom Tarasyuk raised the question of NATO enlargement. Tarasyuk noted Moscow’s growing discontent about NATO. In the event of enlargement, what was the American vision for Ukraine, Tarasyuk...

    Weaken From Within
    Nov02

    Weaken From Within

    Let us review, if only in brief, some of the facts as they are presently understood. Two years ago, a shadowy company based in Russia called the Internet Research Agency began buying Facebook ads in bulk. An estimated 11.4 million people across the United States saw these ads, both before and after the U.S. presidential election. Many millions...

    Trump’s “No Collusion” Defense Is Falling Apart
    Oct31

    Trump’s “No Collusion” Defense Is Falling Apart

    For nearly a year now, “no collusion” has been a kind of mantra for President Donald Trump and his administration. Trump and other White House officials have tried to muddy the waters of the Russia investigation by arguing that it is a partisan witch hunt and that Hillary Clinton was the real colluder—but “no collusion” has always been the...

    Why Democracy Didn’t Work in Russia
    Oct27

    Why Democracy Didn’t Work in Russia

    The photographer Ivan Sigal documented post-Soviet life in Moscow during the 1990s.In 1997, Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, the Clinton administration’s lead official on all matters Russia, gave a speech at Stanford University on American policy toward Moscow. He admitted, in not so many words, that persuading the erratic...

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