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Section: The American Interest (USA)

    Countering a Kleptocratic Kremlin
    Apr20

    Countering a Kleptocratic Kremlin

    With every passing week we have new evidence of the threat that Vladimir Putin’s kleptocracy poses to our democracy, our national security, and the entire liberal world order. Putin’s regime—something akin to an organized crime ring masquerading as a state—has looted the wealth of Russia, subjugated its people, attacked neighboring...

    “We’ve Now Gotten Putin’s Attention”
    Apr17

    “We’ve Now Gotten Putin’s Attention”

    On Friday, April 6, the Treasury Department unveiled a new round of sanctions against Russia, blacklisting seven oligarchs and their affiliated companies, along with over a dozen government officials, the state-owned weapons trading company Rosoboroneksport, and its subsidiary bank. The result was a dramatic sell-off across Russian markets that...

    The Meaning of “Hard” in Syria
    Apr17

    The Meaning of “Hard” in Syria

    Some decades ago already the phrase “CNN effect” was coined, referring to a concern that the emotional power of pictures might generate such popular sentiment as to overwhelm the calm and careful deliberations of governments during crisis decision points nested in humanitarian debacles. The concern actually predated the name, since CNN set up...

    Misdiagnosing the Western Crisis
    Apr16

    Misdiagnosing the Western Crisis

    Disentangling cause and effect is notoriously hard in social and human sciences, and the current crisis of the West is no exception. Is Donald Trump to blame for the erosion of the “liberal international order”? Is Vladimir Putin undermining our democracies? Has the proliferation of fake news and cognitive bubbles on social media amplified the...

    Russiagate and the Deep State
    Apr16

    Russiagate and the Deep State

    I cannot contemplate the havoc of Russiagate without a shudder of horror not only for my country, but also for myself. How very different my life would have been over the past year or more if I had been one of those Trump volunteers assembled in early 2016 to give the campaign the pretense of having a foreign-policy team. For that matter, it...

    America’s Global Role in Question
    Mar26

    America’s Global Role in Question

    New eras in American foreign policy have begun in two different ways: suddenly and gradually. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, changed America’s role in the world in an instant. The events that turned the World War II alliance with the Soviet Union into the Cold-War confrontation that lasted for four...

    How To Deal with Putin
    Mar19

    How To Deal with Putin

    In a result that should surprise no one, Vladimir Putin was elected to a fourth term as Russia’s President on Sunday, March 18. The Kremlin’s outrageous efforts to increase turnout—including reminders to show up at the polls posted on the mobile apps of major state-owned banks—combined with massive and well-documented voter fraud...

    The West Must Step Up Russia Sanctions
    Mar16

    The West Must Step Up Russia Sanctions

    Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced a new set of sanctions targeting the Russian individuals and entities involved with the Internet Research Agency that were indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in February. The FSB and the GRU—the main Russian intelligence services—were also on the list. The move should have not surprised...

    Multilateralism for a Despotic Age
    Mar12

    Multilateralism for a Despotic Age

    “I know very well that right now some are trying to isolate Cuba. We Europeans want to show, on the contrary, that we are closer to you than ever,” said Federica Mogherini, the head of the European External Action Service, in a not-so-subtle dig at the Trump Administration. A few weeks later, Carl Bildt, Sweden’s former Prime Minister,...

    What Gorbachev Did Not Hear
    Mar12

    What Gorbachev Did Not Hear

    On December 12, 2017, The National Security Archive published a study entitled “NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard,” drawing from declassified Western and Soviet documents to argue that, in the waning days of the Cold War, senior Western leaders gave their Soviet counterparts explicit assurances—on which the West later reneged—that NATO would...

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