What Is to Be Done About the “Russian Question?”

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by Igor Torbakov The October Revolution of 1917 was not a singular event, but five years of violent political upheaval and social radicalization, culminating with the establishment of the Soviet Union in 1922. It set the empire’s many peoples on… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump and the Fourth Great Shattering

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by John Feffer When the historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., published his bestseller The Disuniting of America in 1991, he didn’t seriously entertain the worst-case scenario suggested by the title. At the time, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia were imploding, while separatist movements… Continue Reading  

The End of the American Empire

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by Chas W. Freeman, Jr. I’m here to talk about the end of the American empire. But before I do I want to note that one of our most charming characteristics as Americans is our amnesia. I mean, we are so… Continue Reading  

Syria: Anti-Imperialism for Dummies

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by Charles Davis An iron law of know-nothing “anti-imperialists” is that if a group receives support from the United States, however minimally—or even just is perceived as aligned with U.S. interests—that group must be very bad and should be opposed… Continue Reading  

Can the Middle Eastern Humpty Dumpty Be Put Back Together Again?

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by Graham E. Fuller As mayhem and anarchy spread like a contagion across the Middle East, can the Middle East, like Humpty Dumpty, be put back together again?