1984: The Year America Didn’t Go To War

by Mark Perry As tensions between the U.S. and Iran spiked this last June, Maureen Dowd, the imitable New York Times columnist, wrote that “the man” standing between the U.S. and another war in the Middle East wasn’t a part… Continue Reading  

US Presidents & Israel-related UNSCRs: The Historical Record, 1967-Present

by Lara Friedman [Given the controversy provoked by the U.S. abstention on the UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories, we are referring readers to a memo and chart that contributor Lara Friedman prepared three months… Continue Reading  

Russia’s Colonial Allergy

by Alexander Morrison “The history of Russia is the history of a country that colonizes itself.” This phrase, first coined by the historian Sergei Solov’ev in the 1840s, gained widespread currency thanks to Vasilii Kliuchevskii’s Course of Russian History, first… Continue Reading  

Tales from the Vienna Woods

by Robert E. Hunter It’s too early to tell all there is to be told about the negotiations in Vienna between the so-called P5+1 and Iran on the latter’s nuclear program. The “telling” by each and every participant of what… Continue Reading  

Russia: Looking at History as a Continuation of Politics

by Igor Torbakov The leading Bolshevik historian Mikhail Pokrovsky famously defined history as “politics projected into the past.” Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, is taking that concept, and running with it.