Russia and the West: On the Brink

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by Tony Brenton April saw the lowest point in Russia’s relations with the West since the early 1980s – as embodied in three events. On 6 April the US imposed new, tougher, economic sanctions on Russia, battering the rouble and… Continue Reading  

Thinking about the Thinkable

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by Robert E. Hunter The late Herman Kahn created a major stir in 1962, when he published a comprehensive and deeply unsettling study on thermonuclear war, Thinking About the Unthinkable. Fortunately, his propositions about what was understood, in retrospect, to… Continue Reading  

The New New Cold War

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by John Feffer When an epoch ends, as the Cold War did between 1989 and 1991, it takes some time to come up with a name for the new order. For some years, the world lived in a “post-Cold War”… Continue Reading  

In Eastern Ukraine, Civilians Pay

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by Alisa Sopova The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, now entering its fifth year, has exhausted the local population. Civilians are hostages to a lack of political will, says a top official from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.… Continue Reading  

The Forgotten Benefits of Deterrence

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by Paul R. Pillar During the Cold War, no concept was more central to U.S. national security strategy and to the relationship between the superpowers than deterrence. The concept long predates the Cold War, of course, but during that four-decade… Continue Reading