Cold War Again: Who’s Responsible?



The East-West confrontation over Ukraine, which led to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea but long predated it, is potentially the worst international crisis in more than fifty years—and the most fateful. A negotiated resolution is possible, but time may be running out.


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Syria: The Alternative to War



By claiming for weeks that “doing nothing” is the only alternative to a “limited” military response to the Assad regime’s reported use of chemical weapons in Syria—plainly stated, an illegal American war against a nation that has not threatened the United States—the Obama administration has continued Washington’s post–Cold War disdain for diplomatic solutions to international crises.


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Mr. Xi Goes to Moscow: Much Ado About Nothing?



A more nuanced appraisal of Russia’s relationship with China tells us a great deal about both how Russian elites define their country’s core interests and possible trajectories for Russian foreign policy that bear little resemblance to these grim forecasts.


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The Spy Who…oh, never mind.



When Ryan Fogle, Third Secretary at the American Embassy in Moscow, was arrested for attempting to recruit a Russian security-services officer, the world sat up and took notice. Then it snickered and sat down again.


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Off-White like Dzhokhar



What do Americans see when they look at the faces of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev? And do Russians see the same thing?


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Cultures of War: Homefronts



Saturday’s panel “Homefronts”, part of this past weekend’s international symposium Cultures of War: From the French Revolution to the Russian Revolution, saw a lively discussion of the domestic experience of war, focusing on the social consequences of mobilization for warfare


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