It just may be that a truly massive demonstration, particularly in Moscow, might force Putin to engage the opposition. However, for this to be achieved it would be good if such protests were preceded by a detailed proposal from the opposition on what kinds of compromises they would prefer to discuss.
President Joe Biden has now stated several times that America is “back at the table” internationally, and will be “leading with diplomacy” in an effort to “earn back our position of trusted leadership.” But our civilian institutions are not ready for the challenge of demilitarizing U.S. foreign policy and engaging in a dramatically different world.
Intra-NATO tensions were worsening for nearly two decades before Trump took office.
Ambassador John Evans’ learned and calm perspective on Russia, the war in the Caucasus, and U.S. foreign policy altogether is sorely needed, especially as the fissure between Russia and the West grows ever larger.
This September’s Duma elections will be decisive for Putin’s re-election in 2024.
Conventional wisdom generally has it that Kennan’s assessment of the Soviet government was accurate. But was it? And if it wasn’t accurate, why has it been treated as a brilliant analysis that underpinned a policy still characterized as an inevitable necessity?
One of Macron’s priorities has been to push for a strengthening of the EU and European defence. The French president has indeed not hidden his strong Gaullist heritage, and Trump’s presidency and his attempt to weaken NATO was only a reminder that the EU cannot simply rely on others when it comes to its defence.
Gorbachev, who celebrates his 90th birthday on March 2, was perhaps the most radical thinker about security to ever lead a major world power – and certainly the most radical to ever lead a nuclear country.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron is looking forward – to an entirely new transatlantic “security architecture” for the 21st century.
Armenia would welcome the expansion of a Russian military base on its territory and the redeployment of some Russian forces closer to its border with Azerbaijan after a conflict with its neighbor last year.