Gordon M. Hahn: Russian Republicans’ Circular Firing Squad and Russia’s Continuing Authoritarianization

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.

Gordon Adams: Fixing US diplomacy will take more than re-arranging deck chairs

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.

Natylie Baldwin: Was the ‘Long Telegram’ Accurate?

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?

Lowy Insttitute: Macron and Biden: “Friends, allied, but not aligned”

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.

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Here’s what leaders facing global crises can learn from Mikhail Gorbachev

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.

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