WSJ: Biden’s Nominee for CIA, William J. Burns, Set to Trade Diplomacy for Spycraft

As a veteran U.S. diplomat, William J. Burns led secret negotiations with Iran and Libya over their weapons programs, served as ambassador in Jordan and Russia, oversaw U.S. relations with the Middle East and then ascended to the highest levels of the State Department.

PODCAST: Chion Wolf: Apocalypse When?

The Doomsday Clock is a metaphor. It moves closer to midnight depending on how close we are to human-made global catastrophe through climate change, nuclear weapons, and pandemics fueled by misinformation and failed leadership. Y’know, the typical folly of humankind. Find out what time it is from two members of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

Daniel Rakov and Yochai Guiski: Why Joe Biden Should Start a Cybersecurity Dialogue With Russia

The idea that engaging Russia on cyber may provide legitimacy to its behavior should be replaced with the understanding that dialogue is the best way to address and convey concerns without compromising on your values and interests.

Dmitri Trenin: Russia and Europe: the Current Impasse and the Way Out

Russia and the European Union need to imagine a more realistic goal for their relationship: a model of neighborliness, in which the inevitable disagreements will be managed in order to prevent disruptive conflicts and damaging collisions.

Two Speeches, Two Visions: Presidents Joseph R. Biden and Vladimir Putin

Today we are posting two recent speeches by the presidents of the U.S. and Russia that might serve to illuminate the differing approaches each takes toward international affairs. These very different statements might also point to the underlying differences that remain a cause for the ongoing difficulty in achieving a less strained, more productive US-Russia relationship.

President Biden: Remarks by President Biden on America’s Place in the World

We must start with diplomacy rooted in America’s most cherished democratic values: defending freedom, championing opportunity, upholding universal rights, respecting the rule of law, and treating every person with dignity.

President Putin: Speech at the Davos 2021 online forum

We all know that competition and rivalry between countries in world history never stopped, do not stop and will never stop. Differences and a clash of interests are also natural for such a complicated body as human civilisation. However, in critical times this did not prevent it from pooling its efforts – on the contrary, it united in the most important destinies of humankind.

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