Cold War

Celebrating 100 Years of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Celebrating 100 Years of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Born a hundred years ago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn would write The Gulag Archipelago, a blistering account of the Gulag system under Stalin. George Kennan called this novel “the most powerful single indictment of a political regime ever to be levied in modern times.”

Recalling a Radical Think-Tank

Over Christmas, I noticed an obituary for Marcus Raskin, who co-founded the once high profile Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a leftist, not-so-much-noticed-anymore Washington, DC, think-tank that during the Cold War some conservative critics insinuated was in cahoots with Soviet intelligence.

A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Collapse of Communism
A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Collapse of Communism

Among the cast of historic figures fighting communism in the Cold War, there were two, one at the Vatican and another at the White House, who uniquely stood out and stood together

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Angolan Dinner with George H.W. Bush & Jerry Falwell

Angola’s elections last week signaled the departure of Africa’s second longest serving leader, reminding me of an exhilarating 1986 dinner I attended.

Irina Ratushinskaya
Freeing the Captives

May the United States and democratic allies like Britain “not falter,” forever sustaining “valiant hearts” to light the path for courageous prisoners of conscience like Irina Ratushinskaya.

Helmut Kohl’s Christian Democracy

Helmut Kohl will be forever recalled as Germany’s longest serving chancellor since Bismarck, as Reagan’s stalwart ally during the Cold War, and as the unifier of a divided Germany.

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“Star Wars” 40 Years Ago

The rhapsodic public reception that Star Wars received 40 years ago in America, even as it was originally banned in the Soviet Union, was part of a larger, slowly emerging renewal of American confidence in its democratic principles and in its global responsibilities.

Burying a Hero & Recalling a Generation

Friday I attended a memorial service at Fort Myer for Nixon-era Defense Secretary Melvin Laird, who died in November at…

Ike’s Military Industrial Complex

Bret Baier’s new book Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission focuses on Ike’s 1961 farewell speech eschewing the “military industrial complex.”