Soviet Union (USSR)

10 Things to Know About Vladimir Putin
10 Things to Know About Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin recently announced that in 2018 he will run for a fourth term as President of Russia. After winning the election—which he is projected to do since he has no serious challengers—he will be the longest-serving Kremlin chief since Josef Stalin.

A Study in Totalitarianism: Book Review of Anne Applebaum’s Red Famine
A Study in Totalitarianism: Review of Applebaum’s Red Famine

Applebaum’s analysis of the Holodomor in Red Famine presents not so much a scientific study in human starvation as a political study of the horrifying possibilities of totalitarianism.

The Baltics: NATO’s Soft Underbelly?
The Baltics: NATO’s Soft Underbelly?

With the consequential economic depression, the heavy influence of Russian propaganda, the presence of former Soviet officials receiving a monthly check from Moscow, and being far from Riga in so many ways, Daugavpils appears to be NATO’s “soft” underbelly.

In the Kremlin’s Crosshairs - Russia Election Interference
In the Kremlin’s Crosshairs

In light of its actions in 2016, there should be no question as to whether Vladimir Putin’s Russia is or can be a friend.

Thoughts in Wartime England: In Praise of the British
Thoughts in Wartime England: In Praise of the British

This essay, written by Lynn Harold Hough for Christianity and Crisis on October 19, 1942, praises the quiet strength and steely courage of the British people throughout World War Two.

What You Should Know About Nuclear Weapons
What You Should Know About Nuclear Weapons

The U.S. Defense Department contains an inventory of roughly 7,100 nuclear warheads. About 4,760 are active, while approximately 2,340 warheads are retired, but still intact. The retired warheads are in storage and await dismantlement. Here is what you should know about nuclear weapons:

Plans for World Reorganization: The Problem of Power
Plans for World Reorganization: The Problem of Power

The idealists desire a global government; the realists see the problem of power. Niebuhr explains, critiques, and offers wisdom for an international body.

Just Prudence: Defending Aquinas on Preemption, Prevention, & Decisiveness in War
Just Prudence: Defending Aquinas on Preemption, Prevention, & Decisiveness in War

St. Thomas Aquinas knew more than his modern emendators do about grounding his just war deliberations—and much else—in the cardinal moral virtue of prudence.

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