Vladimir Putin

History & Democratic Piety

MLK’s arc towards justice doesn’t entail passivity and requires sacrificial labor with patience. It also offers confidence that such labors are not in vain. There is a cosmic superstructure, and its Architect presides and will prevail.

America Must Defend Democracy
America Must Defend Democracy

What the Free World built from the rubble of World War II isn’t perfect. But it’s unquestionably better than the alternative being pushed by Xi and Putin—and it’s definitely worth defending.

The Syrian Revolution Turns 10
The Syrian Revolution Turns 10

Ten years on, the rulers in Damascus sleep easily once again. Without incurring any great punishment from the outside world for their ghastly crimes, the crisis has left Assad and his henchmen emboldened.

New START Extension Does Not Change Great Power Competition with Russia or China
New START Extension Does Not Change Great Power Competition with Russia or China

President Biden’s decision to fully extend the treaty without condition was mostly met with a figurative sigh of relief from arms control advocates and those who seek a world “free of nuclear weapons.” But Americans should be sober-minded about the real impact of the treaty, and not be lulled into believing New START, or any one treaty, will moderate US adversaries or better position the United States in our competition with either Russia or China.

Another Day of Infamy

January 6, 2021, shocked and sickened many of us. It was a terrible, shameful day for the American Republic—truly yet another day of infamy in America’s bruised and bloodied history.

What Power Still Gets Wrong on Humanitarian Intervention: A Book Review of Samantha Power’s The Education of An Idealist
What Power Still Gets Wrong on Humanitarian Intervention: A Review of Samantha Power’s The Education of An Idealist

In “The Education of an Idealist,” Samantha Power comes across as a compassionate person with generous impulses. These attributes cannot by themselves determine policy on the question of humanitarian interventions.

Five Lessons during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Five Lessons during the COVID-19 Pandemic

While quarantined with my family during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following five lessons with international affairs applications have come into focus.

Obama and Trump’s Mistakes in Syria: Green Lights and Red Lines
Obama and Trump’s Mistakes in Syria: Green Lights and Red Lines

As we continue to sift through the shrapnel of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Syria and green-light Turkey’s long-planned operations against Syria’s Kurds and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria, we need to keep in mind that what transpired in October represents only the short-term consequences.

The Religious Sources of Russian Conduct
The Religious Sources of Russian Conduct

To better grasp Russian conduct, past and present, we would do well to understand its religious sources in Orthodox Christianity.