Vladimir Putin

Trump Foreign Policy Optimism
Reasons for Optimism: Initial Thoughts on a Trump Administration

Much of the coverage of Donald Trump’s foreign policy views have focused on areas of concern. Here are some reasons for optimism.

A President Trump Could Serve Russia Well
Trump’s Task with Russia

Every Brexit-Trump gain is a gain for Russia’s historic aspirations to recreate geographic and population buffers around the Russian border.

Václav Havel Plea to America Help Russia on Road to Democracy
Václav Havel’s Plea to America: “Help Russia on Road to Democracy”

As we approach the 80th anniversary of the birth of Václav Havel on October 5, we reflect on the legacy of the man who needs no introduction.

Baneful Foe Foreign Influence White House Trump Clinton
A Baneful Foe: Foreign Influence in the White House

Alexander Hamilton argued in Federalist #68 that given “the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils,” the Constitution should erect “every practicable obstacle” to prevent such “intrigue and corruption.”

Book Review Bobo Lo Russia & the New World Disorder
Resurrecting Order without Adapting

Bobo Lo’s Russia & the New World Disorder examines how the country’s internal politics and worldview impact its foreign policy choices. A dense and informative work that immensely rewards readers who have the patience to delve deeply, the book also makes the case for why Russia may struggle in the “new world disorder”.

Winter is Coming Book Review Garry Kasparov
Better Bundle Up

Kasparov argues in Winter is Coming that Putin and his kleptocratic government poses serious risks for the world’s democracies as the oligarchs maintain their wealth and power by any means necessary.

Wrong Partners, Wrong Direction
Wrong Partners, Wrong Direction

As Recep Tayyip Erdogan steers Turkey further away from liberal democracy and ever closer to authoritarianism, we’re reminded of just how often President Obama has picked the wrong partners and chosen the wrong direction on the world stage.

French Officers Back
The French Officers are Back

The French officers are not satisfied with a mere recognition of their technical qualities. They are clamoring for their legitimate return into the political arena.

Central Eastern Europe Needs Engaged United States
Central and Eastern Europe Needs an Engaged United States

Many American officials have concluded that issues in Central and Eastern Europe have been fixed once and for all and that they can “check the box” and move on to other more pressing strategic issues. Relations have been so close that many on both sides assume that the region’s transatlantic orientation, as well as its stability and prosperity, would last forever. That view is premature.