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Analysis and Commentary

William J. Perry On Nuclear War And Nuclear Terrorism

by William J. Perryvia The Bulletin
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

On June 26, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea, beginning an ugly war that resulted in more than a million casualties, and demonstrated to even the most optimistic that a Cold War was seriously underway. That was just two weeks after I got my master’s degree from Stanford, so it is no exaggeration to say that I am a child of the Cold War.

Analysis and Commentary

Truckers Halt Moscow Traffic As Putin Shifts The Blame

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Long-haul truckers from the North Caucasus to Western Siberia began a protest against a new GPS-based federal road tax on November 11. Independent truckers formed slow-moving convoys that caused kilometer-long traffic jams throughout the affected regions.

The ECHR On Russian Surveillance

by Benjamin Wittes
Monday, December 7, 2015

Over at EJIL: Talk!, the estimable Marko Milanovic notes what he describes as a "hugely important" surveillance opinion in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

In the News

Russian Federation Welcome In Anti-Islamic State Coalition If It Changes Syria Stance The Election Central

quoting Michael McFaulvia The Election Central
Monday, December 7, 2015

"We can not succumb to fear", Obama said, standing alongside French President Francois Hollande after they met at the White House to discuss the anti-ISIS mission.

In the News

Russia May Never Change Its Negative Policy Towards Turkey

quoting Michael McFaulvia Today's Zaman
Saturday, December 5, 2015

The downing of a Russian jet by NATO ally Turkey on its Syrian border two weeks ago may have resulted in the beginning of a significant, comprehensive Russian policy shift toward Turkey, and it is likely that the estrangement between the two countries will continue even if the tension over the jet is eased.


Erdogan's Turkey Is A Dubious Ally

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Turkey often appeals to the West for support, given its longtime membership in NATO. Now, Turkish leadership is in a shouting match with Russia's provocative president, Vladimir Putin, over Turkey's downing of a Russian jet in probable Turkish airspace.


NATO Invites Montenegro Into The Alliance — And Russia Can Only Blame Itself

by Kori Schakevia National Review
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Russia just got Montenegro admitted to NATO. At the meeting of its foreign ministers on December 1, the NATO alliance agreed to extend an invitation of membership to a country with which it was at war in 1999.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Putin Makes A Bad Ally

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Project Syndicate
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention in the Syrian conflict has been welcomed by some as a moment for the Kremlin to “come in from the cold.” Russia’s conflict with the Islamic State, the argument goes, has aligned the country’s interests with those of the West. Even Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane does not seem not to have deflated this optimism.

Analysis and Commentary

Take That, Vladimir!

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

[Registration Required] It’s a bold move to invite tiny Montenegro to join the NATO alliance — and a rebuke to Russian aggression.

Analysis and Commentary

International Law And The UN GGE Report On Information Security

by Elaine Korzakvia Just Security
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The international community recently took an important step toward establishing global norms of behavior in cyberspace with the publication of the UN’s outcome report from its 2014/2015 Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Information Security.