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Russian Hostility 'Partly Caused By West', Claims Former US Defence Head

featuring William J. Perryvia The Guardian
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

William Perry says US contempt toward Russia as ‘third-rate power’ after end of Cold War played a big role.

One Day We Will Live Without Fear: Everyday Lives Under the Soviet Police State
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Hoover Fellow Describes Life Under The Soviet Police State

featuring Mark Harrisonvia Stanford News
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Harrison, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, draws on Soviet Communist Party and secret police records housed at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives. In his work, he describes how people became entangled in the workings of Soviet rule.

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Three Minutes To Midnight: Closer To Nuclear Conflict Than We Think

featuring William J. Perryvia War on the Rocks
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

While at Stanford last month, we had a long conversation with former Secretary of Defense William Perry about the nuclear dangers facing the world. We were struck by his provocative and frightening outlook: that the possibility of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War. North Korea’s recent bluster only underlines the dangers.

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Putin And Patton In Syria

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The term “culminating point” in military operations describes the stage of an offensive at which the heretofore successful attacker is about to outrun his advantages, whether in numbers, materiel or psychological leverage on the defender.


Kori Schake: Conversations In Diplomacy

interview with Kori Schakevia Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake assesses the “key ingredients” for successful outcomes at the upcoming Warsaw Summit in July, including the “need for deterrence and détente” in dealing with Russia, and NATO’s interoperability with other institutions.

Analysis and Commentary

First, Suspect Your Friends

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Sunday, February 28, 2016

In 1983 Sharon Tennison, a US citizen, launched the Center for Citizen Initiatives, an NGO dedicated to improving US-Soviet relations from below. Her work is now in its fourth decade. In support of that work she has spoken up for more understanding of Russia in the West. 

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Former Cold War Hawk Urges Russia-US Thaw For 'The Sake Of Our Children'

quoting Sam Nunnvia Sputnik News
Friday, February 26, 2016

In the wake of the coming ceasefire in Syria, former US Senator Sam Nunn, who himself claimed to be a hawk during the Cold War, has urged both Russia and the US to avoid the dangers “we went through then, for the sake of our children and grandchildren”.

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Sam Nunn Urges US-Russian Cooperation At Carnegie Moscow Center

featuring Sam Nunnvia Nuclear Threat Initiative
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Former Senator and NTI Co-Chairman Sam Nunn delivered remarks today in Moscow on the challenges and opportunities for U.S.-Russian cooperation.

Analysis and Commentary

Putin Hammers Another Nail In The Coffin Of The Russian Economy

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, February 22, 2016

As a regular visitor to the USSR and Russia in the late 1980s and 1990s, I remember the utter disaster commercial aviation was back then. Moscow’s three airports seemed deliberately designed to torture ordinary passengers, whereas the elite were escorted to their flights from exclusive lounges.

Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928
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BBC Claims Stalin Only Killed ‘Thousands’

quoting Norman M. Naimarkvia
Monday, February 22, 2016

The BBC has placed the number of people killed by the Russian Communist dictator Joseph Stalin in the “hundreds of thousands,” massively downplaying the truly horrific scale of his 30 year reign of terror. The true figure is dispute, but estimates place it in the tens of millions.