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Ruble Rabble: The Kremlin's Grand Strategy
December 17, 2014

Ruble Rabble: The Kremlin's Grand Strategy

By Paul E. Richardson

World oil prices are plummeting, the ruble is in free fall, the Russian economy is on the brink of a recession, inflation is climbing, and the Russian Central Bank’s benchmark interest rate has jumped to 17 percent. Meanwhile, President Putin still has popularity ratings in the 80 percent range and there is, seemingly, no panic in the streets of Moscow. What is going on? What is Putin’s game? 

Idols and Anniversaries
October 31, 2014

Idols and Anniversaries

By Paul E. Richardson

Twenty-five years ago, when the Berlin Wall came tumbling down, it was a time of hope and relief. Since the 1940s we had held our breath, limping from crisis to crisis, hoping that Dr. Strangelove was not hiding in a dark corner, waiting to make his play.

7 Ways Not to Protest the Occupation of Crimea
March 07, 2014

7 Ways Not to Protest the Occupation of Crimea

By Paul E. Richardson

Russia’s occupation cum annexation of Crimea is a tragedy no matter how you slice the salami tactics. One just wants to protest, boycott, DO something. But what? Well, like President Obama and the EU, we’re coming up a bit short on the list of feasible and effective sanctions. But here are a few things we recommend NOT doing.

    Reset, Shmeeset
    September 01, 2013

    Reset, Shmeeset

    By Paul E. Richardson

    It would be an understatement to say US-Russian relations have hit a low point. Not a Cuban Missile Crisis or even a 1980 Olympic Boycott sort of low point. More like a US bombing of Belgrade or Russian sleeper spies discovered in America sort of low point.

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