All tagged Russia

AIPACalypse

While those that like to keep life simpler than it actually is could link together the actions of a government with the actions of the people it supposedly represents, it is a foolish outlook worthy of contempt. The actions of the Chinese government should not influence one’s attitude toward Chinese people much as the actions of the Russian government should not influence one’s attitude toward Russian people or the actions of the Israeli government should not influence one’s attitude toward Israeli people. This is a form of group punishment and deserves nothing but derision…

The Putin Paradox

And so we have a conundrum. A state of conflict exists that will only go away when Putin is out of power or knuckles under the pressure, but the entire Russian political system depends on Putin to function, and a defunct Russian government makes their weapons of mass destruction less secure. The adage that it is better to deal with the devil you know then the devil you don’t applies here…

The Brexit Mulligan

…If the arguments for Leave were not made in good faith; if the results of the election were altered by a foreign power; if the impact of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union has been made more apparent, wouldn’t a Brexit do-over be appropriate? There is the very reasonable concern for democratic tradition and integrity if the result of an election were reversed before its effects went into place. On the other hand…

Revanchism

…Revanchism - the desire to reclaim lost territory - has a long and storied history. In the earliest days of humanity we wandered across a borderless world, pursuing our prey or escaping inclement weather. Over a period of tens of thousands of years, humanity began the process of permanent settlements. And while tribal or national identity changed over the subsequent thousands of years through natural genesis, assimilation, or depopulation and repopulation, these settlements - and the lands that surround them - became a matter of identity for the people that lived there. 

Creeping Corruption

Keeping a government functional enough to preserve legitimacy requires investment, monetary or otherwise, by powerful figures inside its demesne. Thus, while the public good is of at least nominal interest for all governments, every government requires keeping necessary private investors loyal to the structure made by the government…

Russian Tango

It is important to keep in mind what Russia's likely objective was for the 2016 election - it wanted to destabilize the United States so Russia could pursue its own interests unimpeded by American resistance. This is why the Facebook advertisements they took out were on all sides of the political spectrum - while the lion's share was in support of Republicans and Trump, there was also many for Black Lives Matter, Bernie Sanders, and other anti-Trump factions…

Storm in a Vacuum

…with no domineering power in the world, regional powers will aspire to become superpowers. And as regional powers clash in this aspiration, the apocalypse that was suspended in the Cold War risks a return to relevance. If America does withdraw back into a shell, the world will likely have China be the most important country in the world, Russia the most aggressive country in the world, and Europe either shattered into pro- and anti-Russian alliances or united vigorously against Russia…

Ruined Bruin - Part One

Russia as we know it traces its beginning to Novgorod, in northern Russia. Back then, Russia was an assortment of rival cities and towns assorted in a myriad of confederations, raiding each other as they had to fend off intermittent raids from the steppe people to the southeast and vikings to the northwest. The vikings, like the steppe people, had a heavy influence on Russian history...