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  • The Madness of Nuclear Deterrence

    by Mikhail Gorbachev

    The dangers have only become more acute in the decades since I tried to convince Thatcher.



  • The Island That Changed History

    by Sergey Radchenko

    A 1969 border clash between Moscow and Beijing pushed the two apart, and opened the door for Nixon to go to China.


  • Trump’s Bullshit-Savant Moment on Afghanistan

    by Benjamin Hopkins

    What has been lost in the consternation provoked by the President’s remarks is the fundamental question which remains unanswered – namely, what the hell is the US doing in Afghanistan?



  • Stalin’s Soaring Moscow Towers Sorely Need Body Work

    Most of the city’s so-called “Stalin high-rises” — both residential and government buildings — desperately need renovating. They are stuck in limbo, however, over who will foot the substantial bill.



  • The Soviet Side of the 1983 War Scare

    Far from being a “non crisis” or a “war scare that wasn’t,” the 1983 US-Soviet confrontation is a profound representation of the “hair trigger” mindset toward which the nuclear arms race can push humanity.



  • Stumbling Toward Armageddon

    by Sergey Radchenko

    Newly declassified documents show why the Americans and the Soviets came so close to war in 1973.



  • The cautionary tale of the Bolshevik revolution

    by Niall Ferguson

    A century ago it was the West’s great blunder to think it would not matter if Lenin and his confederates took over the Russian Empire. Incredible as it may seem, I believe we are capable of repeating that catastrophic error.