Russian Ideology


A Hereditary Disease

The old Soviet “enemies-are-everywhere” mentality frequently leads Russian decision makers to losses and defeat.

Worse Than the Cold War

The growing hostility between the Russian and American societies accompanies the tensions in state bilateral relations.

Past Lessons and New Challenges

Europe’s and the United States’ principal challenge for the coming years is to develop a new strategy for dealing with Russia. This strategy will have to be built on a realistic understanding of Russia as it is, rather than on what the West would like it to be and hopes it will one day become.

John Mroz, a Public Diplomat (1948-2014)

John Mroz, who died earlier this month, was the founder of the EastWest Institute, a novel concept of a “think and do tank” which sought to organize Track 2 and Track 1.5 discussions across the Cold War divide. Mroz has departed precisely at the moment when the need for his services has peaked again.

A Historical Change

Under Putin, it seems that there will be no more celebration of the end of Communist rule: the price paid for it is now deemed to be too high.

A Proxy War in Ukraine?

During the Cold War, both Washington and Moscow actively encouraged, financed, and supported proxy wars across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In the eyes of many influential figures in Moscow, that is precisely what is happening in Ukraine today.

Heirs of the ’93 Russian White House

The leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Borodai and Igor Strelkov, are both Russian citizens who worked for the intelligence services, fought in Chechnya, spent time in Transnistria and worked for the ultra-nationalist newspaper, Zavtra. Putin must know that they have become a toxic liability.

Shevardnadze’s Place in Russian History

President Shevardnadze belongs to the people of Georgia. At the same time, Foreign Minister Shevardnadze will forever remain a major figure in Russia’s history, because he helped wind down the Cold War.

Russia Day—Independence From Itself?

On June 12, Russia is celebrating its national day, but the date continues to confuse Russians. It is on this day that Russia tries to celebrate its sovereignty without raising the uncomfortable question: sovereignty from whom?

Anti-Fascism and Its Discontents

The message in Moscow is that Ukraine has been taken over by “Fascists” and neo-Nazis: if the enemies are Fascists, then all means for combatting them are acceptable.
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