Historical Memory in Russia and the USA

Contribution to a webinar of the Simone Weil Center: Politics, Tragedy, Sovereignty: A Panel Discussion on the Meaning of Today’s Russia. View on YouTube. Panelists:  Marlene Laruelle, James Carden, Anatol Lieven, Boris Mezhuev, Paul Robinson, Richard…

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December 2020

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Stay Calm About China

Beijing’s ambitions shouldn’t be treated as an existential threat to the United States.  A central distinction in Realist international relations thought is that between vital and secondary national interests. Vital interests are threats to a…

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August 2020

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Uniting Nations Against Climate Change

Could a turn inwards provide us with the weapons we need to combat global threats? If the economic crisis resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic does indeed turn out to be the worst in peacetime since…

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May 2020

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Why global warming needs national solutions

Climate change is global, but we need to get real— and grasp that the most practical way to save the world will often be one country at a time It wasn’t really much of an epiphany. I was…

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April 2020

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The pandemic and international competition: How the US can save itself with a ‘Green New Deal’

If there is one good result of the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis, it may be to remind the U.S. establishment that in the end, the international strength and influence of a country depends…

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March 2020

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Georgia and Pakistan: A Tale of Two Client States

As the situations become more complicated in Pakistan and Georgia, both American allies, the U.S. is faced with some tough choices. Every empire-indeed, every state that wishes to project dominant influence beyond its borders-sooner or…

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November 2007

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Against Russophobia

Ever since the Cold War ended, Western officials and commentators have been telling the Russians how they need to grow out of their Cold War attitudes toward the West and Western institutions, and learn to…

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December 2000

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