Tag Archives: US-Russian relation

Dismantling the Doomsday Machines

“From a technical point of view, he (Stanley Kubrick) anticipated many things. … Since that time, little has changed, honestly. The only difference is that modern weapons systems have become more sophisticated, more complex. But this idea of a retaliatory strike and the inability to manage these systems, yes, all of these things are relevant today. It (controlling the systems) will become even more difficult and more dangerous.” (Emphasis, jw)

Russia | The End of Russia’s ‘Democratic Illusions’ About America

How Russiagate has impacted a vital struggle in Russia.

For decades, Russia’s self-described “liberals” and “democrats” have touted the American political system as one their country should emulate. They have had abundant encouragement in this aspiration over the years from legions of American crusaders, who in the 1990s launched a large-scale, deeply intrusive, and ill-destined campaign to transform post-Communist Russia into a replica of American “democratic capitalism.” (See my book Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia.) Some Russian liberals even favored NATO’s eastward expansion when it began in the late 1990s on the grounds that it would bring democratic values closer to Russia and protect their own political fortunes at home.

Russia | The U.S. Can’t Bring Russia ‘to Its Knees’

At least not without setting off a global energy and financial crisis.

By Leonid Bershidsky

The U.S.’s sanctions policy against Russia is evolving from trying to nudge the Kremlin in a desired direction to inflicting maximum pain. This is a slippery slope, and it’s time to consider the most extreme consequences for Russia, as well as the U.S. and its allies.

USA | Sanction Mania vs. Russia

By Stephen F. Cohen

Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at NYU and Princeton, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. Previous installments, now in their fifth year, are at TheNation.com.

Russia | US Treasury sanctions individuals, entities over Russia, DPRK-related accusations

US Department of the Treasury on Tuesday announced sanctions on several individuals and entities over their involvement in actions against the US sanction measures on Russia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

In an announcement, the Treasury targeted two entities and two Russian individuals “in order to counter attempts to evade US sanctions.”