Tag: Russia

Unintelligent Intelligence

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Recently, Congressman Devin Nunes of California, chair of the Intelligence Committee, revealed that Donald Trump’s team was caught up in incidental surveillance conducted during the election cycle. While this development was reported as a seeming vindication of President Trump’s controversial…

What Happened to Competition in Russia?

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“Competitive authoritarian regimes [are] competitive, in that democratic institutions are not merely a façade: opposition parties use them to seriously contest for power; but they are authoritarian in that opposition forces are handicapped by a highly uneven – and sometimes…

Jeff Sessions and Relationships with Russia

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On March 1st, allegations arose of US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, communicating with the Russian ambassador to the US during Trump’s campaign. This occurred after Sessions was questioned about relationships between Trump’s administration and The Kremlin during his confirmation hearings in…

Distract, Deceive, Repeat

Current Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, a longtime Trump backer, communicated with the Russian government despite his denials.
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Last Saturday, President Donald Trump sent out perhaps one of the strangest tweets of his presidency thus far. He alleged (somehow misspelling “tap” in the process) that former President Obama had tapped the phones at Trump Tower to gain campaign…

Divide and Rule

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At the Munich Security Conference, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, called for a “post-West world order.” It was a euphemism for what the Kremlin envisions for the future; a future that Russia is actively working to achieve. Russian foreign policy is…

Making Amends: U.S. Military Talks Turkey

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America’s former ambassador to Turkey, James Jeffrey, once noted, “you have to deal with the Turkey you have, rather than the one you’d like to have,” underscoring the importance of America’s critical Middle Eastern ally regardless of its leaders’ ideological leanings.…

The Northern Sea Route and Trudeau’s Russia Problem

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Peter the Great established St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland 300 years ago to give the Russian polity access to a warm water ports. Today, the need to acquire year-round, unfrozen sea access plays a large role in President…