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    The Downfall of Russia's Defense Minister

    On November 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin sacked Defense Minister Anatoly E. Serdyukov, who has held the post since 2007. Serdyukov had overseen the largest and most radical military reform of the Russian armed forces since the creation of the Red Army in 1918. Under Serdyukov, a former furniture businessman … More

    Russia Ramps Up Missile Tests

    Russian President Vladimir Putin recently oversaw a strategic exercise—including a series of coordinated missile tests—that drew on Russia’s nuclear “triad” (bombers, intercontinental-range ballistic missiles [ICBMs], and submarine-launched ballistic missiles [SLBMs]). Both the ICBM and the SLBM reached their respective targets after having traveled distances of more than 6,000 kilometers. Less … More

    U.S. Fires Its Own Broadcasters in Russia

    The treatment inflicted on 41 Russian journalists in Moscow’s Radio Liberty office is nothing less than scandalous, and it threatens to silence American broadcasting into Russia for good. But what is even more scandalous is that it was not the Russian government that, without warning, shut those journalists out of … More

    Morning Bell: How Obama's Foreign Policy Is Failing

    Libya. Egypt. Syria. Iran. Russia. China. America’s relations with the world aren’t looking too good. President Obama said that in his Administration, America would reach out to other countries as “an equal partner” rather than as the “exceptional” nation that many before him had embraced; that “any world order that … More

    David vs. Goliath in Venezuela's Elections

    On October 7, millions of Venezuelans will vote for the man who will lead their country for the next six years. Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s populist, authoritarian Goliath, is confident of victory. Despite battling cancer and working overtime to hide the consequences of 13 years of mismanagement, incompetence, and corruption, he … More

    News Flash for the Pentagon: U.S.–Russian "Reset" Failed

    On Wednesday, Under Secretary of Defense Jim Miller argued that the Obama Administration’s “reset” policy with Russia had succeeded. According to Miller, rapproachment with Russia has enabled the U.S. to diversify supply routes into Afghanistan and implement tough sanctions against Iran. Miller’s claim does not pass the reality test on … More

    Russian Reset Roulette: Putin Throws Obama's Foreign Aid Under the Bus

    The State Department announced yesterday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has informed the United States he will not permit any further activities by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Russian Federation. State officials tried to put the best face on this humiliating rejection, saying they are “extremely … More

    Crane Number One: Putin's Bizarre Flight

    Vladimir Putin donned a white cloak, helmet and a crane’s beak and climbed into an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of endangered red cranes in the Arctic Yamal peninsula in their maiden flight south. The cranes, raised in captivity, were supposed to get imprinted by Putin as their flock … More

    Russian "Telephone Justice" for Pussy Riot

    Members of the Russian female punk band Pussy Riot, who have become international celebrities as victims of Russian “justice,” on August 17 received two-year jail terms for acts of “hooliganism” against the Russian church. They will be serving their sentence in the allegedly most “lenient incarceration” available, not a particularly … More

    Will the President Clarify His "Flexibility" Remarks on Missile Defense?

    Cliff May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, writes in his recent article that too few people are interested in finding out what was behind President Obama’s “flexibility” comments to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in March and whether Obama made secret deals with the Russians. On March 26, … More