The Chickens Come Home to Roost: the Russia-Iran Concessions

Late last week, the media reported two instances of what are being called American “concessions” and “appeasement” to Russia over the Iran issue. The media has a reasonable case. Here’s what the Obama administration did: Ended sanctions against four Russian arms dealers involved in weapons trade with Iran and Syria: Rosoboronexport (the state arms exporter), …

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Deterring Neocon Boil & Bubble

There was an excellent article by Matthew Kroenig published on The New Republic’s website earlier this month, titled “Bombs Away.” In the article, Mr. Kroenig discusses “the real reason why Russia and China aren’t interested in stopping Iran’s nuclear program.” My assumptions about Russia’s position have rested on remarks I remember hearing by Pavel Felgenhauer …

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Catastrophe From the East

Last week, Romanian President Traiain Basescu announced that Romania will host U.S. Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) tactical interceptors, which should become operational by 2015. Two weeks before that, the U.S. agreed to deploy patriot missiles to Poland and place SM-3s on ships in the Black Sea. In response to the hubbub kicked up as a result, …

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The Illiberality of U.S.-Russian Relations

In a recent Foreign Policy article, Lilia Shevtsova has done a wonderful, though I think unintentional, job of synthesizing the paranoia of today’s neoconservatives. According to her assessment, America and Europe are abandoning Russia, leaving her to the wolves of illiberality. Russia’s dissidents are being deprived of their last “moral support and understanding,” and the …

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