February 23, 2017
A Governor Who Loves to Spend
The best way to bankrupt a region: the example of Samara and Mordovia.
Governor Nikolai Merkushkin has been head of Samara Province for four years now, and for 17 years before that he was in charge of neighbouring Mordovia. This is ...
February 3, 2017
The Syrian Nemesis
Almost thirty five years ago,the Soviet Union got into a war in Syria on the side of Hafezal-Assad, the Syrian ruler and the father of the present leader, with results disastrous for the USSR.
In June 1982, the Israeli Air Force ...
January 23, 2017
Turkey and The West in Syria: Course Correction
A new policy paper from The Henry Jackson Society, Turkey and The West in Syria: Course Correction, argues that Western policy towards Turkey must change in light of the nature of Turkish involvement in Syria. Having initially attempted to improve ...
January 11, 2017
Under the Aegis of the Foreign Ministry
Six months ago, Andrey Piontkovsky, in the course one of our conversations, came up with an unexpected hypothesis: that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had ‘spoiled’ Putin. Russian diplomats, in the political analyst’s opinion, are behind Putin’s anti-Americanism and anti-Westernism and, ...
January 5, 2017
Age of Delirium
Not long ago, American scientists once again turned their attention to the case of Phineas P. Gage, whose strange fate raised the possibility that the brain contains a “moral center.”
On September 13, 1848, Gage, a 25-year-old construction foreman for the ...