On January 14, the New York Times confirmed that President Donald Trump talked about pulling out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization more than once in 2018. But can the president quit NATO unilaterally? “I think the short answer is yes,” said Alexander Vershbow, a former Deputy Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council, in an interview on January 16. The US Constitution says that the Senate should give its advice and consent on treaties, but it is silent on withdrawing from treaties. However, it’s not as easy as Trump standing up and declaring that the United States is no longer a member. Damon Wilson, executive vice president of the Atlantic Council, told ABC News that Article 13 of the NATO treaty complicates things. It requires any member who wants to leave to give a one year notice to the United States before doing so. “The

Staunton, January 16 – In Brezhnev’s times, Russians often observed that unlike people elsewhere, they had not five senses but six, a reference to the Soviet leader’s frequent use of the phrase, “with a feeling of deep gratitude,” at the start of speeches, thus sending a message of how those living under his rule were supposed to feel as well. Now, Marina Yudkevich of the IdelReal portal says, a new study by the Russian government’s Financial University (fa.ru/Documents/78_Life_Satisfaction_2018.pdf)provides evidence that “this mysterious sixth sense as before is alive in Russian minds to the amazement of the rest of rational humanity” (idelreal.org/a/29713139.html). Researchers from that university surveyed Russians in 76 mid-sized and small Russians about their attitudes and expectations. Despite reporting that the real incomes of Russians had risen only 0.4 percent in the last year, a figure that


По мнению аналитиков, своим визитом Путин хочет продемонстрировать «существование российского влияния» Учитывая изобилие футболок, кружек и настенных панно с его изображением, президент России Владимир Путин может рассчитывать на теплый прием, когда в четверг прибудет в Сербию, которая является ключевым союзником Москвы на краю Европы. Хотя Сербия стремится к вступлению в ЕС, она сохраняет тесные связи с Россией, историческим «православным старшим


В четверг в Белград с официальным визитом прибывает президент России Владимир Путин, популярность которого в православных, патриотических и русофильских кругах Сербии сравнима с популярностью многих местных политиков. Визит хорошо подготовлен: из Москвы ожидают многочисленную делегацию, запланировано подписание различных двусторонних договоров, а также масштабные манифестации русско-сербской дружбы. Гуляя по центру сербской столицы, любой турист

"Российский президент проводит визит в Сербию, чтобы утвердить там российское влияние наперекор Западу", - пишет обозреватель Le Figaro Изабель Лассер. "В начале 2000-х годов война закончилась, однако Западные Балканы вновь стали полем идеологической битвы между Востоком и Западом, новой линией фронта между конкурирующими влияниями Запада и России", - пишет Le Figaro. "Двадцать лет спустя, на фоне того, как власть президента Александра Вучича в течение нескольких недель оспаривается на улицах Белграда, Владимир Путин предпринимает символический визит в столицу Сербии, о которой он часто говорил, что она является самой близкой союзницей России", - отмечает Лассер. "Прочная дружба между Россией и Сербией опирается на историю, политику и религию. Два славянских и православных народа долгое время жили


The long-anticipated missile defense review shies away from a full-scale push — which critics say underlines the idea’s folly. The Defense Department will study the possibility of space weapons — perhaps particle beams, ray guns, space lasers, or orbiting missiles — that could intercept enemy missiles coming off the launch pad, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on the Missile Defense Review, due out on Thursday. But the Pentagon will forgo actually developing them, for now. It’s

Staunton, January 12 – The “collective Putin” with its siloviki is rapidly on its way to becoming a “collective Suslov,” where ideology trumps pragmatism, Vladimir Pastukhov says. Although this is “a bad sign,” many do not recognize it yet because “they have forgotten what the power of ‘the ideologues’ looked like” at the end of Soviet times. Vladimir Putin’s press conference at the end of last year, the London-based Russian historian says, was “a master class of propaganda” which demonstrated that “Putin does not live according to reality; he creates it” (mbk-news.appspot.com/sences/kommunizm-vtoroj-svezhesti-kak-kollektivnyj-putin-prevrashhaetsya-v-kollektivnogo-suslova/). The Kremlin leader’s four-hour-long performance “did not have any relationship to politics or the media in the generally accepted meaning,” Pastukhov continues. It was ideology of the purest kind.” The relationship

Staunton, January 15 – Ever more Russians are drawing analogies between their country today and its situation in 1917 and between Vladimir Putin and the last tsar Nicholas II, sociologist and commentator Boris Kagarlitsky says; and this is quite “logical” given the tone deaf reaction of the powers that be in both cases to growing popular anger. Kagarlitsky, who approaches these questions from the point of view of Marxist analysis, tells Yevgeny Rychkov of the Nakanune news agency that most officials assumed that the Russian people would swallow the pension reform and not find any way to move from grumbling to protest (nakanune.ru/articles/114784/). That is because the powers that be thought that things were fine; and as a result, they did not understand that “in fact the pension ‘reform’ was simply the last drop” that overfilled the cup of popular anger about the regime’s

Staunton, January 7 – Russian commentator Vladimir Pozner argument that Russia will change only when the last member of the Russian elite educated in Soviet times passes away (echo.msk.ru/blog/pozner/2346625-echo/) is fundamentally wrong, Russian economist Vladislav Inozemtsev says (echo.msk.ru/blog/v_inozemcev/2347259). Not only is Pozner’s analysis mistaken in serious ways, despite being shared by many, the director of the Moscow Center for Research on Post-Industrial Society says; but it is a dangerous distraction that helps strengthen the current powers that be and thus threatens to hold Russia back for an ever longer period in the future. Pozner’s logic is superficially attractive, but it is wrong because the Russian elite now displays very few of the elements of its Soviet predecessor and many characteristics that predecessor did not share, including the inclination of many of its


Андрей Пионтковский: обе группировки приведут Россию к военной катастрофе, поражению и вероятному распаду. Почти двадцать лет назад правящая верхушка предъявила растерянному и оглушенному десятилетием "рыночных реформ" и серией взрывов домов российскому обществу слепленного в телевизионной пробирке персонажа – молодой энергичный офицер спецслужб, отдающий резкие и четкие команды, посылающий победоносные российские полки вглубь Кавказа,

Staunton, January 10 – Akhmed Zakayev, prime minister of the Ichkeria government in exile, says that many Russian generals want a third war in Chechnya because they believe Vladimir Putin stole their victory in the second by handing over control of the republic to Raman Kadyrov. And to push their cause, he says, the generals are behind a media campaign that seeks to blame Kadyrov and the Chechens for all the misfortunes of Russia, effectively making him into “a scapegoat” that must be removed from the scene if those ills are to be overcome (kavkazr.com/a/ramzana-segodnya-delayut-kozlom-otpuscheniya/29691284.html). Unfortunately, Zakhayev says, the generals’ campaign finds wide support among Russians across the political spectrum who display “a rare unanimity – the Chechens must be conquered and destroyed.” They all start from the premise that Chechnya is not under Russian control and that it must be


În deschiderea celei de a doua părți a interviului oferit de dl. prof. univ. dr. Corvin Lupu, privitor la aspecte ale evenimentelor din decembrie 1989, domnia sa dorește să facă unele precizări, pe care le publicăm în forma în care le-am primit. „Am parcurs reacțiile unora dintre cititorii primei părți a răspunsurilor la întrebările care mi-au fost adresate. Ca urmare, doresc să precizez că întrebările au fost puse de dl. Mihai Șomănescu, un cunoscător al evenimentelor pe care le abordăm. Indiferent cât de elaborate ar fi aceste


Эксперты – о перспективах страны в развитии современных технологий Минувший год в России во многом прошел под знаком признания Кремлем технологического отставания страны и необходимости срочных реформ в этой сфере. Если речь и шла об инновациях, то чаще президент РФ Владимир Путин в своих выступлениях говорил о разработке российских


Profesorul universitar Corvin Lupu de la Universitatea „Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu este un istoric cunoscut, specializat în istoria relațiilor internaționale contemporane și recente ale României, specialist în istoria Securității și a evenimentelor din decembrie 1989. Privitor la acestea, pe lângă studii, articole și analize, profesorul Corvin Lupu a scris trei cărți de mare profunzime: „România în decembrie 1989. De la revolta populară la lovitura de stat”, Prefață de Gheorghe Buzatu, Editura TechnoMedia, Sibiu, 2010, „Trădarea Securității în decembrie 1989. Secrete ale intervenției străine împotriva României”, Editura Elion, București, 2015 și „Prăbușirea

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is preparing to change its nuclear arsenal, a direct response to actions taken by Russia’s military over the last decade. Officially unveiled Friday afternoon, the Nuclear Posture Review — a comprehensive look at America’s nuclear weapons and the doctrine behind it — largely continues ideas pushed forward from the 2010 review done by the Obama administration. It fully supports the nuclear modernization projects now underway and reaffirms commitments to non-proliferation treaties. But thematically, it is hard not to notice a major shift from the 2010 NPR, which emphasized the goal of reducing nuclear stockpiles worldwide through American leadership, and the 2018 version, which emphasized the need to enhance capabilities to match with Russia. Indeed, while the NPR features sections for North Korea, China and Iran, the primary focus is clearly Russia, and what

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