Tag Archives: Russia

Greece and the EU’s holy cow.

Since the January 2015 electoral victory of the far left Syriza party to govern Greece, speculation has been rife in the European media about a profligate left wing government in Athens intent on extracting more money from European creditors in … Continue reading

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Helmut Kohl, Aus Sorge um Europe: Ein Appell, Droemer Verlag, 2014.

This small book by former Chancellor Helmut Kohl is not his own account of what happened as the Berlin Wall came down, and Germany moved to reunification. That is available in his memoirs, published at the same time: Vom Mauerfall … Continue reading

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Joseph S. Nye, Jr, Is the American Century Over? Polity Press, 2015

In 1991, Nye published Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power, a response to Paul Kennedy’s best-selling The Rise and Decline of Great Powers, in which Kennedy had written that the US was in decline due to an … Continue reading

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The Ukrainian crisis: the Finland option.

The western  boycott on Russia for its invasion of the Ukraine is a modest measure of limited consequence. The only outcome that we should wish for is a “Finlandization” of the Ukraine. Russia, of course, is vulnerable. That goes particularly … Continue reading

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Global energy scenarios to 2035

Global energy is and always has been, highly controversial, particularly since the world’s conversion from locally supplied coal in the 1950s, to  dependence on oil from the Gulf.  The shift occurred swiftly .  Changes in U.S. tax incentives in 1958 … Continue reading

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The Cyprus bank raid

Finally, Russia has become a player in the Euro drama. Why Moscow remained discreet about the Greek meltdown remains obscure. What is less obscure is the huge deposits Cyprus-based banks have taken from the Russian wealthy. So at first glance, … Continue reading

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The Global Structure, Economic Development, and Conflicts over Culture in the 2010s

Introduction Looking back from mid-2008 to the years 1988-1992, when the communist system collapsed, it seemed that the United States, in the words of Harvard University’s Joseph Nye, was “bound to lead”.[1] Though nuanced in intent, the phrase came to … Continue reading

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Russia, China and the global financial crisis, published in French in l’essentiel des relations internationales, Janvier/février 2009.pp 42-46

    August 8,2008 is a date to be remembered as the day when the Beijing Games opened andRussiainvadedGeorgia. The opening ceremony’s grandeur spoke toChina’s millennial past, and its claim to status of the first rank in world affairs.Russia’s invasion of Georgian … Continue reading

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