Denmark has picked up 500 tons of Libyan chemical warfare materials, apparently mostly precursors, and is transporting them to Germany for destruction. (Top photo from here) Read More
Ready for a little vacation? How about the forests of Myanmar, the North Korean seashore, or delightful Novaya Zemlya before the sun sets this fall? Read More
Thomas Graham Jr. updates George Kennan’s Long Telegram. Top photo from here. Read More
What does a great-power autocrat have to do to get some respect? Vladimir Putin would like to know. Read More
It seems like there is a competition for worldwide attention. Donald Trump has it wrapped up at the moment, but Vladimir Putin is making a strong attempt. We can expect Kim Jong Un to weigh in soon, especially since his deputy ambassador to the UK has defected to South Korea (photo of North Korean embassy in London from here).
Here’s some of the news about Russia. Read More
What is happening in Syria is horrifying. Protests in 2011 were met with shooting by Bashar al-Assad’s troops. Brutality led to civil war. Factions joined one side or the other, including groups linked to al-Qaeda, as ISIS expanded into eastern Syria. The United States and European countries bomb various groups, mostly ISIS, and supply special forces and training. Iran supports Assad with troops and equipment. Saudi Arabia supports rebel groups. Russia entered the fighting last fall and bombs hospitals and markets along with the Assad regime, which has also used chlorine as a war gas. Refugees flee into surrounding states and Europe. Every day my Twitter feed brings photos of more atrocities. Read More
Vladimir Putin today named Anton Vaino his chief of staff, replacing Sergei Ivanov. Vaino has been deputy chief of staff. His family history is intertwined with the Soviet Union’s Read More