Links – September 5, 2016

Photo: No love lost here.

Resource paper on the “grey zones” around Russia: Donbas, Crimea, Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh.

A collection of essays by experts on the Iran nuclear agreement on its one-year anniversary.

North Korea keeps improving its missiles, now from submarines. We need to find a way to engage them in talks to limit their progress and, less likely, their paranoia. (Arms Control Wonk,  UCS Blog)

Movies of Estonia in the 1930s, filmed by Americans. Many of the buildings still stand. Oru Loss was destroyed, but its grounds are now a park. Notice that before Estonia was incorporated into the Soviet Union, some Russians lived there, as demonstrated by the Russian Market. “The town of Tarter” = Tartu. And beach volleyball!

Chronology of the Missile Defense Agency’s Plans for Laser Boost-Phase Defense (August 26, 2016)

The demise of the Republican national security establishment. The Republicans once had a serious, intellectual national security establishment. They were considered by the voters to be stronger than the Democrats on national security. That ended before Donald Trump, but now those who remained within that establishment are actively rejecting the party’s presidential candidate. It’s going to be a hard slog back for the Republicans.

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