Why the State Department is worried about Donald Trump and his tweets. Could Trump’s tweets spark a nuclear arms race? The President (or President-elect) of the United States can’t just say anything, it turns out.
Trump’s transition team has asked for the names of people working on climate change in the Department of Energy, women’s issues in the Department of State, and countering violent extremism in the Department of Homeland Security. So far those requests, looking very much like witch hunts, have been turned down. But once in office, Trump will have more leverage.
The Soviet Union dissolved twenty-five years ago. Here is Mikhail Gorbachev’s farewell address as its leader.
Russians don’t like to think of Russia as a colonial power. Top painting: Bringing the Kyrgyz Kaisak Horde Under [Russian] Rule, by Nikolay Karazin, 1891.