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Does Rising Chinese 'Dragon' Pose a Security Challenge to Washington?

Following the collapse of the USSR, China has replaced the Soviet Union as the major adversary in the eyes of US hawks. But is Beijing really that dangerous?

Georgia Celebrates a Quarter Century of Independence

On May 26, Georgia, my country, marks its 25th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union. Twenty-five years ago, few of us could have imagined this day. And 50 years ago, freedom was just a fervent wish in the hearts of all Georgians. Show More Summary

Transforming German Königsberg into Soviet Kaliningrad

Mary Elizabeth Malinkin Kaliningrad, Russia "What is peculiar about Kaliningrad is that it became part of the Soviet Union—part of the Russian Socialist Republic—but had never been in the Soviet Union before." In continuation of ourShow More Summary

Books of The Times: Review: In ‘Secondhand Time,’ Voices From a Lost Russia

This oral history by Svetlana Alexievich, the Nobel laureate, examines how life after the Soviet Union’s collapse led to the rise of a feral capitalism.

Human spaceflight in Asia: Game of Flying Thrones

Asia has hosted the world’s second 'space race' for several decades. As with the first space race between the US and the Soviet Union, the ultimate goal is to send humans into space. Japan once harboured dreams of its own space capsule, but cancelled those plans when it joined the International Space Station program. Show More Summary

Long-Suffering Baltic Russians No Fifth Column Despite Discrimination

Russophobia has been mounting in the Baltic countries ever since they regained independence following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Ethnic Russians have been repeatedly identified as a pivotal danger, yet there is no risk of them becoming a fifth column, Finnish writer Kalle Kniivilä argues.

‘Carrier-Killer’ Missiles: Will China Succeed Where the Soviet Union Failed?

Harry J. Kazianis Security, Asia Yes, the USSR tried to develop these dangerous weapons... For all of the analysis ( including my own ) concerning the real dangers posed by ‘carrier-killer’ weapons being developed by China and now Iran,...Show More Summary

Involuntary Psychiatric Confinements Edging Up in the Former Soviet Union

Image: Hospital. Stock Photo. YEREVAN, Armenia -- Tens of thousands of people languished in psychiatric hospitals in the Soviet Union for years, not because they were insane but because they held views that contradicted the...Show More Summary

Ukraine Threatens to Ban Gorbachev From Entering Europe

Ukraine authorities will try to block former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev from entering Europe after he said that he approved of Crimea’s reunification with Russia, according to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry advisor Anton Gerashchenko.

The United States, NATO, and Russia

Russia cannot be a superpower as was the Soviet Union, but it has a role in international politics.

Russia Has Last Seen Such Amassing of Hostile Forces on Its Borders in 1941

Russia has not seen such a major military buildup close to its borders since 1941 when the Third Reich sent the Wehrmacht to conquer the Soviet Union, Professor Stephen F. Cohen said in his recent interview on The John Batchelor Show, referring to NATO's increasingly assertive strategy in Eastern Europe and the Baltics.

Russia Pays Off USSR's Debt to Kuwait

Russia paid off debt of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) to Kuwait, including $1.1 billion of the debt itself and $620 million worth of interest on debt, the Russian Finance Ministry said Friday.

Will King Dies: CNN Original Directed Coverage Of Soviet Union Breakup & Tiananmen Square

Will King, one of the so-called “CNN originals” who launched television’s first 24/7 television network on June 1, 1980, and remained with the operation until his 2014 retirement, died last night. Here is CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker’s memo to staff: May 20, 2016 I have some sad news to share with you. Show More Summary

Pity Russia's billionaires

6 days agoNews : Daily Chart

IN THE 1990s, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian government under President Boris Yeltsin sold off state-owned assets at cut-rate prices to a group of well-connected Russian businessmen. These tycoons, who are often...Show More Summary

How One Man Saved 140 Jewish Children in the Far East from the Holocaust

Bialystok children in the Udmurtia Republic in the Urals, 1941. (Courtesy: B'nai B'rith World Center) Nearly 75 years ago, the Nazis launched Operation Barbarossa, a massive invasion of the Soviet Union, in which 4.5 million Axis soldiers...Show More Summary

What the U.S. Military Fears Most: A Massive Space War

Omar Lamrani Security, The consequences of space warfare could be comparable to those of nuclear war--and the U.S. military is getting ready.  Space is becoming more congested, contested and competitive. Since the Soviet Union put the first satellite, Sputnik I, into space in 1957, no nation has deliberately destroyed another's satellite in orbit. Show More Summary

Will Donald Trump Change U.S. Foreign Policy?

When the Berlin Wall fell, Warsaw Pact dissolved, and Soviet Union split apart, U.S. foreign policy became obsolete almost overnight. For a brief moment advocates of a quasi-imperial foreign policy seemed worried. For instance, NATOShow More Summary

1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ hero Jim Craig is selling his gold medal

The “Miracle on Ice,” in which the underdog U.S. Olympic hockey team stunned the mighty Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Games, sits high atop any list of greatest sports moments in the country’s history. Now anyone with money to spare can purchase significant pieces of memorabilia from that game, including hero goalie Jim Craig’s gold medal. […]

Avoiding a War in Space

This article was originally published at By Omar Lamrani Space is becoming more congested, contested and competitive. Since the Soviet Union put the first satellite, Sputnik I, into space in 1957, no nation has deliberately destroyed another's satellite in orbit. But there is a growing possibility that battles may soon be [...]

Is Donald Trump Good for the Cause of Foreign-Policy Restraint?

Doug Bandow Politics, United States He's creating space for those who challenge a failed prowar consensus. When the Berlin Wall fell, Warsaw Pact dissolved and Soviet Union split apart, U.S. foreign policy became obsolete almost overnight. Show More Summary

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