Amerika

Defunding Title VIII

News that the State Department didn’t allocate funding for Title VIII, which provides funding for research and language programs related to the study of Eastern

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The Let’s Pretend Game

This week’s Russia! Magazine column, “The Magnitsky Minstrelsy“: The passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 last December sent US-Russia

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Craving Cold War

Back in late 2008, when Pajamas Media was still having me write articles on Russia (they’ve since stopped asking, I think, because I wasn’t anti-Russian

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Stalin’s Shadow over the Tea Party

I don’t usually comment on American politics.  I rarely devote my time to reading about the place.  The level of hyperbole and rhetorical inanity makes me want to vomit.  Also, since I’ve been in Moscow, the US looks even crazier than it does when I’m there (the strange effect of this is that Russian politics looks downright normal).  I’ve also totally shied away from US-Russia foreign policy issues.  I used to.  Not anymore. There are people out there who do it better, and frankly, the debate is so locked in Cold War binaries, I can’t help to find it all a bit boring, repetitive, and quite nauseating.  So if you’re here looking for a treatise on START, ruminations on the Great Game, or how America is encircling Russia or how

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