Biden Predicts Russia Will Invade Ukraine

Mr. Biden’s comments went well beyond the formal intelligence assessments described by White House officials, which conclude that Russia’s president has not yet decided whether to invade.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

In the Trenches of Ukraine’s Forever War

Russian belligerence has drawn the world’s attention back to the eight-year-old secessionist rebellion in the Donbas region: a deadlocked, time-warped conflict with no end in sight.

#cold-war-era, #crimea-ukraine, #donetsk-ukraine, #luhansk-ukraine, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Fear of Russia Brings New Purpose and Unity to NATO, Once Again

After years of drift, Trumpian ridicule and failure in Afghanistan, Russian demands for a new Iron Curtain in Europe have created unity in the alliance, at least for now.

#baltic-region, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #european-union, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #poland, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

For Putin, Propping Up Allies Is Turning Into a Perilous Bargain

The Russian leader is fighting fires on multiple fronts, illustrating the danger of his strategy of relying on force to aid his autocratic neighbors.

#belarus, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kazakhstan, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S.-Russia Talks Have Echoes of the Cold War

The Cold War echoes of the negotiations unfolding this week in a series of meetings between Russia and the West are a reminder that there is nothing permanent about Europe’s security arrangements.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ryabkov-sergei-a, #sherman-wendy-r, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

James A. Baker III’s Words on NATO Loom in Ukraine Standoff

The current confrontation turns partly on what, if any, commitments Secretary of State James A. Baker III made about NATO’s expansion in the waning days of the Cold War.

#baker-james-a-iii, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Russia Lays Out Demands for a Sweeping New Security Deal With NATO

The proposal, coming as Russia masses troops on the border with Ukraine, was directed at the United States and Ukraine’s other Western allies.

#cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #politics-and-government, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

As Muratov Accepts Nobel, Legacy of His Russian Predecessors Recedes

Dmitri A. Muratov is only the third Russian to win the Nobel Peace Prize, after Andrei D. Sakharov and Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The openness they championed is under assault.

#cold-war-era, #duterte-rodrigo, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #memorial, #muratov-dmitri-a, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nobel-prizes, #novaya-gazeta, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #ressa-maria, #russia, #ussr-former-soviet-union

From Soap Opera to Art: Why a Moscow Museum Is Re-Enacting ‘Santa Barbara’

A new contemporary art space is probing how Russia engages with the West by reviving an unlikely 1990s TV hit.

#art, #cold-war-era, #ges-2-moscow-russia, #kjartansson-ragnar, #moscow-russia, #santa-barbara-tv-program, #television

U.S. Allies Drive Much of World’s Democratic Decline, Data Shows

Washington-aligned countries backslid at nearly double the rate of non-allies, data shows, complicating long-held assumptions about American influence.

#cold-war-era, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

How Republicans Can Replay the Reagan Era

How 2021’s echoes of the 1970s are making politics easy for Republicans.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-bill, #cold-war-era, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #inflation-economics, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nineteen-hundred-seventies, #oxford-conn, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #taiwan, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

What’s in a Name? For the Koreans of Sakhalin, an Anguished History

Stranded for decades on the island in Russia’s Far East, some bear three names, Japanese, Russian and Korean, representing different historical chapters. Now, many are planning their return.

#cold-war-era, #immigration-and-emigration, #north-korea, #russia, #sakhalin-island-russia, #south-korea

China Could Have 1,000 Nuclear Warheads by 2030, Pentagon Says

Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called Beijing the “No. 1” nation-state military challenger to the United States.

#china, #cold-war-era, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #milley-mark-a, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #nuclear-weapons, #russia, #stockholm-international-peace-research-institute, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

What Is Going on With China is Not a ‘Cold War’

If we play two-dimensional chess in a three-dimensional game, we will lose.

#china, #cold-war-era, #international-trade-and-world-market, #united-states-international-relations

Tsar Bomba Nuclear Test 60 Years Ago Didn’t Make J.F.K. Flinch

A new study offers insights into how the United States reacted to Tsar Bomba, a planet shaker that made the deadly Hiroshima blast look tame.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #bulletin-of-the-atomic-scientists, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #nuclear-tests, #nuclear-weapons, #research, #stevens-institute-of-technology, #treaties, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #wellerstein-alex-1981, #your-feed-science

Roh Tae-Woo, South Korean Leader as It Moved Toward Democracy, Dies at 88

Mr. Roh, who played a role in a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 1980 but also oversaw its winning 1988 Olympics bid, left a mixed legacy and was mired in legal trouble in his later years.

#cold-war-era, #corruption-institutional, #daegu-south-korea, #deaths-obituaries, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #olympic-games-1988, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #roh-tae-woo, #seoul-national-university, #south-korea

The CIA’s Close Relationship with Poland

The roots of this special relationship stretch back to the Cold War. It’s a story of bravery, blood bonds and, of course, betrayal.

#black-sites, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #detainees, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #poland, #september-11-2001, #warsaw-poland

Russia Breaks Diplomatic Ties with NATO

Moscow’s decision to end its diplomatic mission to the alliance will end a long post-Cold War experiment in building trust between militaries.

#belgium, #brussels-belgium, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #moscow-russia, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russia, #warsaw-pact

Washington Hears Echoes of the ’50s and Worries: Is This a Cold War With China?

Incursions into Taiwan’s air zone, a space launch and what looked like a prisoner swap raise a question that is about more than just semantics. It could signal a dangerous new mind-set.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cold-war-era, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #international-relations, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

James Bond Has No Time for China

America’s main rival inspires fear in Hollywood — and confusion in Americans.

#bond-james-fictional-character, #china, #cold-war-era, #craig-daniel, #international-relations, #movies, #united-states, #ussr-former-soviet-union

Elvis vs. Lenin: A Superpower Confrontation on Canvas

An exhibition in Berlin examines the differences, and surprising confluences, between Cold War-era paintings from the United States and the Soviet Union.

#art, #baer-jo, #basquiat-jean-michel, #cold-war-era, #gropius-bau, #haring-keith, #pollock-jackson, #warhol-andy

A Journey Along the River That Separates Russia From China

As he neared 80, the travel writer Colin Thubron took a trip along the 10th longest river in the world, chronicled in “The Amur River.”

#amur-river, #books-and-literature, #central-asia, #cold-war-era, #mongolia, #rivers, #the-amur-river-between-russia-and-china-book, #thubron-colin, #travel-and-vacations

France, Striving for Global Power, Still Struggles to Get It

Though often seen as vanity or pique, France’s assertiveness abroad is calibrated to manage a quandary it has faced since World War II: how to act as an independent power while depending on allies.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #arms-trade, #cold-war-era, #de-gaulle-charles, #defense-and-military-forces, #france, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states-international-relations

Ida Nudel, ‘Angel’ to Soviet Jews Seeking to Flee, Dies at 90

During the Cold War, she fought for the rights of others and waged a 16-year fight of her own for an exit visa to Israel. She finally won in 1987.

#cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #immigration-and-emigration, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #nudel-ida, #russia, #ussr-former-soviet-union

Did Nazis Produce These Uranium Cubes? Researchers Look for an Answer.

Determining whether the cubes were produced by Nazi Germany could lead to more questions, such as whether the Nazis could have had enough to create a critical reaction.

#brown-kate-historian, #cold-war-era, #dirty-bombs-and-radiological-weapons, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #nuclear-weapons, #pacific-northwest-national-laboratory, #science-and-technology, #united-states-international-relations, #university-of-maryland, #uranium, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Igor Oistrakh, Soviet-Era Violinist (and a Son of One), Dies at 90

His father, David, was one of the 20th century’s finest violinists, but Igor more than held his own as a musician and interpreter performing throughout the West.

#classical-music, #cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #oistrakh-david, #oistrakh-igor, #violinists

How Will the Taliban Govern? A History of Rebel Rule Offers Clues.

Insurgents who seize power tend to be authoritarian but pragmatic, desperate for legitimacy and ruthless toward classes they see as hostile.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #china, #cold-war-era, #communist-party-of-china, #cuba, #ethiopia, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #mao-zedong, #nixon-richard-milhous, #politics-and-government, #rwanda, #taliban, #uganda

U.F.O.s: Why the Truth Has Not Always Been Out There

Rather than explaining when U.F.O. sightings were really just top-secret planes, the government has sometimes allowed public eagerness about the possibility of aliens to take hold.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cold-war-era, #defense-department, #extraterrestrial-life, #roswell-nm, #rumors-and-misinformation, #space-and-astronomy, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.F.O.s: The Truth Has Not Always Been Out There

Rather than explaining when U.F.O. sightings were really just top-secret planes, the government has sometimes allowed public eagerness about the possibility of aliens to take hold.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cold-war-era, #defense-department, #extraterrestrial-life, #roswell-nm, #rumors-and-misinformation, #space-and-astronomy, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Freeing of the American Mind

Louis Menand discusses how art, culture and ideas from the Cold War period have shaped America.

#art, #baldwin-james-1924-87, #books-and-literature, #cage-john, #cold-war-era, #menand-louis, #pollock-jackson, #the-free-world-art-and-thought-in-the-cold-war-book

How One Epic Document Exposed the Secrets of the Vietnam War

With the Pentagon Papers revelations, the U.S. public’s trust in the government was forever diminished.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #diem-ngo-dinh, #ellsberg-daniel, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #mcnamara-robert-s, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #nixon-richard-milhous, #vietnam-war, #westmoreland-william-c

Was the Space Program Worth the Cost?

Jeff Shesol’s “Mercury Rising” explores the careers of John Kennedy and John Glenn as a way to cut through the rhetoric of space exploration.

#books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #glenn-john-herschel-jr, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #mercury-rising-john-glenn-john-kennedy-and-the-new-battleground-of-the-cold-war-book, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #shesol-jeff, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states

Biden Aims to Bolster U.S. Alliances in Europe, but Challenges Loom

The good will President Biden brings on his first trip abroad papers over lingering doubts about U.S. reliability and the cost that Europe will be expected to pay.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cold-war-era, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #europe, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #group-of-seven, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Ethel Rosenberg Offered Her Own Life as a Sacrifice

Anne Sebba’s new biography tells the story of a fanatical Communist and loving mother who went to her death proclaiming her innocence.

#books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #content-type-personal-profile, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #ethel-rosenberg-an-american-tragedy-book, #greenglass-david, #manhattan-project, #rosenberg-ethel, #rosenberg-julius, #sebba-anne

Risk of Nuclear War Over Taiwan in 1958 Said to Be Greater Than Publicly Known

The famed source of the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has made another unauthorized disclosure — and wants to be prosecuted for it.

#china, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #defense-department, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #nuclear-weapons, #pentagon-papers, #taiwan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Do Whistle-Blowers Damage National Security?

Jonathan Stevenson’s “A Drop of Treason” examines the career of Philip Agee, whose 1975 book revealed key secrets of the Central Intelligence Agency.

#a-drop-of-treason-philip-agee-and-his-exposure-of-the-cia-book, #agee-philip, #books-and-literature, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #stevenson-jonathan, #whistle-blowers

When Covid Hit, China Was Ready to Tell Its Version of the Story

The government has been using its money and power to create an alternative to a global news media dominated by outlets like the BBC and CNN.

#china, #china-daily, #cold-war-era, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-federation-of-journalists, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #radio-liberty, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #voice-of-america, #xi-jinping

Village Caught in Czech-Russia Spy Case Just Wants Things to Stop Blowing Up

Was a huge blast at a Czech weapons depot sabotage by Russian spies? The villagers where it happened aren’t sure, but they do know they only want to watch James Bond films, not live inside one.

#babis-andrej, #bombs-and-explosives, #cold-war-era, #czech-republic, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #gru-russia, #politics-and-government, #russia, #zeman-milos

Book Review: ‘The Free World,’ by Louis Menand

Menand’s “The Free World” is a sweeping survey of the revolutions that changed American life in the 1950s and ’60s.

#books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #france, #menand-louis, #nineteen-hundred-fifties, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #the-free-world-art-and-thought-in-the-cold-war-book

Biden’s Afghan Pullout Is a Victory for Pakistan. But at What Cost?

Pakistan’s military stayed allied to both the Americans and Taliban. But now the country may face intensified extremism at home as a result of a perceived Taliban victory.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #baradar-abdul-ghani, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bin-laden-osama, #cold-war-era, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #pakistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #tehrik-e-taliban, #territorial-disputes, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

He Led Hitler’s Secret Police in Austria. Then He Spied for the West.

Franz Josef Huber, responsible for deporting tens of thousands of Jews, escaped punishment with U.S. backing and went on to work for West German intelligence, newly disclosed records reveal.

#austria, #central-intelligence-agency, #cold-war-era, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #huber-franz-josef, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45

7 Podcasts to Binge in a Day

Whether you’re craving a thriller, a spy documentary or an exploration of an American musical icon, each of these limited series can be enjoyed in one big gulp.

#abumrad-jad, #bag-man-radio-program, #cold-war-era, #dirty-john-radio-program, #dolly-partons-america-radio-program, #edmondson-sarah-1971, #escaping-nxium-radio-program, #keefe-patrick-radden, #maddow-rachel, #parton-dolly, #passenger-list-radio-program, #podcasts, #raniere-keith, #the-mystery-show-radio-program, #tran-kelly-marie, #wind-of-change-radio-program

How Will We Win the Second Cold War?

Biden has a chance to turn China’s strengths into weaknesses.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cold-war-era, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

An Alliance of Autocracies? China Wants to Lead a New World Order.

As President Biden predicts a struggle between democracies and their opponents, Beijing is eager to champion the other side.

#china, #cold-war-era, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-parliament, #european-union, #international-relations, #iran, #middle-east, #saudi-arabia, #turkey, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xinjiang-china

Biden Clashes With China and Russia in First 60 Days

It may look like the bad old days of the Cold War, but today’s bitter superpower competition is about technology, cyberconflict and influence operations.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #cold-war-era, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

George Shultz: Last of the Postwar Statesmen

The human touch was at the heart of everything achieved by George Shultz, the former secretary of state who died on Saturday.

#cold-war-era, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #nixon-richard-milhous, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #shevardnadze-eduard-a-1928-2014, #shultz-george-p, #state-department, #ussr-former-soviet-union

George P. Shultz, Influential Cabinet Official Under Nixon and Reagan, Dies at 100

He carried one of Washington’s weightiest résumés — labor secretary, treasury secretary and budget director for Nixon and secretary of state under Reagan as the Cold War waned.

#bechtel-group, #cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #hoover-institution, #iran-contra-affair, #nixon-richard-milhous, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #shultz-george-p, #theranos-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government

No More Lies. My Grandfather Was a Nazi.

In Lithuania, he was celebrated as a hero. But we can’t move on until we admit what he really did.

#cold-war-era, #content-type-personal-profile, #eastern-europe, #grandparents, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #kgb, #lithuania, #noreika-jonas, #putin-vladimir-v, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Walter Bernstein, Celebrated Screenwriter, Is Dead at 101

His movies included “Fail Safe,” “Paris Blues” and, perhaps most notably, “The Front,” based on his own experience of being blacklisted.

#bernstein-walter, #blacklisting, #cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #movies, #the-front-movie, #writing-and-writers

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Says Russia Wants to Force It Out

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has been threatened with fines and criminal charges for its journalists, forcing a tough decision on the Biden administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #freedom-of-the-press, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #putin-vladimir-v, #radio-free-europe-radio-liberty, #rt-tv-network, #russia, #sputnik-russian-news-agency, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations