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Book Watch: Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russia’s New Nationalism

Review by John A. Pennell 13 January 2017 – Kyiv, Ukraine Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russia’s New Nationalism (Yale University Press: New Haven, CT, USA, 2016) by Charles Clover. USD 35.00 ISBN-10: 0-300-12070-2 ISBN-13: 978-0-300-12070-7 Given recent Western political developments—“Brexit,” Trump’s U.S. electoral victory, the rise of populist movements across Europe—coupled with a…

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Book Watch: The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War

Review by John A. Pennell 11 January 2017 – Kyiv, Ukraine The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War (PenguinRandomHouse: New York, NY, USA, 2016) by Arkady Ostrovsky.  USD 30.00. ISBN-10: 0-399-56416-0 ISBN-13: 978-0-399-56416-1 With the recent 25th anniversary of the collapse of the USSR and increased evidence of Russian interference in the recent…

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Shift in Russia’s South Asia Policy: Risks and Implications

23 December 2016 – Jaipur, India by Professor B.M. Jain Russia’s foreign policy under the Putin leadership has undergone a major transformation since Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. The United States and EU imposed an array of sanctions against Russia, undermining its economic, trade and investment interests across the global market. Psychologically…

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Facing West: Russian Forces Facing NATO in the Baltics PART I: Russian Ground/Land Forces

31 August 2016 – Ottawa, CA by Rob O’Gorman, CD As mentioned in an earlier article, the Russian forces facing the Baltic States (incl those NATO forces deployed) are considerable.  Russian ground forces in the immediate region operate largely within the Western Military District/Joint Strategic Command (MD/JSC).  Unique to this MD/JSC is the Kaliningrad Special…

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