The Atlantic - 1 Jul 2018
In a new book (The Road to Unfreedom), the historian Timothy Snyder explains how Russia revolutionized information warfare—and presages its consequences for democracies in Europe and the US. For Clausewitz, war was the use of violence by one state to impose its will upon another; but now new technology enables a state to “engage the enemy’s will directly, without the medium of violence.” This is a revolution that Russia has imposed upon the US and the EU. Snyder sees Trump as the ultimate expression of Putin’s anti-factuality and as a “Russian tool” (reads in 12-15 min).
Published in Weekly selection 7 July 2018
The New York Review of Books - 29 Sep 2016
This a crash course, with many fascinating insights, in Russian affairs: the review of nine books (mostly of an academic nature) that help us understand today’s Russia and where the country is going (reads in about 8-10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 23 September 2016
Foreign Policy - paywall - 9 Feb 2015
There is currently a debate within US and European policy /academic circles about possibly sending weapons to Ukraine. We believe this is a horribly bad idea that would only extend and aggravate an already destructive conflict. The influential Harvard professor of international relations makes the point quite neatly! He observes: “It’s easy to prescribe such actions when you’re safely located in a Washington think tank, but destroying Ukraine in order to save it is hardly smart or morally correct diplomacy”.
Published in Weekly selection 14 February 2015