Who Will Stand Up to the US Military?

September 24, 2021

When he was trying to win the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon famously told his chief of staff that he wanted Communist leaders — in the Soviet Union, in North Vietnam — to think that the US president was a mad man, that he was capable of doing pretty much anything up to and including the use of...

The Media Is Suffering From the Havana Syndrome

September 23, 2021

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary will never tire of covering a story about health and sickness that the serious media keeps returning to as if it was a worthy rival of COVID-19. For five years, this story has kept major media’s editorial board buzzing, not because its secrets are being...

Competing Doctrines in a New Cold War

September 22, 2021

This past week, the geopolitical landscape reached a new Monroe Doctrine moment. This is occurring nearly two centuries after US President James Monroe’s famous pronouncement warning Europeans to stay away from the continent on which the former British colonists were busy rolling out their plan...

The Role Turkey Can Play in Afghanistan

July 13, 2021

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused waves at the NATO summit in June, announcing that Turkey would continue to protect Kabul airport following the complete NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan. Kabul airport is Afghanistan’s principal air connection to the outside world, and it is vital...

Christianism: The Elephant in the Extremism Room

July 01, 2021

I contend that my subject matter is something of an elephant in our global room, but I should warn that it is equally a thoroughly unhappy one: religiously-inspired, revolutionary political violence. For nearly 20 years now, scarcely a day has gone by without reportage on Islamism. This type of...

Russia Wants to Portray the West as a Failure

May 27, 2021

How is Russia trying to improve its image in Central and Eastern Europe and the western Balkans? Edward Lucas, a senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis, says that Moscow is most interested in depicting the West as a failure.

Charismatic Leadership and the Far Right

April 26, 2021

Horia Sima, a central figure within the interwar Romanian fascist organization the Iron Guard, once described his leader, Corneliu Codreanu, as follows: “What was most impressive, on first contact with Codreanu, was his physical appearance. Nobody could pass him by without noticing him,...

Assessing the Tensions Between Ukraine and Russia

April 13, 2021

Sebastian Schäffer, the managing director of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) and associate fellow at GLOBSEC Policy Institute, touches upon the new level of hostility between Ukraine​ and Russia​ after the Kremlin deployed troops on the border.

Stalingrad: The Turning Point of WWII in Europe

In August 1942, the most famous battle of the Second World War began. More than 4 million combatants fought in the gargantuan struggle at Stalingrad between the Nazi and Soviet armies.

Macron Enriches French Vocabulary and Impoverishes Political Thought

March 03, 2021

France appears to be living through a strange transitional period that could be described as the waning of the Fifth Republic. It contains no sense of what a sixth republic might look like or why it might even be necessary. But today’s republic, with its unique electoral system, has achieved a...

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