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GORDON M. HAHN

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Khodorkovskii Gets It: Russian-Negotiated Transition, Not Western-Backed Revolution

by Gordon M. Hahn As Russia prepares to commemorate the 1917 Bolshevik coup which followed the initial phase of its violent revolution from below and led to its second phase, the Russian civil war and ultimately to totalitarian communism, some... Continue Reading →

The Fate of Russia and the Image of the French Revolution

by Gordon M. Hahn What Do Russia's liberal intelligentsia, Napoleon, and Western Democracy-Promotion have in common? In a word: revolutionism. In September-October 1799 the Russian army was doing battle with the French revolutionary army marched by Napoleon across Europe to... Continue Reading →

American Misadventures and Russian Gains: Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood Strategy, General Flynn’s Russia Play and Trump’s Debacle

by Gordon M. Hahn The rise and fall of General Michael Flynn should come as no surprise. While a policy of seeking some realist accommodation of Russian interests in the conduct of American foreign policy makes sense, the extent of... Continue Reading →

Addressing the U.S.-Russian Security Dilemma and the ‘Lukyanov Thesis’

by Gordon M. Hahn Leading Russian international affairs analyst Fyodor Lukyanov recently gave an interview in which he rejected the idea of a successful U.S.-Russian detente or rapprochement. Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of the Russia in Global Affairs international relations journal and chairman of... Continue Reading →

Hybrid Warfare: From CentComm to Slavdom

It does not take very much expertise or analytical skill to surmise that the mode of Ukrainian hybrid warfare, like the Russian, has emerged from: a long tradition of partisan warfare inherited from the Cossack and Russian experience of invasion, subjugation, and liberation wars; the Soviet experience in Afghanistan; and regarding contemporaneity American - not Russian - modern military, technological, mass communications and strategic communications techniques.

Third Maidan Anniversary – Third Maidan Revolt Threat Extant

by Gordon M. Hahn Is a 'third Maidan' brewing? Is one possible? On this week’s third anniversary of the beginning of the Maidan ‘revolution’ or revolt, Kiev remains rife with talk of a ‘third Maidan’ and for some good reason.... Continue Reading →

President Trump and U.S.-Russian Relations

by Gordon M. Hahn Donald Trump's election as U.S. president holds the possibility of a reset 2.0. He appears more open to compromise with the Kremlin than any other recent president-elect. The most important issue driving Russian-Western relations downward for... Continue Reading →

The American Devolution (and its Global Implications)

by Gordon M. Hahn It is increasingly clear that the United States is in the midst of a great political crisis. The American people - both society and elites - have rejected Americanism. America’s abandonment of its founding principles is... Continue Reading →

The Russian-American Cultural-Ideational Contention

by Gordon M. Hahn Culture – ideas, beliefs, attitudes and values – matter in politics. Political and strategic cultures influence governments’ choices of domestic systems and foreign policies. Realists must analyze Russian foreign policy and the current clash of interests... Continue Reading →

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