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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 →

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 →

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 →

Forthcoming Book – UKRAINE OVER THE EDGE: Russia, the West and the “New Cold War”

My manuscript UKRAINE OVER THE EDGE: Russia, the West, and the "New Cold War" has found a publisher. McFarland Books will be publishing it next year. It examines the geostrategic, civilizationalist-ideational, historical and contemporary political causes of the Ukrainian crisis,... Continue Reading →

The Present Stability of Putin’s ‘Sistema’

by Gordon M. Hahn Although 2016 will be a challenging year for Russia’s political stability, there is little likelihood the country will experience serious political tremors. The worst case scenario is a something akin to the demonstrations of winter 2011-2012... Continue Reading →

Pentagon Mixing StratComm and ‘CYA’ in Campaign against Russia’s Syria Intervention

by Gordon M. Hahn CYA means ‘cover your ass.’ Given the scale and audacity of the Defense Department's and overall U.S. government’s strategic communications (stratcomm) distortions of every Russian action, including in Syria, Washington's CYA moment was bound to come.... Continue Reading →

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