NICOLAS TENZER, PARIS The West has failed to grasp the deeply ideological nature of contemporary Putinism. We must understand its nature, scope, and goals. We cannot confront a threat we don’t understand.
VIVEK Y. KELKAR, MUMBAI Russia sent troops to Kazakhstan to crush an uprising. What does this mean for China? If you’re keen to know the future of Moscow’s relationship with Beijing, Central Asia is the critical region to watch.
JOSHUA TREVIÑO, AUSTIN We did not compel any sort of reckoning with the Communist past in Russia. The party which plunged the world into a century of tyranny and bloodshed should have been eradicated as thoroughly as the National Socialists were from Germany, but no one thought to do it.
DAVID BERLINSKI PARIS The historical literature about the First World War is vast and profoundly unsatisfying. Historians understand very well how the war came about. They cannot fully fathom why. There is a moral here pertinent to contemporary events: Things can go badly very quickly and when they do, they can go very badly.
ROBERT ZUBRIN, BOULDER The Biden Administration is weighing an immoral policy of entrapping Russia in a Ukrainian bloodbath.
VIVEK Y. KELKAR, MUMBAI The great powers are playing a high-risk shadow game. But such games have a nasty way of coming out of the shadows—with terrible consequences.
NERVANA MAHMOUD, ENGLAND By naming the co-founder of the Taliban one of the world’s 100 most influential leaders, Time Magazine reveals its contempt for Muslims and shows how successfully Islamists have brainwashed gullible Western elites.
ROBIN HÄGGBLOM, HELSINKI France and Australia are both right and wrong in this quarrel, while the US’s behavior just seems strange: Where were their diplomats in all of this? Why didn’t they forestall this imbroglio?
CLAIRE BERLINSKI, PARIS If you had told me twenty years ago that this is where we’d be today, I would have been surprised, to say the least.
ADAM GARFINKLE, WASHINGTON D.C. Biden’s latest Executive Order, which takes aim at anti-competitive practices across the entire US economy, shows the growing influence of neo-Brandeisian legal activists. But is their philosophy coherent?