As talk of peace negotiations appears and the Russia-Ukraine war rages on, recall the candlelight of Heroes Square, Budapest, Hungary, March 20, 2005. Now, as Christmastime 2022 arrives, is there hope for peace in the coming year?
A Long War?
The news this week was of a sudden, surprise visit to Washington DC, then huddled talks and negotiations between the president of Ukraine and the United States, followed by a speech to the US Congress … Many are now talking of escalation and a ‘long war’ as international news reports a re-strategizing of the war
Two from Elon
Yes, Elon Musk’s tweets can produce tens of thousands of intense Twitter replies and a surge of media op/eds, especially when he steps into the middle of a war and acts out by presenting a peace plan. A plan that isn’t talking to the ‘woke’ left, or neo-con right …. Elon’s clearly not hard […]
Getting Nuked Thoughts and Warnings
On a Sunday in September… StratDem focus attention on the following ‘Closer to Getting Nuked’ thoughts. First from the Washington Post Editorial Board, then from a Financial Times’ Bureau Chief in Moscow. Then from Presidents Putin and Zelenskyy …
The speech by Russia’s president, it can be said, was not a surprise. Russia’s war against Ukraine was not, by any account, progressing the way the Russians expected and a shift in tactics was expected. What wasn’t expected was the mobilization of 300,000 reserves and a new wave of nuclear weapons threats
Ukraine News: A Mid-September Snapshot
Russian President Pronounces Success in the ‘Special Operation’
As the political world calls the war in Ukraine what it is, “a war”, Russia’s president travels to the East and announces that Russia is winning in Ukraine and ‘the West’ will pay a steep price as winter arrives and Russia cuts off gas supplies to Europe. Perhaps previous winter wars are on President Putin’s […]
Long War between Russia-Ukraine?
Is the Russian-Ukraine war turning toward a Long War? President Putin orders Russian defense ministry to begin plan for 2023 increase in troop strength. Additional 137,000 troops, with new total in uniform increasing to ~1,150,628 …
Flashback to ‘Time Enough at Last’
Burgess Meredith, the actor, in a classic Rod Serling ‘Twilight Zone’ … Henry was in the vault when the Bombs hit …. the story becomes relevant again as Russian media reports bellicose nuclear threats to turn the U.S. into ‘radioactive ash’ … today, a foreboding calculus of nuclear weapons escalates far beyond the Russian-Ukraine war […]
Ukraine is Ours According to Russian President Vladimir Putin
President Putin compares himself to Peter the Great as he explains the war in Ukraine with an analogy to retaking land that is Russian land. The Russian Federation president sees an expansive Russian future
Nuclear Threats and Responses
As the war in Ukraine grinds on and new weapon systems are escalating the fighting, a war of words, threats, and responses are delivering new levels of risks, collapsing arms control agreements, and calls for a negotiated wars end. Will the 2022 Russia-Ukraine war continue to expand with dire consequences
Nuclear Threats Again from the North
Russia continues months of nuclear threatening language, newly announced nuclear weapons, “Sarmat-2” deployments, as its “special operation” war in Ukraine grinds on… Today, Finland announces an intent to join NATO and Russia’s deputy chair of the defense committee responds
Quotes: Rattling & Ratcheting Nukes
A moment last fall in the Moscow press talked of turning the U.S. into a ash wasteland, the result of Russian nuclear weapons. This carryover from the first Cold War (call it 1.0) has bestowed another level of Mutually Assured Destruction to today’s new Nuclear MAD, a Cold War 2.0 getting hotter day by day…
Eyes On the Global Security Threat
This is no time for equivocation. The ‘West v East’ war (not “special operation” as Russia calls their invasion of Ukraine) is a tragedy. The Putin decision to invade Ukraine is disastrous — humanly, strategically, morally, politically — and for year to come will be seen for what it is — a preventable disaster
“The first casualty of war is truth”
Oh how the truth is bent, twisted, psyop’d, propagandized, comm killed and botted about. Today, war in Ukraine is displayed with dis- and mis-info, virally blasted out and marketed as war-by-other-means.
Sanctions Bite: Russia’s Putin Responds
March 3: A week into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and a week of mounting, unprecedented worldwide sanctions against Russia, the Russian president seems to be noticing that whatever currency and economic protection plan that was put in place, it isn’t working and the plan may need to change
Another Perspective on Ukraine-Russia and What Comes Next
Perspective is essential in understanding causes of war — and roads to peace. Strategic Demands strives in our work to see security, and mutual security, with a realistic perspective. Here, Anatol Lieven, brings a “Responsible Statecraft” perspective…