Soviet Union

Kennan’s ‘long telegram’: reflections from the past and the present

On 22 February 1946 George F. Kennan, chargé d’affaires at the US embassy in Moscow, sent Washington a memorandum known as the ‘long telegram’, which was 5,000 words in length. A recapitulation of this document, The Sources of Soviet Conduct, written by the selfsame Kennan under the pseudonym of [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega What did NATO promise Gorbachev?

Some in Russia maintain that the West promised there would be no NATO expansion eastwards, even towards what was soon to be the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), in exchange for accepting German unification. The West, particularly the US, maintains there was no such commitment. Which is true? It [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (1): Russia

On 17 June, we posted that it IS possible to measure the global presence of countries through the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG, according to its initials in Spanish) as an index compared to other indexes and indicators and as an analytic tool. As the IEPG’s results for 2012 [...]
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