Articles by: John Chrobak

North Korea: Putin context

North Korea: Putin context

September 28, 2017 at 10:23 AM

A new source of legitimacy From the recent Hydrogen bomb test, to the launch of a missile over Japanese territory, to threats to bomb the US island territory of Guam, North Korea’s determined efforts to develop its nuclear weapons program have kept global leaders on edge this past summer. MostRead More

Russia: Beating NATO without firing a bullet

Russia: Beating NATO without firing a bullet

July 28, 2017 at 2:21 PM

Author’s note: This article assumes, for the sake of argument, a decisively pro-NATO position in order to analyze the security prospects of Baltic NATO members. Readers are encouraged to keep in mind that the following offers an intentionally biased perspective. In the north-east corner of the European Union, between theRead More

Russia: “Old world” thinking and economic sanctions

Russia: “Old world” thinking and economic sanctions

July 16, 2017 at 5:07 PM

In early June, Putin sat down for an interview with Oliver Stone in which he was asked for his opinion on U.S. Senator John McCain; more specifically, he was asked for his opinion on the senator’s allegations calling Putin a butcher and thug. Though praising Senator McCain’s patriotic commitment toRead More

Czech constitutional crisis: “Sorry jako”

Czech constitutional crisis: “Sorry jako”

June 12, 2017 at 2:18 PM

Charged spats between government officials are rarely, if ever, looked upon from the sidelines with enthusiasm, and are more frequently perceived by the public as painful examples of childish behaviour and posturing that corrode the dignity usually expected to surround public office. Indeed, prolonged squabbles may be described as embarrassingRead More