Author: Matt Reisener

  • The World According to Putin: Debating Why World War II Happened

    On the 75th anniversary of the start of the World War II, Russian president Vladimir Putin published an important article in The National Interest in which he cited archival research to reexamine the causes of the war and the Soviet Union’s role in it. The article has prompted considerable debate over its interpretations of history and their implications for current affairs. How strong is Putin’s

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  • A Discussion of US-Russian Relations with Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov

    Russia is widely considered today to represent one of the main geopolitical and diplomatic challenges to the United States. While dialogue between the two countries continues, the relationship is increasingly defined by adversity, confrontation, and mistrust. Indeed, appearing recently on Russian television, Ambassador Antonov described the relationship as outright “horrible.” Still, as Secretary of State

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  • The National Interest’s Korea Studies Team Releases New Report on Kim Pyong-il

    In April, rumors of Kim Jong-un’s untimely death made their rounds across the internet after the North Korean leader disappeared for a while from public view. One question appeared to be on everybody’s mind: who would take his place? Among those believed most likely to rise to the occasion was Kim Jong-un’s uncle, and former North Korean Ambassador to

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  • The Longest Forever War: The Korean War at 70

    June 2020 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Korean War, a conflict which claimed over 35,000 American lives and which remains unresolved to this day. The legacy of the Korean War continues to profoundly shape both politics on the Korean Peninsula and the security calculations of all players in the East Asian theatre. On June

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  • The Constitution & Social Protest

    Over the past few months, the United States has been gripped by protests focusing on issues as diverse as police violence and government-enforced social distancing measures designed to prevent coronavirus. As protesters take to the street to voice their opinions on these important issues, questions of how to weigh the interest of the government in

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