Van Cliburn, Nikita Khrushchev, and a Lull in the Cold War

By |2019-11-19T14:32:27-06:00July 19th, 2017|Categories: Audio/Video, Cold War, Culture, Music, Russia|

At some point during the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Nikita Khrushchev was asked whether it would be okay to give the prize to the American virtuoso, Van Cliburn… One of the most famous—and unexpected—lulls in the Cold War came when Texan Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr. stepped off a plane in Moscow in April [...]

Dear Mr. Putin: Time to Give Up on Better Relations with America

By |2017-09-29T12:09:37-05:00July 17th, 2017|Categories: Cold War, Communism, Donald Trump, Featured, Foreign Affairs, History, National Security, Politics, Russia|

Dear President Putin: It is no use trying any further to accommodate the United States or cooperate with it. We cannot afford any more concessions. It is clear that the United States only respects force and firmness… Dear Mr. President: The below memorandum regarding Russian-American bilateral relations was drafted by my Ministry’s Department of [...]

From Russia with Love? Prospects for Cooperation With Vladimir Putin

By |2017-07-08T07:41:09-05:00July 7th, 2017|Categories: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Joseph Pearce, National Security, Russia, Senior Contributors|

As major players on the global stage, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump could counterbalance the forces of globalism which seek to destroy all sovereign nations… Can we trust Russia? Should we trust Russia? Should we trust Trump on Russia? The buzz word of Barack Obama’s Presidential Election Campaign, oh so many eons ago, was [...]

Solzhenitsyn on Russia and the West

By |2018-12-04T12:40:13-06:00May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Featured, Foreign Affairs, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Russia|

There are moves afoot to whip up the old Cold War angst and anger and to resurrect enmity towards Russia. Liberals in the West, outraged at Russia’s resistance to their decadent agenda, are caricaturing Russia as an enemy of Western “values”… In 1998 I had the inestimable pleasure and honour of interviewing Alexander Solzhenitsyn [...]

Russia: Friend or Foe?

By |2017-04-25T10:06:23-05:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: Europe, Foreign Affairs, History, National Security, Politics, Russia|

Russia’s leaders are flawed, inclined toward violence, and covetous of power—but this doesn’t make them much different from the leaders of every other nation-state… On March 10, 2014, American ambassadors from across the globe descended on Washington for our annual conference: a few days to forget about the day-to-day hassles of running embassies and [...]

Putting Putin in Perspective

By |2016-08-03T21:39:42-05:00August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Pearce, Russia, Senior Contributors|

In these days of acrimonious political mud-slinging, there seems to be almost nothing upon which the radicals on the left and the reactionaries on the right can agree. There is, however, one thing on which both ends of the political spectrum are in absolute agreement, and that’s their univocal and unadulterated disdain for Russian [...]

What Should America Do at the NATO Summit?

By |2020-05-21T10:43:49-05:00July 5th, 2016|Categories: Foreign Affairs, Military, Politics, Russia, War|

Poland and the Baltic states cannot be permitted to exploit American military engagement in Eastern Europe as a means of driving a permanent wedge between NATO and Russia. A permanent discord between NATO and Russia will only add yet another costly volatile region to the world’s growing list of concerns. Many of NATO’s anxious [...]

Beauty and the Enlivening of the Russian Literary Imagination

By |2019-07-16T21:15:41-05:00May 1st, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Beauty, Christendom, Featured, Glenn Davis, Russia, Timeless Essays, Truth, Virtue|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Glenn Davis as he discusses Fyodor Dostoevsky and the concept that “beauty will save the world.” —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Readers of The Imaginative Conservative know well the phrase “beauty will save the world.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn borrowed it from Fyodor [...]

Anti-Putin Liberal Losers and Historical Folly

By |2020-06-08T16:56:14-05:00December 11th, 2015|Categories: Featured, History, Leadership, Poland, Politics, Russia|

Poland’s foremost liberal thinker Adam Michnik, has been known to quote the XIXth century Russian liberal Alexander Hercen’s attacks against Tsar Nicholas I while accusing President Vladimir Putin of the sort of despotism that Hercen saw in the Tsar. Mr. Michnik and Poland’s foremost conservative patriot, Henryk Krzeczkowski, both wrote fascinating reflections about Russian [...]

Is NATO Necessary Now?

By |2015-12-11T14:01:35-06:00December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Europe, Foreign Affairs, Middle East, Pat Buchanan, Russia, War|

Recently, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosted a spirited discussion with Donald Trump on whether he was right in asserting that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated as the towers came down on 9/11. About Muslim celebrations in Berlin, however, there appears to be no doubt. In my chapter “Eurabia,” in State of Emergency: The Third World [...]

Religious Imagination & the Republican Tsar, Alexander I

By |2020-05-21T11:54:43-05:00November 27th, 2015|Categories: Europe, History, Poland, Politics, Russia|

Tsar Alexander I’s future was foretold: a great war with a man on a white horse—Napoleon—and then the distant future of twentieth-century Russia: the nation overcome by a red wave of destruction and then war in which millions would perish. When Prince Adam Czartoryski of Poland found himself a prisoner of the Russian Tsar, [...]

The Ukraine Question & the Coming Armageddon

By |2020-05-21T12:32:03-05:00November 6th, 2015|Categories: History, Poland, Russia|

  The Polish failure to take into account Ukrainian aspiration in the inter-war period led to a situation in which the centers of Ukrainian political activity ended up outside of Poland and functioned on foreign soil up until the Second World War—great political blunder. From the translator: It is worth noting that this monumentally [...]

The Foreign Policy Wisdom of Vladimir Putin

By |2015-11-20T16:22:49-06:00October 21st, 2015|Categories: Foreign Affairs, Middle East, Nationalism, Russia, War|

“Do you realize now what you have done?” So Vladimir Putin in his U.N. address summarized his indictment of a U.S. foreign policy that has produced a series of disasters in the Middle East that we did not need the Russian leader to describe for us. Fourteen years after we invaded Afghanistan, Afghan troops [...]

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