Cold War

George Kennan’s Diaries

By |2019-09-04T23:49:16-05:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Books, Civilization, Cold War, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Politics, War|

George Kennan was—and remains—an important, even compelling, figure in the early history of the Cold War. But these selections from his voluminous and often overwrought diaries reveal him to have been something other than what this honest, if not always moderate, this calm, but not always cool, and detached professional diplomat took himself to [...]

“The End of the Cold War”

By |2019-07-10T23:21:27-05:00November 20th, 2018|Categories: Cold War, Culture, Fiction, George Stanciu, Science|

“Why can’t we eat normal food?” Frank moved the fried tempeh, steamed broccoli, and brown rice around on his plate with his dinner fork, much like the eight-year-old boy he was forty years ago. His wife’s jaw stiffened, and she said, “This is normal food.” “Yeah, if we lived in Jakarta or Calcutta.” Alice refused [...]

1989: A Tale of Three Cities & the End of the Old New World Order

By |2019-05-30T10:30:15-05:00April 22nd, 2018|Categories: Cold War, Foreign Affairs, History, National Security, Russia, War, Western Civilization|

The year 1989 may well be seen by future historians as one of those rare pivotal years of this past millennium—like 1066, 1492, 1793, and 1914—that profoundly altered the direction of Western Civilization. It is, of course, still too early to say for certain that we as a society set ourselves on a dangerous [...]

The Marshall Plan: Conservative Reform as a Weapon of War

By |2018-03-20T15:20:43-05:00March 20th, 2018|Categories: Cold War, Conservatism, History, Politics, Russell Kirk, War|

As a weapon in the Cold War, the Marshall Plan contributed to the strategic goal of maintaining a balance of power between East and West and thereby containing the Soviet Empire long enough for it to collapse under the weight of its internal contradictions… If students recall anything about the European Recovery Program (the [...]

Ronald Reagan & George C. Marshall: A Cold War Affinity

By |2019-05-14T13:56:10-05:00December 20th, 2017|Categories: Cold War, Conservatism, Europe, Featured, History, Politics, Ronald Reagan, War|

Both George C. Marshall and Ronald Reagan were “conservative internationalists”: peace-through-strength realists who did not lose sight of their democratic principles, and who engaged with other nations to achieve not only American security and prosperity, but also a greater measure of freedom and justice in the world… Within this past year occurred both the thirtieth [...]

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

By |2019-05-16T11:46:14-05:00July 19th, 2017|Categories: 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 [...]

Rethinking America’s Global Role in an Age of Nationalism

By |2016-12-02T13:37:01-05:00December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Cold War, Foreign Affairs, Pat Buchanan|

Now that the British have voted to secede from the European Union and America has chosen a president who has never before held public office, the French appear to be following suit. In Sunday’s runoff to choose a candidate to face Marine Le Pen of the National Front in next spring’s presidential election, the [...]

How George Orwell Helped Cause the Cold War

By |2019-01-07T13:56:50-05:00November 26th, 2016|Categories: Cold War, Featured, George Orwell, History, Literature, Politics|

Following the publication of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the American public suddenly discovered that the Russians had utterly divergent geopolitical interests from Americans… Animal Farm’s positive reception in Great Britain was far exceeded by its smashing success in the United States. The initial American reaction to Orwell’s fable came in the form of a [...]

“Animal Farm”: Seventy Years Later

By |2016-12-22T06:58:52-05:00November 19th, 2016|Categories: Cold War, Featured, George Orwell, History, Politics|

Animal Farm hit a nerve at the right psychological moment in America, just when the pro-Soviet fellow-traveling movement was beginning to unravel… What havoc “a little squib” can cause! Seven decades ago, George Orwell’s Animal Farm was published in the United States. Its publication launch was August 26, 1946, almost exactly a year after [...]

Overcoming Evil with Goodness

By |2019-01-07T14:11:52-05:00March 21st, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Cold War, Poland, Timeless Essays, Truth, War|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Peter S. Rieth as he discusses Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a Polish martyr who was murdered while loving his enemies. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Do not use violence in your struggle. Violence is not a sign of strength, only of weakness. He who [...]

Solzhenitsyn & The Return of the False Dimitris

By |2014-11-07T16:13:50-05:00September 6th, 2014|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Catholicism, Cold War, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland, Russia|

As a Catholic and a Pole, it is not easy to translate and publish these letters from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn about the Ukraine crisis. Solzhenitsyn writes about a common experience of suffering by Belorussians, Ukrainians and Russians not only at the hands of Communism, but at the hands of Catholicism and Poles. Yet anyone who has [...]