Former director of the Kennedy School of Government of the University of Harvard, Graham Allison was an assistant for Russian and former USSR republics affairs of the Defense Secretary during Bill Clinton’s first mandate. He was one of John Kerry’s advisors during the last US presidential campaign.
January 4 marked the 14th anniversary of the collapse of the USSR. Mikhail Gorbatchev resigned from the presidency and Boris Yeltsin became the first president of independent Russia. It was the end of what Ronald Reagan had named “the Evil Empire”. Thus, Russia and 14 independent states emerged.
Who could have thought that the Evil Empire would disappear with no war, that communism would collapse without a revolution? Who could have thought that the end of the bipolar world would come so (...)
It is not the first time that the United States and Russia organize reciprocal visits of experts in relation to their nuclear arsenals. The purpose is to strengthen mutual trust and to exchange opinions about the methods to preserve these weapons. For example, Russian experts visited a base in Texas where US weapons are destroyed. They studied the place, consulted with specialists and made recommendations. It is not about Washington or Moscow controlling the other’s arsenal.
Nothing has (...)