Author Archives: salsagator

Goodbye Gorbachev

For decades a nuclear sword of Damocles hung over the head of the world.  This was the essence of the Cold War. During those decades there were periods of relative peace and times when a Third World War seemed unavoidable.  In the 1980s things heated up considerably. Ronald Reagan became the President and promised a […]

HOW PUTIN WINS: Authoritarians as a Global Coalition

After an expansion of freedom and democracy since 1980 there has been a reversal that has been labeled a “democratic recession.”  In this period democratically elected strongmen and authoritarian leaders have consolidated power in Russia, Venezuela, India, Turkey and Hungary.  These leaders have suffocated freedom and represent the style of leadership Fareed Zakaria warned of […]

Killing Ukraine – Revised and Updated

Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine to reset the boundaries of a New Cold War.  He will use the control of Ukraine to threaten and destabilize Eastern Europe the way he has undermined Ukraine since 2014.  He is doing this because he believes Russia is vulnerable to a NATO invasion across the flat North European landmass, which […]

Killing Ukraine

Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine to reset the boundaries of a New Cold War.  He will use the control of Ukraine to threaten and destabilize Eastern Europe the way he has undermined Ukraine since 2014.  He is doing this because he believes Russia is vulnerable to a NATO invasion across the flat European landmass, which includes […]

Cool hand Vlad or Crazy Ivan?

This month’s invasion of the Ukraine marks a new era in Russia’s relations with the rest of the world.  Vladimir Putin inherited Russia in a time of economic and political collapse.  Slowly he stabilized the economy and gradually stabilized the domestic political scene.  As an authoritarian thug he jailed, tortured and killed his political opponents.  […]

Russia’s next stages in Ukraine

The Russians have had a tough time combating the Ukrainian conventional forces as they wisely dispersed prior to the Russian invasion.  These forces are now being used to launch hit and run raids against the Russians.   An outmatched Ukrainian military has sought to avoid pitched battles which they could easily lose.  The Russians have now […]

Business Insider: Inside Florida’s “Little Moscow”

Piece from Business Insider that is important reading for any Floridian.

The Face of War: Slava Ukraini

Marina Saprova left Chechnya when the Russians invaded in 1994 and moved to Ukraine.  In 2014 the Russians invaded her city in Ukraine, so she moved again.  Now the Russians are invading her new home and she was asked by a reporter why she didn’t find another place to live.  She replied, “I’m tired.  Tired […]

Red Storm Receding – The limits of Putin’s ambitions

While most of the world focuses on Russia and Ukraine a consequential situation is evolving in resource rich Central Asia.  In January 2022, Vladimir Putin’s troops helped crush protestors in Kazakhstan.  His efforts to rebuild the former Soviet Empire may appear unstoppable.  But profound changes in the region mean time and tide are moving against […]

Identity Crisis: Who Are We?

How do you identify? If you were asked to describe yourself without using your name, how would you respond? Identity is tricky a concept but important to understanding behavior. Where you stand tends to be where you sit, after all. In the U.S. few would identify with their state, outside of Texas, Alabama and maybe, […]