International Affairs

Genocide in Ukraine?

How does the Russian war in Ukraine exemplify Professor Snyder’s “markers” of genocidal intention and action?

A World Without Rules

Someone must organize the posse when the lawless ones threaten the tacit rules that underwrite the minimum of order necessary to prevent the world from becoming a circular firing squad.

Thank You, Your Majesty

Americans have many reasons to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, one of the few truly noble figures on the contemporary world stage. We were deeply touched by her

On the Folly of Ignoring Dictators

Earlier this year, I had the honor and pleasure of being introduced to Hatfield House, ancestral home of the marquesses of Salisbury, by the seventh marquess, Robert Michael James Gascoyne-Cecil,

Christian Solidarity vs. Barbarism

CRACOW. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees have passed through this ancient cultural capital of Poland since Vladimir Putin’s poorly equipped, miserably led, and brutish army invaded Ukraine on February

Wars and Choices

One of the more irritating tropes of this age in which sloganeering has replaced argumentation is the alleged distinction between “wars of choice” and “wars of necessity.” That distorted and

The Lessons of Russian Warmaking

CRACOW. Four and a half months after Russia invaded Ukraine on the Orwellian pretext of displacing a “Nazi” regime—a regime that enjoys a democratic legitimacy absent from Russia for two

The Summer Reading List: A Ukrainian Primer

Given the rubbish about Ukraine spewed out by Russian propaganda trolls and regurgitated by foolish or ideologically besotted Americans, this year’s annual summer reading list will focus on serious books

The Cardinal and Jimmy

Tertullian, the first major Christian theologian to write in Latin, is thought to have coined the maxim Semen est sanguis Christianorum, typically (and rather freely) translated as “the blood of martyrs

Dobbs Hysteria and Russian Disinformation

There are striking parallels between the Russian disinformation campaign that continues to foul the global communications space in the third month of the war on Ukraine and the hysterical screeds

The Russian Path Not Taken

I’ve been thinking recently about Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” and its relationship to a deceased Russian Orthodox priest. As the Soviet Union was crumbling in 1990, two

The Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow

Pope Francis is undoubtedly grieved by the carnage in Ukraine. And when the Catholic Church’s chief ecumenical officer, Cardinal Kurt Koch, tells journalists he shares the papal conviction that religious

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