Category: Latvia

Attacking NATO where it has no defense

Russia’s successful subversion and partition of Ukraine can be replicated inside NATO countries without triggering the collective defense provisions of Article 5 of the Alliance’s treaty. We commented on this in a recent piece titled “Against All Odds: Why Putin is Winning.” In that article, we noted a concern by Paul A. Goble, considered the dean of experts on nationalities...

An amazing charitable campaign for postwar reconciliation

It isn’t sponsored by any government and gets virtually no public attention. But a years-long effort by a volunteer group in Latvia has provided closure for family members of Soviet, Latvian and German soldiers who died and disappeared in battle during World War II, and has helped Latvia close the wounds caused by those who collaborated with the Soviets and...

Delay NATO expansion – but for the right reason

by J Michael Waller, Wall Street Journal Europe, January 10, 1994 The former Warsaw Pact states are justifiably pursuing the right goal of full NATO membership, but for the wrong reasons. Similarly, the Clinton administration is taking the correct approach by delaying that goal, but for entirely the wrong reasons. Rather than basing his caution on fears of provoking elements in...

KGB: The perils of arbitrary power

KGB: The Perils of Arbitrary Power Perspective, Vol. II, No. 1, September 1991 By J. MICHAEL WALLER Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology & Policy “The KGB is everywhere, in everything, and that itself frustrates democracy.” Former KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin(1) “We have had as much democratization as we can stomach.” KGB Chairman Vladimir Kryuchkov(2) In trying to...