Putin is Playing the World on Belarus

Putin will not allow for Belarus to be cleaved from Russian orbit. He may have even engineered the current instability to ensure Belarusian President Lukashenko’s loyalty.

Shadow Wars For Me, But Not For Thee

The United States won the West, specifically California, with an early form of what Sean McFate would refer to as “shadow warfare.” Putin did something similar in Crimea in 2014. Rather than decry it impotently, the United States should wage its own shadow war in defense of its allies (until Washington and Moscow can actually create a workable peace deal between themselves, that is).