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Illustration on Reagan's unflagging state of effectiveness throughout his two terms as president by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Let Trump be Trump

It is common knowledge that the reason Ronald Reagan fired his first 1980 campaign manager John Sears was his loss to George H.W. Bush in the Iowa caucuses straw poll. Mr. Sears was replaced by William Casey, with Edwin Meese and Michael Deaver getting more involved in the campaign and all of them urging to let "Reagan to be Reagan."

President Trump attends his inaugural United Nations assembly.

North Korea and a New World Order

Let us honestly admit it. Despite the blistering rhetoric of President Trump, there are no good options to resolve the North Korean crisis. Even the traditional hawks who do not see any war they do not like this time are of the same opinion.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, right, speaks with Lithuania's Minister of Defense Raimundas Karoblis prior to a military parade to celebrate Independence Day in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

What is Trump doing in Ukraine?

I wrote an article three years ago that basically stated Ukraine was not our fight, no matter how much we want to support people who are fighting for freedom from Russia

Ukrainian soldiers march along main Khreshchatyk Street during a military parade to celebrate Independence Day in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukrainian crisis: Is there a way out?

Are we preparing for the war with Russia over Ukraine? That's how it looks if you saw in the news how U.S. Marines regularly do simulated battles with Russian-speaking insurgents.

On July 3, 2017, the American University in Moscow and the Burganov Museum will unveil a sculpture of Reagan and Gorbachev in downtown Moscow. For additional information please visit www.RussiaHouse.org/wrf.php

From Reagan and Gorbachev to Trump and Putin

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently said that "Right now, U.S.-Russia relations are in the gutter but we want to make sure they don't flush into the sewer."

On July 3, 2017, the American University in Moscow and the Burganov Museum will unveil a sculpture of Reagan and Gorbachev in downtown Moscow. For additional information please visit www.RussiaHouse.org/wrf.php

Trump and Putin, Reagan and Gorbachev

Although Mikhail Gorbachev is heralded throughout the Free World as the man who allowed the Soviet Union to crumble under its own corrupt weight, he is not revered at home, not by a long shot, especially by the older generation who remember their perceived Soviet glory

In this Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 photo, traditional Russian nesting dolls depicting US President Donald Trump, center left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir street shop in St.Petersburg, Russia. While their country has become a daily source of headlines and political intrigue in the United States, most Russians are watching the drama over President Donald Trump's relationship with Moscow with resignation, even indifference. Russian media, state-owned and private, chronicle Mr. Trump's troubles matter-of-factly. Regular citizens generally care little about them. Many share the view that what's unfolded in Washington has dimmed prospects for the mended Russia-U.S. ties his candidacy represented here and thus have lost interest. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, file)

Russophobia is about blocking the Trump agenda

The current wave of Russophobia sweeping Washington and the halls of power in the Leftist, corrupt media is not about Russia. It is about stopping the Trump agenda. Democrats had no problem cozying up the Kremlin in the past. They still don't.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin wave as leaders pose for a family photo during the Belt and Road Forum at meeting's venue on Yanqi Lake just outside Beijing, China, Monday, May 15, 2017. (Damir Sagolj/Pool Photo via AP)

U.S. should squelch Russophobia

The crisis in Russian-American relations we are witnessing has reached a boiling point. Even in the darkest days of the Cold War, the Soviet ambassadors to Washington were not labeled spies and visits by Moscow's foreign minister to the White House were not seen as putting the republic in mortal danger.

President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, April 6, 2017, after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria Thursday night in retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Associated Press)

U.S. strike on Syria ends hopes of new era with Russia

The U.S. missile strike on Syrian territory spells the end of a long and strange period of speculation, of hopes for a new era of U.S.-Russian relations, of prospects for a "major deal" between the two countries and, in general, of any possibility that President Trump is, as alleged, a "pro-Russian" leader.

U.S. and Russian national flags wave on the wind before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrival in Moscow's Vnukovo airport, Russia, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Mr. Tillerson is due to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Ivan Sekretarev)

Forget grand U.S.-Russia bargain

What's a grand bargain? Since Donald Trump's election last November, there has been much speculation about a U.S.-Russia grand bargain, although it has faded dramatically in recent weeks amid far-reaching U.S. investigations of Russian interference in U.S. elections last year and possible collusion between Mr. Trump's associates and the Kremlin.

The Death of the Soviet Union Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Washington, Moscow can be allies on key world issues

Great power politics is an art in managing adversarial relationships on the international stage. Ideas floated in the late 1980s and early 1990s, suggesting that Russia and the United States could form a strong and lasting alliance, defied geopolitical logic. However, that does not mean Moscow and Washington cannot maintain a relationship based on mutual respect and find common ground on resolving at least some of the core problems facing the international community today.

The Death of the Soviet Union Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Russia can be an ally to patriotic Americans

The Kremlin and its current leadership have long memories. The Russian attempts to hurt Hillary Clinton in her presidential race against Donald Trump hark back to when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to get Vladimir Putin thrown out of office at the turn of the decade. Mr. Putin holds grudges.

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, the American flag flies above the Wall Street entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks slipped early Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, as investors continued to sell phone company and utility stocks. Materials companies are the exception, as theyre trading higher as the dollar weakens. Investors are also sifting through reports that showed inflation remained weak in July, but home building and factory production improved. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Worries over American ascendancy

Consult any long-term American statistical compilation (say, on the economy or on the crime rate) and one might be forgiven for concluding that the trend lines look quite positive for Americans' sense of security and prosperity.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, welcomes his New Zealand's counterpart Murray McCully during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Hierarchy of threats to Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world, with very low population density and an intricate interplay of neighbors. Its vast territory makes Russia a self-sufficient universe containing everything it might need for development. On the other hand, low population density and permeability of borders make it internally fragile and heavily exposed to the influence of its neighbors.

In this Nov. 4, 2015 photo, Iranian demonstrators chant slogans during an annual rally in front of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The annual state-organized rally drew greater attention, as Iranian hardliners are intensifying a campaign to undermine President Hassan Rouhani's outreach to the West following a landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers in July. The Iran nuclear accord is fragile at its one-year anniversary. Upcoming elections in the U.S. and Iran could yield new leaders determined to derail the deal. The Mideast wars pit U.S. and Iranian proxies in conflict, with risks of escalation. Iran's ballistic missiles are threatening American allies in the Arab world and Israel, raising pressure on the United States to respond with force. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

US RUSSIA CROSSTALK: Middle East stability talks

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After a year or so following the entry into force of the Iran nuclear deal, it is possible to draw some conclusions about the controversial agreement and arms control in general.