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Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a columnist for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Columns by Clifford D. May

A woman passes by a mural depicting the Russian President Vladimir Putin that reads: ''Brother'' vandalized with paint, in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, May 7, 2022. Despite having to pay a big price Serbia for not introducing sanctions to Russia, Serbia will not do it , Serbian President Vucic said, but despite that the country will stay on its path toward the EU. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Tyrannical dictator Putin gives new life to NATO

Credit where credit is due: Russian President Vladimir Putin is revitalizing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an alliance that has never been obsolete but had become obsolescent. Published May 17, 2022

Illustration on the Ukraine war and options for peace by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Diplomatic end to Putin’s Ukraine war unlikely

Let's acknowledge that we're treading on dangerous ground. Russia is ruled by a thug who has launched a war intended to extinguish Ukraine as an independent nation. Published April 19, 2022

Illustration on Russia and neighbors attacking internationally by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Russia is not the only nation threatening its neighbors

With oceans to our east and west, and weak neighbors to our north and south, we Americans sometimes have a hard time understanding the plight of nations threatened by big, bad neighbors. Published April 12, 2022

Illustration on the new Cold War with Russia by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Cold War II and Biden’s new ‘new world order’

These are confusing times, and President Biden is not helping to bring clarity. Last week, for example, he told the Business Roundtable that "there's going to be a new world order." What could he possibly have meant? Published March 29, 2022

Illustration on Putin's winter war by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Putin’s winter war

In my column on Feb. 1, I offered a prediction that Russian President Vladimir Putin would "not start a war during the Olympics, which take place in the People's Republic of China. Published February 22, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

All the president’s enemies

As he begins his second year in office this week, President Biden looks toward the horizon and sees multiple challenges and threats. Published January 18, 2022

Illustration on the anti-semitic United Nations by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The U.N.’s final solution to the Israel question

Historians usually date the start of the Holocaust to June 1941 when German troops invaded the Soviet Union, identified Jewish civilians, lined them up and shot them by the thousands. Published January 11, 2022

American Revolution Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

American Revolution was not about tyranny (or slavery)

Science is never settled. Among those who established that: Copernicus, Galileo, Newton and Einstein. History is never settled either. No one has done more to establish that than Andrew Roberts, the great British historian. Published December 29, 2021