Russia's Super Strange Kiev-Class Aircraft Carriers: Submarine and Carrier-Killer?

At the tail end of the Cold War, the Soviet Union produced a number of unique aircraft carriers. Known as the Kiev class, the carriers were the Soviets’ initial foray into the world of fixed wing naval aviation, and the only Soviet carriers to become fully operational. The story of the Kiev carriers is also the story of a land power forging a path to become a naval power, seeking to realize a fleet that could challenge the mighty U.S. Navy.

Report: Americans Support Use of Nuclear Weapons If It Saves Lives of U.S. Military

A sizeable majority of the American people are ready to support the use of nuclear weapons if it saves the lives of U.S. military servicemen and women.

That’s according to a new survey conducted by Scott D. Sagan and Benjamin A. Valentino, the results of which were published in the new issue of International Security (Full disclosure: International Security is published by my former employer, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs).

The Story of How One Tiny Country Held Back the Russia's Mighty Military

The hugely cynical German-Soviet nonaggression pact, concluded in August 1939, assigned the Baltic region of eastern Europe to the exclusive sphere of influence of Communist Russia. Soviet leader Joseph Stalin immediately embarked on a program to annex traditionally Russian-dominated territory in the area, including Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, to serve as an obstacle to any potential German invasion of the Soviet Union. With good reason, Stalin did not trust Nazi strongman Adolf Hitler to keep his word one second longer than Hitler thought expedient.

Why U.S. Sanctions Are Unlikely to Deter North Korea

This past weekend, there was good news on the North Korea front. Yes, you heard that right; for a change, we aren’t talking about an underground nuclear test or another intercontinental ballistic missile launch screeching into the waters near Japan, but rather a unified message from the international community that Pyongyang’s antics are making it more enemies by the week.