Kyiv, the Polis

As a former citizen of the USSR, born in Kyiv, I am living through a surreal moment. The country my family and I escaped as refugees no longer exists, having collapsed under the pressure of the Cold War, political ineptitude, and inexorable economic deterioration. Yet the memory of my brief, bleak life in my native […]

Suicidal Sovereignty

Is Putin insane? Is Trump insane? Is Kim Jong-un insane? Is Bashar al-Assad insane? Was Muammar Gaddafi insane? Was Stalin insane? Was Hitler insane? Even a cursory search will yield headlines of this sort, and the list can be extended indefinitely. To be an authoritarian leader, it seems, is to court madness. The position of […]