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Dr. Jiri Valenta is a non-resident Senior Research Associate with the BESA Center for Strategic Studies. He is a member of the US Council on Foreign Relations and the author of Soviet Intervention in Czechoslovakia 1968, Anatomy of a Decision (with a forward by Alexander Dubcek), among other works.

ARTICLES BY: Jiri Valenta

July 6, 2021 11:30 am

Putin Comes for Ukraine — and America

In May-June 2021, many feared the worst as Vladimir Putin alarmed both Ukraine and NATO by conducting a massive deployment on Ukraine’s borders. Was this a...

May 4, 2021 12:01 pm

Ukraine, Russia and the West: Could War Erupt?

Having used brutal force to crush nationwide demonstrations in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin has now embarked on a new venture....

October 17, 2020 11:40 pm

Belarus Needs Peaceful US Engagement

A CIA assessment of Vladimir Putin’s views and policies concluded that he and his Kremlin apparatus clearly favor Donald Trump over Joe Biden in the...

December 16, 2019 11:45 am

How Kremlin Coups Led to Democratic Revolutions

In the 1980s, Mikhail Gorbachev was under pressure from the fundamentalist communist leaders of East Germany and Czechoslovakia to take action against the reform-minded leaders...

August 4, 2019 6:45 am

Venezuela: The Mafia State

In an op-ed in The New York Times on June 11, Abraham F. Lowenthal and David Smilde proposed a humanistic vision for the Oslo negotiations between representatives of...

May 19, 2019 7:19 am

Stopping Russian Aggression and Applying the Monroe Doctrine to Venezuela

The Monroe Doctrine, first articulated in 1823 by President James Monroe, was designed to protect the Americas from foreign threat and intervention. The Doctrine has a...

April 29, 2019 12:02 pm

If Trump Opposes Russia, He Must Get Their Military to Leave Venezuela Immediately

The Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta, as reported by The Moscow Times, states that Russia is considering deploying strategic bombers full-time in Venezuela. The outlet also reports that...

November 1, 2018 12:32 am

The Lessons of the Munich Agreement — 80 Years Later

In discussions of international relations, the Munich Agreement, which marks its 80th anniversary this fall, has become synonymous with the perils of appeasing megalomaniacal tyrants....

August 28, 2018 10:20 am

The Lesson of the 1968 Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia: Never Surrender

The 50th anniversary of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia is upon us. Before the invasion, Czech leader Alexander Dubcek received suggestions on how to respond...


Second Gentleman at Antisemitism Roundtable: ‘I’m Proud to Live Openly...

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, the spouse of Vice President Kamala Harris, on Wednesday led a roundtable discussion with Biden administration...


Yale University Students Launch Campus’ First Ever BDS Campaign

A Yale University student group has launched the school's first ever boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign, according to a report by the Yale Daily News. "Yalies 4 Palestine" (Y4P), a...

Middle East

Iran Protesters Call for Strike, Prosecutor Says Morality Police Shut Down

Protesters in Iran called on Sunday for a three-day strike this week, stepping up pressure on authorities after the public prosecutor said the morality police whose detention of a young...

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