• China, Russia take advantage of U.S. passivity

    While China’s efforts to build new islets in the South China Sea have nudged out of the headlines by the U.S. presidential campaigns, the issue remains important. Foreign policy issues, especially those with a strong military component, can .

  • Putin, Russia’s economy and the art of bluffing

    A recent New York Times article on Russia bolstering its submarine fleet as tensions with the United States rise left the impression that the danger we face from the Russians is on the rise, similar to the Cold War.  .

  • Putin builds a new security force - for himself

    Of all the things I expected to report from Vladimir Putin’s Russia, his decision to create his own army was not one of them.  Technically, the group is called a “national guard,” and it is just one of .

  • Obama allows Russia to harass U.S. ships

    The buzzing by unarmed Russian SU-24 aircraft of the USS Donald Cook, an American destroyer in the Baltic Sea, April 12, and the subsequent harassment of a U.S. Air Force plane above the Baltic Sea were not meant to be .

  • What North Korea is thinking is a mystery

    In discussing North Korea’s behavior — its repeated launching of missiles and its unspeakable brutality toward its own citizens — a number of my friends have expressed concern that this behavior is reflective of the “crazy guys” running the country. A .

  • Sharing intelligence with Russia? Why not?

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, recently suggested that the United States and Russia share intelligence, in particular with regard to the war in Syria. Why duplicate efforts, they wondered. Life would be much easier if .

  • Most landlords are responsible

    I am writing in response to Mr. Baker’s letter Sunday about rental properties and landlords. I agree about off-street parking spaces aligning with the number of bedrooms in a rental. But this is not an issue with my rental .

  • Athletics thrived under Schulz

    I want to acknowledge my personal gratitude for the tremendous leader and friend that Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz has been over the past seven years. The entire Schulz family — First Lady Noel and sons Tim and Andrew — have .

  • Russians leaving Syria, going home… Really?

    On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russian troops would be leaving Syria. The Russians claim this withdrawal was completed by March 20. This action raises two questions. The first is how serious are the Russians? When they say withdraw, .

  • $1 billion lost and counting

    One billion dollars forfeited, with more money lost each day, each hour. Inaction makes the problem worse with every passing minute. Surely such a situation should spur Kansas lawmakers to action.  For two years running, Kansas has turned down .

  • Brownback and taxing principles

    About 40 years ago, Sam Brownback, a student at Kansas State University, en-rolled in my public finance class. So I know that he once was exposed to the principles of a well-functioning tax system. As governor of Kansas, he has certainly .

  • Russia has reason to fear Western armed forces

    Fear of the West’s military might — and particularly that of the United States — has colored Russian thought about foreign policy for many years, in part because of the West’s technological prowess. Some observers outside of Russia would argue .


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