Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is a Professor of History at IWP and holds the The Kociuszko Chair in Polish Studies. Full bio

Battle of the Monuments Continues Against Russia

When Antifa, BLM, and other rioters destroyed historical monuments in various American cities, they mostly failed to replace them with anything much. In contrast, the Russians operate in precisely deliberate way and know what their objective is: a restoration of Soviet and, to a lesser extent, Russian symbols. Read more at Newsmax

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Owen Smith with General John Singlaub

General John Singlaub, RIP

John K. Singlaub (1921-2022) was a legend among us anti-Communist kids when I was in college: The Reagan/Wolverines Generation. Some of us heard about the General’s exploits in the U.S. Special Forces and the CIA. It started in the Second World War (in both European and Pacific theaters). Then came Korea, Vietnam, Laos, and plenty…

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Nazism in Ukraine? A Short History of Russian Propaganda

President Vladimir Putin has vowed to “de-Nazify” Ukraine. He means that Ukraine is somehow a “Nazi” country at present. To understand the Kremlin’s narrative we must go back to the Second World War and even earlier. First, we must understand that the word “Nazi” or “fascist” and “Hitlerite” has been infinitely flexible in Moscow’s vocabulary.…

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Poland’s Best Kept Secret

Liberty (wolność) is the most salient and recognizable characteristic of the Polish heritage. The Polish conservative way champions freedom before other treasures of tradition: rather than license, it is freedom with responsibility that Polish conservatives espouse. Christian faith, tradition, family, patria, individualism, property, and order complement liberty in the pantheon of cherished values that have…

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Putin Unlikely to Let Up on Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin has no incentive to stop the war in Ukraine. He has no reason to seek a peaceful settlement. After its initial failures of an all-out invasion, Russia’s military performance has significantly improved. The Russians have regrouped and proceed incrementally. Everywhere the Russian forces deploy their pincer movements, isolating, encircling, and overwhelming the…

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Arms Deliveries Not Enough; Biden Needs a Ukraine Strategy

The Biden administration lacks a Ukraine strategy. Instead, it zigzags and improvises. Though it pretends otherwise, the White House seems almost entirely reactive vis-à-vis the Kremlin. In May, the administration received from Congress a $40 billion package for Ukraine. A few days ago, another billion was thrown in. Let’s retrace Joe Biden’s moves on the Ukrainian…

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Admitting Sweden and Finland to NATO Makes Eminent Sense

During the upcoming NATO summit in Madrid, the members of the transatlantic alliance will decide about admitting Sweden and Finland. Is this in the interest of the United States? Some say it is not. But it tends to be the same neo-isolationist, national conservative voices that question our presence in Europe in general and prefer Russia over Ukraine in…

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Putin’s Russia created Europe’s worst refugee crisis

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has produced Europe’s gravest refugee crisis arguably since the Second World War. The Ukrainian disaster shares some similarities with other European migrant emergencies. The Third World’s illegal masses consistently burst into Spain, Italy, and France. They also endeavor to walk in, mostly via Greece and the Balkans. That was particularly…

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Hungary, Poland Traditional Bond Breaks on Ukraine

Hungary and Poland are arguably the only two nations in the Intermarium, the lands between the Baltic, Black, and Adriatic seas, which share strong affinity for one another. However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused an increasing dissonance among friends. Historical ties between the Poles and Hungarians have been strong for centuries. Recently, having shed…

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Why Some on the American Right Dislike Ukraine

It is time for the national conservatives and Trumpian populists to emerge from the Kremlin-dug rabbit hole and see Ukraine for what it really is. Many populists, libertarians, and national conservatives dislike Ukraine. They tend to be hostile or indifferent, at best, toward the nation’s fate even as it frantically battles against Russian aggression. Read more…

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