Advice for a New Secretary of State, Part 6; How to Use a Skinner Box

In Part 5, Advice For…, we have an abstract argument that operant conditioning could be an effective tool to curb some of the activities of a nation-state. We want the Russians to cease subversion of our political process via social media and fake news.  B.F. Skinner’s numerous publications explain in general terms how this should … Continue reading Advice for a New Secretary of State, Part 6; How to Use a Skinner Box

Trump-Putin Summit; An Executive Summary; The Oldest Russia Analyst

Imagine for a moment that I am tasked with authoring an executive summary for the upcoming Trump-Putin summit.  There isn’t room for historical justification or the semi-literary style so popular with foreign policy journalism. And it has to be self contained, so I can’t tell POTUS to go read Kennan’s Long Telegram. Instead, here’s a … Continue reading Trump-Putin Summit; An Executive Summary; The Oldest Russia Analyst

Putin Wins; Russian Politics; Trace Elements of a Society; Novichok Part 2

We continue from Putin Wins; Russian Politics & Novichok Part 1.  Much of what follows was originally written as the unpublished part 7 of Advice to a New Secretary of State. It is re-purposed here as continuation of Putin Wins; Russian Politics & Novichok Part 1, on the road to developing a comparison of Russia … Continue reading Putin Wins; Russian Politics; Trace Elements of a Society; Novichok Part 2

Russia, proposed Syria cooperation with United States; Is Russia a Rational Actor?

(Reuters) Russia confirms proposed Syria cooperation with United States. For both amateurs and intelligence pros, this poses a fascinating question. Since Assad is despised in the West. U.S. ire at Russian hacking of our elections is going ballistic. Russia has actually increased hacking activity. Russian aggression in Ukraine, and subversion in Eastern Europe have frightened … Continue reading Russia, proposed Syria cooperation with United States; Is Russia a Rational Actor?

Just a Reminder – Looking for a Gig (The Challenge of Yemen)

As with Skinner’s Operant Conditioning of Russia, the web counter implies some interest in the challenge of Yemen. I thought of that idea while contemplating rats being tickled — and laughing. I hen began to imagine –  strictly in my imagination –  Sergey Lavrov  laughing. If you enjoy the writing, the broad assemblage of information, and perhaps  even … Continue reading Just a Reminder – Looking for a Gig (The Challenge of Yemen)