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  Much of what follows was originally written as the unpublished part 7 of Advice to a New Secretary of State.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

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)