Patrick Armstrong

Patrick Armstrong was an analyst in the Canadian Department of National Defence specialising in the USSR/Russia from 1984 and a Counsellor in the Canadian Embassy in Moscow in 1993-1996. He retired in 2008 and has been writing on Russia and related subjects on the Net ever since.

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September 12, 2020
Trump and the Gordian Knot, Year Three

The Trump Administration is saying “my way or the highway”. The Europeans are certainly big enough to set off on the highway by themselves.

August 17, 2020
The Abyss of Disinformation Gazes Into Its Creators

“What do we SCF writers have in common? Well, Dear Reader, look around you. Certainly we question The Truth,” Patrick Armstrong writes.

August 5, 2020
Americans, War – Slow Learners

You’d think that a country that had been at war for that much of its existence, would be pretty good at it. But you’d be wrong.

July 17, 2020
The Real ‘Russian Playbook’ Is Written in English

It’s freely available and it’s inexpensive enough that every pundit can have a personal copy.

July 4, 2020
Why Russians Don’t Want to Be Europeans

Russians have figured out that they weren’t welcome, they aren’t welcome and they never will be welcome. It is unlikely that another 6 years of hysterical Russophobia will have convinced the Russian public that the West is more welcoming.

June 23, 2020
Russia-Haters Then and Now

If forced to admit that Moscow is playing by the rules, they retort that it’s only to better break them tomorrow.

June 13, 2020
Russia and Europe: Two Different Histories

Russia is not inferior, not “Asiatic”, not uncivilised, not uncultured; different. It’s a “civilisation state”, like China, Patrick Armstrong writes.

May 30, 2020
America: The Deluded Superpower

Chasing after the exceptionalist goal of dominance in everything, everywhere, all the time is a “tried and true” road to oblivion.

May 22, 2020
America the Terrified: What Makes This Superpower So Sensitive?

We laypeople are left wondering: has there ever been so frightened a superpower? So mighty and all about to be lost.

May 10, 2020
Black Swans Fly In

2020 has brought us two so far: the COVID-19 and the collapse of oil prices. Each will have potent consequences for the American Empire.