Open System Pathways for a Multi-Polar Future

By Matthew Ehret During the course of President Putin’s June 24 opening speech during the Moscow Parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of WWII, the following call to action was made: “We understand how important it is to strengthen friendship and trust between nations, and are open to dialogue and cooperation on the most pressing issues on the international…

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A US President Committed to the Development of Humankind

In this Rising Tide Foundation lecture, historian and Africa expert Lawrence Freeman presents a deep dive into the life, policies and political battles of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with a focus on the New Deal followed by an analysis of the clash between post-WW2 ideologies (British imperial vs American republican) at Bretton Woods in 1944. Transcript…

RTF Review of “Seven Days in May”

John Frankenheimer’s “Seven Days in May” (1964) may be a Hollywood movie but it is also an incredibly insightful account of the problem with Cold War thinking, based off of the book by the same title. At the time it was meant to be a lesson and warning to those who allowed themselves to be…

The U.S. Pivot to Asia: Cold War Lessons From Vietnam for Today

By Cynthia Chung In part one of this series, I discussed how a massive U.S. arms stockpile in Okinawa, Japan that was originally intended to be used for the planned American invasion of Japan was cancelled once the two atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. L. Fletcher Prouty, who served as Chief of Special…

A Damned Murder Inc: Kennedy’s Battle Against the Leviathan

By Cynthia Chung As discussed in part two of this series, the war in Vietnam did not start on its official date, November 1st, 1955, but rather 1945 when American clandestine operations were launched in Vietnam to “prepare the ground”. Fletcher Prouty, who served as Chief of Special Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Kennedy…

For Victory Day: It’s Time to Think About Finally Winning WWII

By Matthew Ehret 77 years ago Germany surrendered to allied forces finally ending the ravages of the Second World War. Today, as the world celebrates the 77th anniversary of this victory, why not think very seriously about finally winning that war once and for all? If you’re confused by this statement, then you might want…

Today’s Multi Polar Potential and the Missed Chance of 1867

By Matthew Ehret In a recent paper entitled ‘Tomorrow’s Arctic: Theatre of War or Cooperation?’ I introduced readers to the US-Russian grand design which shaped not only the sale of Alaska in October 1867 to the USA for $7.2 million, but also Russia’s involvement in the American Civil War as Czar Alexander II arranged the deployment of…

Paul Robeson: His Life as an Unfinished Symphony

Many know of the name Paul Robeson as a great baritone singer and actor of the early 20th century… but few know of Paul Robeson as the cultural warrior, renaissance man and world citizen who created the foundations for the civil rights movement, played a leading role in the international anti-colonial freedom struggle, or anti-fascist…