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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December 8, 2021
Americans Need a Conspiracy Theory They Can All Agree on

A deeply divided country: there is no common conversation in the United States today – one person’s conspiracy theory is another’s truth.

November 20, 2021
Mackindergarten Lesson

The Heartland plus population plus production plus sea power: that’s the end of the “Columbian Age”.

November 4, 2021
The Russian Way in Warfare – The Brusilov Offensive

There are several points of difference between this attack and the British one which deserve notice and give us a perception of “a Russian way in warfare,” Patrick Armstrong writes.

October 15, 2021
Colour Revolutions Fade Away

The day of “colour revolution” seems to be running out. The mechanics are noticed and countered, Patrick Armstrong writes.

September 24, 2021
Rome Fell and It’s Probably Your Fault

Next time you read someone pontificating that the Roman Empire fell because it did something he doesn’t approve of, just smile.

September 1, 2021
Afghanistan: Same, Same; Again, Again

The difference between the U.S. performances in Vietnam and Afghanistan is that in the first, the vehicles were painted green and in the second, sand.

August 20, 2021
What to Do? – The European Dilemma

Aim for genuine independence: preserve the thought of a united Europe becoming an independent force in the world, Patrick Armstrong writes.

August 8, 2021
Can They Learn? Another US Wargame Defeat

The war game turned out to be a rather accurate predictor of the future

August 4, 2021
Ukraine and the Long Game

There are very good reasons why Moscow has learned that it’s better to be patient, Patrick Armstrong writes.

July 24, 2021
Projection and Deflection: Russia’s Infrastructure

When you see a Western piece saying that Russia is deficient in this or that, it’s wise to see it as just a projection of the West’s shortcomings.