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July 9, 2008 | Madeleine K. Albright and William J. Perry, Madeleine K. Albright served as secretary of State and William J. Perry served as secretary of Defense under President Clinton. Albright is now a principal of the Albright Group. Perry is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and co-director of the Preventive Defense Project.
This week's Group of 8 meeting in Japan raises some important questions about Sen. John McCain's approach to the art of diplomacy. McCain has suggested that Russia be kicked out of the G-8 because of its government's retreat from democracy in recent years. This is the kind of proposal one might expect from a party candidate seeking to differentiate himself from the policies of an unpopular predecessor. It is not, however, a good idea.
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September 26, 1992 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Who would have thought 10 years ago that RAND, a leading player in the Cold War game of mutually assured destruction, would one day announce a cooperative agreement with Moscow? Not Alexander N. Shokhin, Russia's deputy prime minister, who signed the document Friday at the think tank where planners once helped the Air Force work out tactics and strategy for nuclear war with the Soviet Union. "RAND was, in the Brezhnev era of stagnation, our enemy, the enemy of Soviet society," he said.
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