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Anti Brexit campaigner Steve Bray holds up a banner outside Parliament

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Britain Is Botching This Cold War Just Like the Last One

| July 29, 2020

Calder Walton recounts the history of World War II which shows that Britain and the United States were in a Cold War with the Soviet Union before they knew it. The same is true today: Britain and the United States are in a Cold War with Russia whether policymakers in London and Washington like it or not.

bleached radiation warning sign

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The Deadly Fallout of Disinformation

| July 08, 2020

Calder Walton writes that autocratic regimes — China, Russia and Iran — have been using social media to try to influence U.S. public opinion. History reveals how and why a one-party regime used disinformation to salvage its reputation following a disaster — the Soviet Union's 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, whose history also reveals how such disinformation can be countered.

Edinburgh Castle

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Analysis & Opinions - The Cipher Brief

Bodyguard of Lies: British Intelligence and D-Day

| June 06, 2019

On the anniversary of  the Allied Forces invasion of Normandy, Calder Walton recounts an extraordinary story about intelligence, war, and D-Day. The British and Americans devised an entire false army in southern England, made of inflatable tanks and balsa-wood, to convince the German high command that the real Allied invasion was coming to Calais, not Normandy. The deception plan worked perfectly—and saved Allied lives on the beaches of Normandy.

Police officers wear protective suits inside the fence of "Ashley Wood Recovery"

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Russia Has a Long History of Eliminating 'Enemies of the State'

| Mar. 13, 2018

Cold War histories tend to discuss KGB covert action — including assassinations — in passing, if at all. My research on intelligence and Cold War superpowers, drawing on previously classified KGB material, reveals the importance that successive Soviet leaders attached to 'liquidating' traitors.