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Harper's Magazine - The Tragedy of Volodymyr Zelensky

By Michael C. Desch

In December 2022, Time magazine named the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky its Person of the Year. The reasons seemed obvious: When Russia invaded in February of that year, few thought that Ukraine would survive more than a week, or that its president would remain at his post in Kyiv. But Zelensky, who had been a comedian and actor before his unlikely landslide election victory in 2019, defied Russian airstrikes and mobilized his countrymen, rebuffing Western offers of evacuation: “I need ammunition, not a ride.” His unexpected courage helped to rally Ukrainian forces against Russia’s northern thrust. He also reminded many of the two-time Man of the Year—in 1940 and 1949—Winston Churchill.

The Japan Times - China’s gallium curbs to have limited impact on U.S. defense

U.S. defense demand, however, accounts for only a fraction of the country’s total demand for these two minerals. This means that if Washington chose to prioritize defense uses of the minerals, “it would likely find enough non-Chinese material to continue defense production,” Eugene Gholz stressed.

Newswise - Notre Dame Professor Says U.S. Military Presence in Strait of Hormuz Should be Handled With Prudence

Eugene Gholz, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame and an expert on the Strait of Hormuz, previously served as a senior advisor at the Pentagon. Gholz can comment in regard to the deployment of U.S. troops to deter Iran from seizing ships in the Strait of Hormuz. 

Responsible Statecraft - Leading medical journals call for abolition of nuclear weapons

“Nuclear weapons took great power war off the agenda of international politics,” Michael Desch of the University of Notre Dame told Responsible Statecraft earlier this year. And, as Desch noted, the total number of nuclear weapons has dropped dramatically from its high of 65,000 warheads in the mid-1980s.

US expected to get around China’s export controls on gallium, an essential component for American military radar tech

[Radar] systems rely on gallium nitride (GaN) technology to support their antennas and other essential components that are difficult to substitute.


Eugene Gholz, an associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in the US, said Beijing was in part aiming to disrupt the defence supply chain by countering the semiconductor export control...