Welcome to Irrussianality! This blog focuses on two subjects: the relationship between Russia and the West; and the apparently irrational decision making processes which dominate much of international relations (IR). The two are, of course, connected: relations between Russia and the West are marred by prejudice, misunderstanding, and misperceptions. I hope through this blog to contribute in some small way to rational foreign policy.

I am a professor at the University of Ottawa. I write about Russian and Soviet history, military history, and military ethics. Links to my books are available in the ‘Books’ menu.

Paul Robinson


21 thoughts on “About”

    1. Since when a different opinion has become propaganda? Could it be possible to admit that some perm readers have fallen into a propaganda trap themselves?

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  1. Well put, Mr PermReader (is that really your name?). I wish I had your way with words. Tell me, do you have some automatic keystroke for “Putin’s propaganda” or do you have to type it out by hand hundreds of times a day?

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  2. Is there actually a blog here or is it the OP-ED from the Spectator?

    I would like to see something about the parallels between the non Great Russian Slavs and Jews who fled Nicholas 1 and the potato famine. Both seem to have controlled the narrative in the British colonies ever since (inc USA as such). Geopolitics is rubbish. G Bush Senior was right. Votes aren’t rubbish.


  3. Hello, Paul. I’ve actually been lurking around your blog for a while but it struck me that I hadn’t yet directly expressed my gratitude for your analyses of Russia. As a person still finding her way in Russian Area studies, I am deeply appreciative of your ability to cover Russia in a largely objective manner.


  4. thank you for this blog, to which I was referred by the blog “Naked Capitalism.” I’m just an ordinary US citizen of no importance; however, I’ve known the media discussion of the Russian Federation was biased and inaccurate (though I don’t seem to be able to tell more affluent/
    credentialed friends why this is so – they believe CNN). And maybe it’s because I’ve watched interviews on RT (horrors!) of journalists whose views the US major media won’t allow to be broadcast.


  5. I follow this blog with interest. Along the lines of a saner understanding of Russia, have you read Return to Moscow? The author is Tony Kevin, a former Aus diplomat comparing Cold War and contemporary visits to the country – with plenty of interesting divertimenti along the way. https://www.amazon.ca/Return-Moscow-Tony-Kevin/dp/1742589294?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1742589294


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