Kursk: How Russia’s Costliest Submarine Disaster Unfolded

Kursk: How Russia’s Costliest Submarine Disaster Unfolded

In 1999, a Russian submarine designed to sink aircraft carriers became a victim of its own arsenal. The cruise-missile submarine Kursk suffered a catastrophic explosion and sank after an onboard torpedo accidentally detonated. The accident was the worst naval disaster suffered by post–Cold War Russia. The Soviet Union’s greatest adversaries at sea were the aircraft carriers of the…

India’s Crackdown in Kashmir: Is This the World’s First Mass Blinding?

India’s Crackdown in Kashmir: Is This the World’s First Mass Blinding?

For the past month, while the attention of the world has been fixed on every dramatic twist in the US presidential election, the renewal of armed conflict between India and Pakistan has barely touched the headlines. In the past few weeks, the two nuclear states have, between them, killed two dozen civilians and injured scores…