Michael O'Dwyer Connolly

All posts by Michael O'Dwyer Connolly

Long-time geopolitics and history enthusiast.

Why Russia’s Election Matters

Many Western pundits these days like to ask the question: do Russia’s elections actually matter? After all, the incumbent Vladimir Putin is virtually guaranteed to win. The short answer to this question is yes. However short answers are boring, and...

Crimes Against the Commuter: Troubled Trains and Befuddled Buses

Photo Credit: Ciaran Cooney - eiretrains.com Effective public transport – something that all of us, irrespective of our ideological positions, should be able to agree that every modern country needs. Public transport is absolutely integral to the daily running of...

The Death and Rebirth of the Russian Economy

In the years before its collapse, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics had an underdeveloped and horrifically mismanaged economy. The Russian Federation inherited the vast majority of this mess in 1991. With the collapse of the USSR, many well-to-do figures...