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About Dagny Dukach
I studied Chinese and Russian language & history at the University of Chicago and am interested in the intersection of international relations and transportation technology. I've worked with a variety of global communications and international affairs organizations, and I currently lead marketing and international communications with Terrafugia, the flying car company.

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This user has submitted 60 translations to Watching America.

What Is the Point of the UN’s Existence?

May 14, 2018 // Argumenty i Fakty - Russia - Russian

Russia is unable to agree with the United States and its allies about almost anything at the United Nations Security Council. Each side persists in vetoing resolutions proposed by the other. Does this mean that the U.N. has outlived its usefulness and that there’s no longer any point in its existence? [Read more]

Why Has the NATO System Become Useless?

March 19, 2018 // Argumenty i Fakty - Russia - Russian

<i>The president has stated that in every area that matters, Russia will always be one step ahead. How is the West reacting to the demonstration of Russia’s latest weapons, and did they understand Putin’s main message?</i> I would have liked to see the faces of the leaders of NATO, the Pentagon and the Western [Read more]

What Do We Lose from the UN Reforms?

October 7, 2017 // Argumenti i Fakti - Russia - Russian

Right now, the so-called “Big Seven,” the Group of Seven leading industrial nations, the club of great powers from which Russia was excluded in 2014, wields a whole lot more power in international relations than does the expensive toy that is the U.N. [Read more]

Trump First, or America First?

August 31, 2017 // Huanqiu - China - Chinese

China must plan for the worst. If we are prepared for the worst, we’ll have nothing to fear, no matter what happens. This isn’t alarmist; this is something that very well could happen. In a world where “Trump First” exists, anything is possible. [Read more]

China: America’s Strategic Enemy

July 26, 2016 // Argumenti i Fakti - Russia - Russian

<i>In a column for Argumenti i Facti, political analyst Sergei Markov suggests that because the two countries view one another as rivals for power, relations between the U.S. and China will continue to worsen.</i> On Wednesday, China issued a harsh statement regarding Washington’s position on the South China Sea [Read more]

The US Will Not Tolerate a Second Rule-Breaker

February 7, 2016 // Vzglyad - Russia - Russian

The new year marks a new phase of relations between Russia and the West. Between the media’s widespread coverage of the Litvinenko affair and recent corruption charges against Vladimir Putin, it is becoming clearer and clearer that these waves of information are not accidental. While reports on the Litvinenko [Read more]

Russia Will React

December 28, 2014 // Aktualnie Kommentarii - Russia - Russian

<i>The Duma might consider the possibility of placing Russian military equipment in the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.</i> Franz Klintsevich, deputy head of the Duma’s Defense Committee, spoke about this move on Sunday in response to a statement by U.S. President Barack Obama about the fact that [Read more]

The Asymmetric Perception of Information

September 1, 2014 // Vzglyad - Russia - Russian

In light of the recent onslaught of American and pro-American accusations that blame Russia for all of Ukraine’s woes, the situation in Ferguson — a suburb of St. Louis, where on August 9, 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown was killed by a white policeman — has become increasingly resonant over the last [Read more]

The Victims of Trayvongate

April 8, 2012 // Kommersant - Russia - Russian

The murder of Trayvon Martin, at first hardly noticed by anyone, is now perceived in the United States as a national catastrophe. As is traditional, politicians are using this great scandal in the time of a presidential campaign. [Read more]

The “Restart” in Relations Between Russia and the US

May 21, 2012 // Ria Novosti - Russia - Russian

Russian-American relations under Putin’s third term were off to an exciting start. The president of Russia informed his American colleague that he wouldn’t be coming to the G-8 Summit at Camp David, because he was very busy. In response, those surrounding Barack Obama have begun to question whether it is necessary [Read more]

Giving up Jackson-Vanik

November 25, 2012 // Aktualnye Kommentarii - Russia - Russian

The U.S. House of Representatives has repealed the Jackson-Vanik amendment, but has adopted in its place the “Magnitsky List.” The Senate vote could take place by the end of November, and Obama could approve the bill before the end of this year. It was mentioned previously that the Jackson-Vanik amendment, which [Read more]

The Impact of Sandy on America’s Electoral Landscape

November 6, 2012 // RIA Novosti - Russia - Russian

As of yet, the actions of the leader of the White House have not incited the complaints of his fellow countrymen. Moreover, even the Republicans are admitting that the president is doing everything right. Obama has put aside his presidential campaign and declared it a top priority to ensure the safety of the nation’s residents and minimize the negative effects of the hurricane. [Read more]

The Russian-American Pause: To Harm Nothing

June 5, 2012 // RIA Novosti - Russia - Russian

Mitt Romney has formally won the votes necessary to become a U.S. presidential candidate at the Republican Convention this August. It was clear even earlier that he would be nominated, but the Texas primaries made it official. Now preparations begin for the final leap: the actual presidential campaign this fall. [Read more]

Human Rights Activists Are Pushing US Away from Russia

February 8, 2013 // Kommersant - Russia - Russian

The human rights organization Freedom House has advised the White House to abandon “reset” policies and change the tone of its interactions with Russia. Freedom House experts believe the course being taken by Vladimir Putin is proof of his definitive refusal to enact liberal reforms. According to the activists, [Read more]

American Media Exaggerates Russian-US Conflicts

January 20, 2013 // Itar-Tass - Russia - Russian

The White House sees no reason for the media to publish exaggerations of the difficulties in relations between Russia and the United States. U.S. Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated this message last Tuesday, in response to a question on the topic posed by an Itar-Tass correspondent at a regular press [Read more]

The Declaration of Hatred

March 29, 2013 // Kommersant - Russia - Russian

“Why do I hate America?” the typical Russian citizen asks. “Because they, the bastards, live better than us! We hate America because of our own impotence. She won’t speak to us as equals!” [Read more]

"Argo's" Oscar Win Is Wedded to Politics

March 4, 2013 // Sohu - China - Chinese

Having swept up several awards at the Golden Globes, “Argo” aspired to the Oscar for best picture of the year. Lead actor and director Ben Affleck’s opus has caught everyone’s attention. The movie’s plot is not complicated. To summarize it in a sentence, the movie tells the story of how the CIA used a fake [Read more]

The Majority of Russians Believe Snowden Is a Hero

August 19, 2013 // Itar-Tass - Russia - Russian

Edward Snowden’s act of making information regarding the complete surveillance by American intelligence services of Internet users public is viewed by Russians as the desire to open the world’s eyes to the truth. This view is held by 52 percent of Russians surveyed, and about a quarter of these — 26 percent — [Read more]

China and America's Innate Goal: Avoiding War Forever

August 5, 2013 // Huanqiu - China - Chinese

China and the U.S. are currently constructing a new kind of relationship between major powers, with several aims. One intrinsic aim is especially worthy of attention, namely that China and the U.S. will not go to war today, nor in the future, and will forever maintain a peaceful association. The Chinese and American [Read more]

Snowden Has Put Russia in a Stalemate

July 14, 2013 // Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

<i>Why there is no good choice for Moscow in the story of the American fugitive.</i> The Edward Snowden affair has put Russia in an uncomfortable situation. Perhaps Putin meant it when he said in Helsinki that he’d rather not deal with such matters. Thanks to information provided to the press by Snowden, it became [Read more]

In Flexing Its Muscles, US Is Playing with Fire

September 10, 2013 // Liberation Daily - China - Chinese

America’s attitude of suspicion with regard to chemical weapons in Syria has hardened more and more with each day. On Aug. 27, an American high official claimed that Aug. 29 was the earliest possible date when the U.S. government would consider launching a military strike against Syria. A United Nations [Read more]

We Won’t Be Apes

May 12, 2014 // Kommersant - Russia - Russian

Lavrov concluded his Latin American tour with visits to Chile and Peru. Before that, he inspected the positions of Russia’s allies, Cuba and Nicaragua. Havana and Managua share Moscow’s position on Crimea, and as such, they vetoed the United Nations General Assembly resolution on the territorial integrity of [Read more]