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Andrew Wood
Russia's Past and Future
Russia in Wonderland

Putin—along with many Russians—continues to chase fantasies of Russia’s past glory, at the expense of his country’s future.

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The Hollow Men

Far from formidable, Vladimir Putin and those around him in the Kremlin have made themselves prisoners of the past.

Term Limits
What Comes Next in Russia?

Change is coming to the Kremlin, sooner or later. The West should consider the implications.

Political Decay
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Real Putinism

The Russian state as it is today is more akin to the world as it was in the beginning: without form, and void.

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After Putin

Putin’s poll numbers may be sky high now, but not even he and his inner circle believe they will stay that way for long.

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The Putin Era and the Narrowing of Russia’s Horizons

How is it that Russia looped away from the Soviet matrix in the late 1980s, only to recreate so much of it between 1991 and now? The conclusion of a two-part essay. Read part one here.

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Reflections on the Closing of the Russian Mind

How is it that Russia looped away from the Soviet matrix in the late 1980s, only to recreate so much of it between 1991 and now? The first of a two-part essay.

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Slobodan Putin

In word and even in deed, Vladimir Putin is acting a lot like Slobodan Milosevic in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It seems to be working for Putin. But then again, for a time it seemed to be working for Milosevic as well.

Putin's Ugly Demagoguery
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Crying “Fascist” on Ukraine

The Russian media and Russian politicians claim it is their duty to confront Ukraine’s “fascism.” What does that emotionally charged label really mean? And who has the right to hang it on whom?

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The Lessons of Kiev

The seismic shift in Ukraine was achieved by its people—not by outside forces, and not by its politicians.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
WRM in the WSJ

Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.

Infowar

Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

Horn of Africa

…and that may not be such a bad thing.

The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.

Recessional

Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

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