The Hollow Men
Far from formidable, Vladimir Putin and those around him in the Kremlin have made themselves prisoners of the past.
The Russian state as it is today is more akin to the world as it was in the beginning: without form, and void.
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.
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.
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?
The Lessons of Kiev
The seismic shift in Ukraine was achieved by its people—not by outside forces, and not by its politicians.
Putin has thoroughly insulated himself from the sorts of forces rattling Yanukovych in Ukraine these days. But as he watches events unfold, he has to feel a little insecure.