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How Putin Became President

The 1999 Russian apartment bombings were the greatest political provocation since the burning of the Reichstag.

Countering Putin
Russia Needs to Learn the Value of Human Life

The MH17 tragedy is the latest sign among many that the Putin regime views individual human lives as expendable. It is up to the West to make clear to Russia that such actions will exclude it from the civilized world.

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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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