Four roots of the current crisis in Western relations with Russia.
Some think the West has a Russia problem, not a Putin problem. The truth is it probably has both.
Changing demography and imperial ambitions in the near abroad may be too much for Moscow.
Putin’s plan seems to be to sit tight and await a hike in oil prices—but long periods of stagnation haven’t gone well for Moscow in the past.
It’s not as hopeless a proposition as you might think.
In all areas of human endeavor, perhaps, save one.
What Russia wants, the West simply cannot deliver.
The latest in medical technology is powerless to cure the creeping Ukraine Fatigue besetting some Western capitals. Only Kyiv can do something about it.
Has the West always had it in for Russia? Hardly.
If America really wanted to destroy Russia, it could do no better than tell it to keep doing exactly what it’s doing.
Tribalism on one side strengthens tribalism on the other.
Austria’s far-right Freedom Party suffered a defeat at the polls on Sunday. But the country’s next parliamentary could come sooner than most expect, offering the populists another chance.
A “No” vote many thought would strike a serious blow against the EU may have been more of a stay of execution. But that does not mean any of Europe’s underlying problems have gone away.
Many of the nation’s top military brass have Putin on their minds when looking at the 2018 defense budget.
The outcome of the election made the public more supportive of America’s idiosyncratic election system overall.
Yet more proof that the only way to assure good treatment for refugees is to do everything to prevent their displacement in the first place.