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Kirk Bennett
A Putin Problem or a Russia Problem?
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The Perils of Putin’s ‘Manual Controls’

Some think the West has a Russia problem, not a Putin problem. The truth is it probably has both.

Putin's Power Plays
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Will Russia Overextend Itself?

Changing demography and imperial ambitions in the near abroad may be too much for Moscow.

Russian Economy
Is Putin’s Russia Headed for a Systemic Collapse?

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.

Russia and the West
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Can NATO Defend the Baltics?

It’s not as hopeless a proposition as you might think.

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The Greatness of Russia

In all areas of human endeavor, perhaps, save one.

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Condemned to Frustration

What Russia wants, the West simply cannot deliver.

Ukraine's Bumpy Road
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Of Syria, Dead Donbas Commanders, and Ukraine Fatigue

The latest in medical technology is powerless to cure the creeping Ukraine Fatigue besetting some Western capitals. Only Kyiv can do something about it.

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The Myth of Russia’s Containment

Has the West always had it in for Russia? Hardly.

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The Secret Plot to Destroy Russia

If America really wanted to destroy Russia, it could do no better than tell it to keep doing exactly what it’s doing.

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The Failures of Putin’s Ukraine Strategy

Russia is trapped in an unsatisfying holding pattern, hoping for oil prices to recover, for the West to fragment and for Ukraine to implode.

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Asia's Game of Thrones

As Duterte continues to slam the U.S. and look to China, Japan is caught in an awkward position.


By snubbing nuclear power, Berlin has consigned itself to decades of coal dependence.

The European Immigration Crisis

There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

Miracles Can Happen

It’s probably not a model for the country (as some analysts would have it), but it shows that compromise is possible when all parties involved are committed to finding a practical solution.

Putin on a show?

Russia’s advantage in Syria is a matter of political will, not technical capability.

Higher Education Watch

Colleges make resident assistants “mandatory reporters” for potential Title IX violations.

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