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Kirk Bennett
2017 and Beyond
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The Myth of a U.S.-Russian Global Agenda

Most items on notional agendas for U.S.-Russia cooperation are irrelevant or impossible to achieve, regardless of the tenor of the bilateral relationship.

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How Did It Come to This?

Four roots of the current crisis in Western relations with Russia.

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
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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.

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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 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.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

The Shale Rebound

Texas’s Permian Basin has been called “the crown jewel of the world’s oil and gas industry.”

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