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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 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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illiberalism

Tribalism on one side strengthens tribalism on the other.

A Setback?

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.

Europe's Mess

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.

Budget Battles

Many of the nation’s top military brass have Putin on their minds when looking at the 2018 defense budget.

democracy and its discontents

The outcome of the election made the public more supportive of America’s idiosyncratic election system overall.

Consequences

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.

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