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Realism vs. Reality
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The Implications of Russia’s Mafia State

Modern Russia, the Obama Administration seems to think, is a fairly normal autocracy with which one can ultimately cooperate on occasion. But reality has never quite fit this “realist” reading of Russia.

Petrostate Politics
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“Witnesses of Higher Oil Prices”

Is there more than messianic delusion to the Kremlin’s confidence that oil prices will rebound soon? And could Vladimir Putin’s Syria adventure have something to do with it?

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Domestic Costs Are Rising for Mr. Putin

Just how fragile is Vladimir Putin’s support? As far as war in Ukraine goes, it’s a lot more fragile than most outside observers think.

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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.

Rebuilding America

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

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