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Raymond Sontag
The Many Masks of Modern Russia

Peter Pomerantsev’s years as a TV producer in Moscow gave him a keen appreciation of the dizzying, disorienting realities of postmodern Russia.

The View From Washington
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Putin’s Gamble

In today’s televised speech, Vladimir Putin reassured Russians that everything was going to be just fine. It’s hard to know if he believes this or if he’s bluffing, but either way, striking this tone is a huge gamble for him personally.

Playing With Pandora's Box
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Putin’s Nationalist Gamble

In justifying his intervention in Crimea with a duty to defend Russians abroad, Putin is fueling the destructive fire of nationalism. It could be Russia’s undoing.

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The End of Magical Thinking?

Many in the West see “balance of power” and “spheres of influence” as antiquated and less-than-legitimate concepts and therefore largely ignore them. It’s time to ditch that conceit.

The Problem with the Magnitsky Bill

Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization has created a quandary for Congress. On the one hand, members want to respect WTO rules and allow free trade with Russia, thereby further integrating that country into the world economy. On the other hand, many in the policymaking community have concerns over the Russian government’s human-rights record […]

Divided Russia

In Moscow this Saturday thousands of people marched against fraudulent elections and the Putin regime’s general abuse of power. This was the third such mass protest since the December 4 parliamentary elections, in which Vladimir Putin’s previously dominant United Russia party failed to get more than 50 percent of the vote despite widespread fraud in […]

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Xi who must be obeyed

The Chinese President’s new status as “core” leader will strengthen his hand, but rifts remain within the Party.

Deal or No Deal

The answer isn’t straightforward, and it’s likely to be decided by our next president.

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.

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