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Vladimir Putin, Master of Suspense

How Russia’s leader has played a weak hand to its fullest, and why the West always seems to be playing catch-up.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 13
The Kremlin’s Triad as the Means of Survival

The West needs to understand that the Russian System is willing to fight for its survival, and that this fight could take many different forms.

How Russia Misjudged the West Part 12
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What Minsk Means

Russia and the West offer a hybrid solution to hybrid war.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 11
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The Sanctions on Russia: How Hard Do They Bite?

One thing is certain: Russia is feeling some pain, and the Kremlin seems to understand that the pain could be worse.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 10
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The Exit Solution?

The pragmatists’ proposals to resolve the Ukraine crisis sell out vital principles and values for short-term gains.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 9
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Is the Time of the Russlandversteher Over?

Whether it likes it or not, Germany will play a key role in shaping the Western response to the Global Illiberalism.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 8
Looking for Explanations—or Justification?

Are there really any justifications for the annexation of Crimea and armed intervention in Ukraine?

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 7
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The Pragmatists Turn to Geopolitics

How the pragmatists interpret the crisis over Ukraine.

A Grim Anniversary
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The Assassination of Boris Nemtsov—One Year Later

The brazen murder and its subsequent investigation demonstrate the nature and fragility of the Russian political regime.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 6
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The Western Pragmatists Explain Russia

By the end of 2014 the pragmatists recognized that their narratives needed revising, but they still couldn’t recognize the sources of Russia’s deep domestic decay.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

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