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Survival in the Trumpian World

The popular belief that it was the Kremlin’s dream to see Trump in the White House is, at best, an exaggeration.

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Putinalia as Deceit and Self-Deceit

Putinalia—the study of Vladimir Putin—can be exciting, and it can be useful…sometimes. But if one hopes to understand Russia, one has to look much deeper.

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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
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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
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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.

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France 2017

The unpredictable French presidential election has taken a new turn in favor of independent candidate Emmanuel Macron.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China has almost finished building structures intended to host surface-to-air missiles on its artificial islands in the South China Sea.

Higher Education Watch

The campaign for more intellectual diversity in higher education just got an eloquent and influential new champion.

Survey Says

But do shifting American attitudes portend a lasting realignment?

the future of retirement

Our elites don’t feel a sense of urgency about entirely predictable problems that threaten to devastate the middle class.

Trump Ties

Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch with ties to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, could soon face extradition to the U.S. on bribery charges.

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