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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.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 5
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Peaceful Coexistence, Round Two

Dissecting the Kremlin’s search for a modus vivendi with the West, as well as its attempt to pivot to China.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 4
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Mad about Medvedev

How Western Russia experts fell for “Medvedev the reformer,” and why many of them buy into the Kremlin’s “humiliation” narrative.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 3
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Shades of Pragmatism

Western analysts have failed to understand Russia for many of the same reasons they failed to understand the Soviet Union: a rejection of normative criteria.

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The Pragmatists

The ironies of the pragmatists’ approach to US-Russian relations.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 1
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What Do the Normativists Stand For?

How do Russia and the West see one another? What are the experts’ views on the confrontation between Russia and the West? How do the pundits explain the Russo-Ukrainian war and Russia’s Syrian gambit? What are the roots of the mythology about Russia in the West, and why has the West failed to predict and understand Russia’s trajectory? These questions and more will be discussed in this essay and in the series to follow.

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Deadlock

Russian recklessness is aimed at coercing the West into accepting a grand bargain on the Kremlin’s terms. But whether it accepts or rejects this bargain, the West (and Russia) will pay a heavy price.

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The End of an Epoch

The third act of Russia’s civilizational drama is near. The price Russia and the outside world will pay for the end of the former’s system will be much higher than they paid for the Soviet Union’s demise.

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Russia’s Love Affair with Germany

Germany has historically been closely intertwined with Russia, and in recent years Germans have been intimately involved in helping Russia’s personalized power system to survive. But all that may now be changing.

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Bad Romance

The Russia-China partnership poses more problems for Moscow than it does for the West.

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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.

Frack Baby Frack

A newly energized shale industry is once again pushing U.S. oil production near the 9 million barrels per day mark.

governance

… covered very differently by the New York Times.

MSM watch

The purpose of a pension fund is to invest money and turn a profit for pensioners, right?

Higher Education Watch

GOP legislators are beclowning themselves by proposing utterly unworkable solutions that infringe on academic freedom and in any case would make things far worse.

Asia's Game of Thrones

On behalf of ASEAN, the Philippines has issued a rare expression of unanimous concern over China’s actions in the South China Sea.

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