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Putin on a show?
Putin on a show?
Russian Rustbuckets Expose Putin’s Weak Hand In Syria

Russia’s advantage in Syria is a matter of political will, not technical capability.

Putin on a show?
Calling in the Talent

Vladimir Putin calls an economic reformer back in from the cold. Does Russia’s consummate acrobat of power have another somersault in mind?

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Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.


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.


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.

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