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Potemkin Village Foreign Policy

Russia announced it would participate in joint naval drills with China in 2016 in the South China Sea. The announcement makes for great headlines, but there’s less than meets the eye here.

Why The Kremlin Has To Keep Lying

As the Kremlin fights to keep the issue of Russian soldiers dying on the battlefields of Ukraine a secret at home, it’s resorting to increasingly authoritarian methods.

Russia Refuses to Cut Defense Amidst Budget Crisis

Putin has his priorities straight in his head.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
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.

Putin on a show?

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

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