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Xi’s Purges Face Popular Backlash

Even if they had proven popular, the purges were a high-risk proposition from the start.

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EU Free-Rides on NATO, Russia’s Heart Belongs to Vladdy

A new survey by Pew shows that Vladimir Putin has little to fear from public opinion, both in Russia and in Europe.

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The “Nones” and the “Buts”

The use of the category of “Nones” in surveys pertaining to religion should be replaced with “Buts”—that is a category for those who will say something like “I am Catholic, but…” The results of such surveys would be much more enlightening.

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Ukrainians Want to Stay Together

Ukrainians do not want Ukraine to be partitioned, and almost two thirds of the population find a neutral stance between Russia and the EU at least tolerable. Western policymakers most keen on making the crisis with Russia just go away should study these numbers closely.

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Crimeans Love Russia, and Eastern Ukrainians Worry About The Upcoming Elections

Pew’s latest survey has a lot of good data on Ukraine. Here are two troubling data points that jumped out at us.

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WRM in the WSJ

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

Infowar

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.

Recessional

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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