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The Russian President Backtracks
The Russian President Backtracks
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Putin Dumps Doping Scandal Officials, Unexpectedly

Vladimir Putin rarely acts under pressure, and is loath to discipline loyal underlings. Yet with the Russian doping subversion scandal blowing up, he has done both.

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Asia's Game of Thrones

Time will tell if this strategy will backfire, generating more pushback from potential allies like South Korea.

Not Dead Yet

But this weekend’s protests, impressive as they were, are a long way from constituting a lasting threat to Putin’s power.

Crude Economics

OPEC and co. hardly have a choice in the matter.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China is moving closer to replacing the United States as a key Pakistani ally.

The Future

Here’s some fodder for your next dinner party.

Psy-ops

Hint: It involves leaflets, psy-ops, and calls from Mom.

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