How familiar-sounding words and outmoded habits of mind mislead Russian-Western relations.
Russia in Wonderland
Putin—along with many Russians—continues to chase fantasies of Russia’s past glory, at the expense of his country’s future.
The Hollow Men
Far from formidable, Vladimir Putin and those around him in the Kremlin have made themselves prisoners of the past.
The Russian state as it is today is more akin to the world as it was in the beginning: without form, and void.
Putin’s poll numbers may be sky high now, but not even he and his inner circle believe they will stay that way for long.
In word and even in deed, Vladimir Putin is acting a lot like Slobodan Milosevic in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It seems to be working for Putin. But then again, for a time it seemed to be working for Milosevic as well.
Crying “Fascist” on Ukraine
The Russian media and Russian politicians claim it is their duty to confront Ukraine’s “fascism.” What does that emotionally charged label really mean? And who has the right to hang it on whom?