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2017 and Beyond
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The US and Russia—What’s the Big Deal?

Actually, there probably won’t be one.

2017 and Beyond
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The Myth of a U.S.-Russian Global Agenda

Most items on notional agendas for U.S.-Russia cooperation are irrelevant or impossible to achieve, regardless of the tenor of the bilateral relationship.

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How Did It Come to This?

Four roots of the current crisis in Western relations with Russia.

A Putin Problem or a Russia Problem?
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The Perils of Putin’s ‘Manual Controls’

Some think the West has a Russia problem, not a Putin problem. The truth is it probably has both.

Putin's Power Plays
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Will Russia Overextend Itself?

Changing demography and imperial ambitions in the near abroad may be too much for Moscow.

Russian Economy
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Is Putin’s Russia Headed for a Systemic Collapse?

Putin’s plan seems to be to sit tight and await a hike in oil prices—but long periods of stagnation haven’t gone well for Moscow in the past.

Russia and the West
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Can NATO Defend the Baltics?

It’s not as hopeless a proposition as you might think.

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The Greatness of Russia

In all areas of human endeavor, perhaps, save one.

Russia and the West
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Condemned to Frustration

What Russia wants, the West simply cannot deliver.

Ukraine's Bumpy Road
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Of Syria, Dead Donbas Commanders, and Ukraine Fatigue

The latest in medical technology is powerless to cure the creeping Ukraine Fatigue besetting some Western capitals. Only Kyiv can do something about it.

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Higher Education Watch

University administrations have leaned too far over their skis in an effort to win more guilty findings.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Don’t expect a tough line on Beijing to come out of this year’s summit.

Gazproblems

Warsaw just purchased its first cargoes of American LNG.

Mixed Messages

Trump’s latest outburst on THAAD and trade will hardly help shore up U.S.-South Korean relations.

Crude Economics

Today’s glut could lead to tomorrow’s supply shock.

The Art of the Deal

So far, it’s grandstanding and placebo politics disguising a more moderate agenda.

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