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Realism vs. Reality
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The Implications of Russia’s Mafia State

Modern Russia, the Obama Administration seems to think, is a fairly normal autocracy with which one can ultimately cooperate on occasion. But reality has never quite fit this “realist” reading of Russia.

Petrostate Politics
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“Witnesses of Higher Oil Prices”

Is there more than messianic delusion to the Kremlin’s confidence that oil prices will rebound soon? And could Vladimir Putin’s Syria adventure have something to do with it?

Public Opinions
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Domestic Costs Are Rising for Mr. Putin

Just how fragile is Vladimir Putin’s support? As far as war in Ukraine goes, it’s a lot more fragile than most outside observers think.

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Terror in the Philippines

The Philippine president cut short his Russia trip to deal with a terrorist outbreak at home.

The Nork's Nukes

As North Korea’s missile progress proceeds apace, the U.S. is coming ever closer to a binary choice: war with North Korea or acceptance of its deterrent.

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A state-run insurance system would cost more than California spends on all other public services—education, police, pensions, and more—combined.

Energy Innovation

How close are renewables to a shale-like boom?

Department of Can-Kicking

So much for a breakthrough.

The Noose Tightens

As Putin heads to meet French President Emanuel Macron next week, his security services are interrogating a celebrated Cannes-winning director in Moscow.

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