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Russia and the West
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Fake Words

How familiar-sounding words and outmoded habits of mind mislead Russian-Western relations.

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How Did It Come to This?

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

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Putinalia as Deceit and Self-Deceit

Putinalia—the study of Vladimir Putin—can be exciting, and it can be useful…sometimes. But if one hopes to understand Russia, one has to look much deeper.

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Losing America’s Voice—and More

Moscow lost the Cold War. Will Vladimir Putin win the peace?

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U.S. Ends Silent Treatment With Moscow

Soon after formally suspending talks, John Kerry rushes to negotiate with Russia on Syria.

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No Bailouts for Putin

Western governments should block private business from helping to finance Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria.

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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 Hollow Men

Far from formidable, Vladimir Putin and those around him in the Kremlin have made themselves prisoners of the past.

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Condemned to Frustration

What Russia wants, the West simply cannot deliver.

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Why Putin’s Turkey Sanctions Will Boomerang

Moscow’s predictable tactics becomes less effective with each use.

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Enviro-Mental

Time to unpack the irony.

Aramco IPO

Beijing is ready to invest in Saudi Aramco.

Venezuela seems headed for a boiling point while Maduro doubles down on Chavismo

Keeping Up With Medvedev

Now that Dmitry Medvedev knows beyond a reasonable doubt that he is being attacked, he will ruthlessly clean house when he gets his hands on the throne. And his enemies know he knows who they are.

Game of Thrones

Japan’s rise, and the reactions it provokes in capitals across the Pacific Rim is one of the key dynamics to watch as the Trump Administration gets its own footing in the region.

Higher Education Watch

The California State Auditor has delivered a damning assessment of the management practices at the single largest university system in the United States.

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