Russia's Past and Future
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.

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Russia and the West
The Hollow Men

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

Term Limits
What Comes Next in Russia?

Change is coming to the Kremlin, sooner or later. The West should consider the implications.

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Political Decay
Real Putinism

The Russian state as it is today is more akin to the world as it was in the beginning: without form, and void.

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Russia and the West
After Putin

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.

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Russia and the West
The Putin Era and the Narrowing of Russia’s Horizons

How is it that Russia looped away from the Soviet matrix in the late 1980s, only to recreate so much of it between 1991 and now? The conclusion of a two-part essay. Read part one here.

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Russia and the West
Reflections on the Closing of the Russian Mind

How is it that Russia looped away from the Soviet matrix in the late 1980s, only to recreate so much of it between 1991 and now? The first of a two-part essay.

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Crisis in Ukraine
Slobodan Putin

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.

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Putin's Ugly Demagoguery
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?

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Battle for Ukraine
The Lessons of Kiev

The seismic shift in Ukraine was achieved by its people—not by outside forces, and not by its politicians.

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