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How Obama’s Weakness Encouraged Russian Election Meddling

From the mysterious death of Mikhail Lesin in Washington DC to the assault on an American in front of our embassy in Moscow, President Obama was very careful in calibrating his responses to Russian provocations throughout 2016. Too careful.

Junior's Russia Meetings
All The Dots, Connected

A look at the networks connecting the various Russians attending Donald Trump, Jr.’s notorious meeting shows us just what the Russian state is—and what it wants.

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Bad Tsar/Good Boyars
The Paradoxes of Trump’s Russia Strategy

Donald Trump’s cabinet has managed to construct a pretty sound approach to Russia—perhaps despite the Commander in Chief.

G20 Wrapup
Climate Politics and the English Language

George Orwell rolls over in his grave.

No Puppet
How To Read the Trump-Putin Meeting

Is outreach to Russia a wise move? Probably not. But President Trump is going in stronger than most give him credit for.

let's talk about issues
Are Democrats Waking Up to Russia Insanity?

After Georgia, it’s good to see a prominent member of the Democratic Party waking up to just how much they have been hurting themselves by fixating on the Russia collusion issue.

Alliances and Allies
Trump’s Transactionality on Display in Brussels

It’s time our allies, and our foreign policy establishment, engage with our President’s worldview on its own terms.

all talk no action
Why Hasn’t Trump Condemned Erdogan’s Provocation?

The President fashions himself a Jacksonian. Will he allow the Turkish attack on American citizens to go unanswered?

Loose Lips
Two Possibilities on the Intelligence-Sharing Screw Up

Was the President grossly careless in the handling of highly compartmentalized intelligence? Or did he make a conscious decision?

Russian Counter-Spin
The Kremlin Is Not a Victim of Hackers

To think such a thing is possible is to profoundly misunderstand the symbiotic relationship between Russian hackers and the Kremlin’s security services.

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