Corona and the Kremlin
How the Oil Shock Will Contain Putin

Russia’s military has historically been more active when energy prices soar and less so when they fall. Now, with COVID-19, they are falling precipitously.

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Countdown to Helsinki
The Putin Paradox

Putin is romancing the White House even as he challenges American interests globally—because he thinks he can.

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Pipeline Politics
Why Nord Stream 2 Will Not Be Built

Don’t be fooled by recent approvals: U.S sanctions and a weakening European consensus make the construction of Gazprom’s controversial pipeline less likely than ever.

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International Order
Trump and Russia: Confusion at the Top

The Trump Administration’s Russia policy is already working against U.S. interests. It’s time to show Putin that he can’t revise the international order.

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Ukraine Status Quo
A Lull in the East

A ceasefire is holding in Ukraine’s troubled east both because Kyiv’s national defenses have been strengthened, and because the Kremlin is occupied elsewhere. But will it hold when the Kremlin sees that the EU is not lifting sanctions?

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