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Little Green Men
Should the West Be Worried About Belarus?

If Lukashenka stumbles badly in August, a Russian move to absorb Belarus cannot be ruled out.

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Ukraine and Russia
Zelensky Walks the Knife’s Edge

The deck may be stacked against the Ukrainian President’s peace-through-negotiation approach, but it is not so thoroughly stacked that failure is a foregone conclusion.

Volodymyr Zelensky as Vasyl Petrovych Holoborodko in Servant of the People
Putinism in Peril?
Russian-Ukrainian Relations in the Zelensky Era

The Kremlin has given Volodymyr Zelensky a chilly reception, but the comedian-cum-President may have the last laugh.

The Kremlin’s Endgame
How Russia Plans to Win the “Hybrid War”

A speculative look into the Kremlin elites’ thought process in the struggle with the West.

The Hybrid War
Maria Butina and the Mortal Threat to Liberal Democracy

The Butina case highlights the insidious danger to our cherished notions of democracy and justice—not from Butina’s actual activities, but from the probable overreaction to them.

Serbia & Kosovo
The Case for a Territorial Swap

The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo have proposed an audacious resolution to the two countries’ longstanding conflict. They are prepared to take ownership of the process, and the proper response from the West is supportive non-interference.

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Blue Wave Coming?
Stalking the Wild Trump Voter

The biggest obstacle to unseating Trump is the hubris of American elites, who seem determined—however unwittingly—to keep the President’s base of political support intact.

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Delirium Trumpens
Some Dare Call It Treason

Trump’s Helsinki remarks impugned his judgment, not his loyalty, and the idea that disagreement with the intelligence agencies constitutes treason is profoundly disquieting.

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Trump Meets Putin
The Limits of US-Russian Summitry

No matter how fulsome the spirit of bonhomie in Helsinki might be, fundamental differences in U.S. and Russian interests and perspectives sharply limit the possibilities of finding common ground. Nevertheless, an emerging disconnect in Russian and Iranian interests in Syria might conceivably create an opening for a limited Russian-American understanding there.

Countdown to the NATO Summit
NATO and European Security in the Trump Era

Donald Trump, the great scourge of multilateralism and the Liberal World Order, might actually provide the impetus for remedying the advanced case of dry rot afflicting Euroatlantic security arrangements.

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