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Russian Economy
Is Putin’s Russia Headed for a Systemic Collapse?

Putin’s plan seems to be to sit tight and await a hike in oil prices—but long periods of stagnation haven’t gone well for Moscow in the past.

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Russia and the West
Can NATO Defend the Baltics?

It’s not as hopeless a proposition as you might think.

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Government
The Greatness of Russia

In all areas of human endeavor, perhaps, save one.

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Russia and the West
Condemned to Frustration

What Russia wants, the West simply cannot deliver.

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Ukraine's Bumpy Road
Of Syria, Dead Donbas Commanders, and Ukraine Fatigue

The latest in medical technology is powerless to cure the creeping Ukraine Fatigue besetting some Western capitals. Only Kyiv can do something about it.

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Russia and the West
The Myth of Russia’s Containment

Has the West always had it in for Russia? Hardly.

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Russia & The West
The Secret Plot to Destroy Russia

If America really wanted to destroy Russia, it could do no better than tell it to keep doing exactly what it’s doing.

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Catch-22
The Failures of Putin’s Ukraine Strategy

Russia is trapped in an unsatisfying holding pattern, hoping for oil prices to recover, for the West to fragment and for Ukraine to implode.

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Endgame
What Does Putin Want?

Moscow’s many stated reasons for fighting in Ukraine are either false or incoherent. Its actual goals, unfortunately, preclude a tidy and quick resolution ever taking hold.

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The Costs of "Victory"
Collateral Damage

Russia appears to have triumphed on the battlefield in Ukraine, but in doing so it has done at least as much damage to itself as its poor neighbor.

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