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Russia & The West
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Russia & The West
Breathing Room for the Kremlin

The West’s new pragmatism could be a shot in the arm for Russia’s decaying system of personalized power.

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Bad Romance
Survival in the Trumpian World

The popular belief that it was the Kremlin’s dream to see Trump in the White House is, at best, an exaggeration.

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Russia and the West
Putinalia as Deceit and Self-Deceit

Putinalia—the study of Vladimir Putin—can be exciting, and it can be useful…sometimes. But if one hopes to understand Russia, one has to look much deeper.

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Russia & The West
Vladimir Putin, Master of Suspense

How Russia’s leader has played a weak hand to its fullest, and why the West always seems to be playing catch-up.

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How the West Misjudged Russia Part 13
The Kremlin’s Triad as the Means of Survival

The West needs to understand that the Russian System is willing to fight for its survival, and that this fight could take many different forms.

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How Russia Misjudged the West Part 12
What Minsk Means

Russia and the West offer a hybrid solution to hybrid war.

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How the West Misjudged Russia Part 11
The Sanctions on Russia: How Hard Do They Bite?

One thing is certain: Russia is feeling some pain, and the Kremlin seems to understand that the pain could be worse.

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How the West Misjudged Russia Part 10
The Exit Solution?

The pragmatists’ proposals to resolve the Ukraine crisis sell out vital principles and values for short-term gains.

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How the West Misjudged Russia Part 9
Is the Time of the Russlandversteher Over?

Whether it likes it or not, Germany will play a key role in shaping the Western response to the Global Illiberalism.

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How the West Misjudged Russia Part 8
Looking for Explanations—or Justification?

Are there really any justifications for the annexation of Crimea and armed intervention in Ukraine?

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