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Myths About Russia
When Past Isn’t Prologue

If we are to understand where Russia is heading, we need to ask ourselves why our past predictions about it have been proven wrong time and time again.

What Next? Two Scenarios
The Coronavirus Test for Russia

Coronavirus has exposed the inadequacies of Russia’s top-down system. Here are a couple of scenarios for how it will fare in the months ahead.

Intent to Deceive
The Russian Myth Machine

Russian political analysts are especially good at deception—of themselves as well as others. But why are Western experts so eager to be deceived?

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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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