Lilia Shevtsova
Russia & The West
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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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How the West Misjudged Russia Part 7
The Pragmatists Turn to Geopolitics

How the pragmatists interpret the crisis over Ukraine.

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A Grim Anniversary
The Assassination of Boris Nemtsov—One Year Later

The brazen murder and its subsequent investigation demonstrate the nature and fragility of the Russian political regime.

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How the West Misjudged Russia Part 6
The Western Pragmatists Explain Russia

By the end of 2014 the pragmatists recognized that their narratives needed revising, but they still couldn’t recognize the sources of Russia’s deep domestic decay.

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How the West Misjudged Russia Part 5
Peaceful Coexistence, Round Two

Dissecting the Kremlin’s search for a modus vivendi with the West, as well as its attempt to pivot to China.

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How the West Misjudged Russia Part 4
Mad about Medvedev

How Western Russia experts fell for “Medvedev the reformer,” and why many of them buy into the Kremlin’s “humiliation” narrative.

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How the West Misjudged Russia Part 3
Shades of Pragmatism

Western analysts have failed to understand Russia for many of the same reasons they failed to understand the Soviet Union: a rejection of normative criteria.

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How the West Misjudged Russia Part 2
The Pragmatists

The ironies of the pragmatists’ approach to US-Russian relations.

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How the West Misjudged Russia Part 1
What Do the Normativists Stand For?

How do Russia and the West see one another? What are the experts’ views on the confrontation between Russia and the West? How do the pundits explain the Russo-Ukrainian war and Russia’s Syrian gambit? What are the roots of the mythology about Russia in the West, and why has the West failed to predict and understand Russia’s trajectory? These questions and more will be discussed in this essay and in the series to follow.

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Fortress Russia
Deadlock

Russian recklessness is aimed at coercing the West into accepting a grand bargain on the Kremlin’s terms. But whether it accepts or rejects this bargain, the West (and Russia) will pay a heavy price.

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