Ukraine, Russia and Two Horses

Nearly twenty years ago, Zbigniew Brzezinski famously said, “Russia can be either an empire or a democracy, but it cannot be both. . . . Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire, but with Ukraine suborned and then subordinated, Russia automatically becomes an empire.” Uninterested in becoming a democracy, today’s Kremlin has not given […]

Why Russia Doesn’t Hold the Keys to Syria

It is difficult to decipher whether those who argue that Russia holds the keys to the solution of the Syrian crisis really believe it or are using Russia as an excuse to do nothing. The recent Syrian Action Group meeting in Geneva clearly showed that the Kremlin is not moving closer to the position of […]

End of the Affair

Liberals in Russia are becoming disenchanted with the West. Can the romance be rekindled?

Doing Well By Doing Right

Some mythbusting about U.S. policy towards Russia.

Holiday Note: Resetology

Post-Soviet Kremlinology ponders the famous “reset.”

Imitation Russia

Democracy or dictatorship? Friend or foe? Russia under Vladimir Putin is all of these — and none of them.

Double Vision

What are the sources of the American image around the world? How has it changed in recent years? And what, if anything, can the U.S. government do to shape that image? The American Interest posed these questions to a distinguished group of international observers. Their answers reflect diverse histories and circumstances, and offer some useful […]

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