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Russia Diary
Russia & The West
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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.

Bad Romance
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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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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.

Russia & The West
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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.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 13
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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.

How Russia Misjudged the West Part 12
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What Minsk Means

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

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 11
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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.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 10
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The Exit Solution?

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

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 9
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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.

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

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

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campus culture wars

An NYT op-ed proposes that rioters ought to be granted control over what events may and may not be held on college campuses.

Oh Snap

Is Shinzo Abe repeating the mistakes of Theresa May?

Setting Sun

President Trump now has the option to levy import tariffs on solar panels that caused “serious injury” to U.S. producers.

the new culture wars

The policy that set in motion a fierce culture war over young people, sex, and the meaning of consent is no more.

Rogue Nations

Trump’s simultaneous confrontation of Pyongyang and Tehran could have unintended consequences.

Pricing Carbon

Interest in cap and trade has waxed—not waned—after Trump’s decision to pull out of Paris.

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