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

How the pragmatists interpret the crisis over Ukraine.

A Grim Anniversary
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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.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 6
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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.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 5
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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.

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 4
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Mad about Medvedev

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

How the West Misjudged Russia Part 3
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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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The Pragmatists

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

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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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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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The End of an Epoch

The third act of Russia’s civilizational drama is near. The price Russia and the outside world will pay for the end of the former’s system will be much higher than they paid for the Soviet Union’s demise.

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Hugging the News Cycle
Spanish Secession

The EU is walking a fine line as it uneasily backs Spain’s clampdown on Catalan separatists.

Examining the Energiewende

On the heels of news that Berlin will fall short of an emissions target, a new study says Germany will miss a renewable energy consumption goal.

the marketplace of ideas

The problem for liberalism on college campuses isn’t the failure to teach Mill and Madison.

German Election Watch

Polls in Germany show strong support for Merkel and the status quo—but storm clouds loom beyond Sunday’s elections.

Crude Economics

The UK’s most important energy resource is on the rebound.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As Myanmar cracks down on the Rohingya and the West wags fingers, Beijing sees an opportunity.

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