Lilia Shevtsova
Russia Diary
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Russia’s Love Affair with Germany

Germany has historically been closely intertwined with Russia, and in recent years Germans have been intimately involved in helping Russia’s personalized power system to survive. But all that may now be changing.

Russia-China
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Bad Romance

The Russia-China partnership poses more problems for Moscow than it does for the West.

The Kremlin Sends a Message
Swimming with Sharks

The Kremlin is sending a message to the West’s Russia experts: if you want to talk to us, you need to toe the line.

Russia and the West
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Humiliation as a Tool of Blackmail

An analysis of the Kremlin’s “Weimar syndrome”, and why so many Western elites believe in it.

Now You See Him...
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Has the Russian System’s Agony Begun?

Or was Putin’s disappearing act just the dress rehearsal for the looming collapse?

A Death in Moscow
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Boris Nemtsov, Russian Opposition Leader, Murdered

A father of four and a charismatic, tireless opposition leader was gunned down just outside the Kremlin yesterday. A horrible new day has dawned on Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

The Ukraine Crisis
The Kremlin Is Winning

How the West uses a collection of “myths” about Russia to deceive itself about its own impotence.

Russia and the West
What Should the World Fear: The Rise or Decline of Illiberal Powers?

How the West answers this question will determine its relations not just with Russia, but with China as well.

New World Disorder
Putin Ends the Interregnum

Vladimir Putin’s increasingly reckless interventions in Ukraine should force the West to reevaluate everything it thought it knew about the collapse of the Soviet Union and the past two decades of Western policy on Russia.

Crisis in Ukraine
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Blurred Lines Between War and Peace

Ukraine, Russia, and the West all have their own reasons for not calling the ongoing conflict a war, just as they all have different views of what would constitute an acceptable peace.

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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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