Vladislav Inozemtsev
Mergers & Acquisitions
Russia: Why Not Buy It Out?

A modest, low-cost proposal to remove an existential threat to the United States.

After the USSR
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Russia’s Loss, Whose Gain?

A new book urging the West to reconcile with Russia gives too much credit to Russia and too little to the West.

Russia, the Last Colonial Empire

Russia should be counted among the European colonial empires—and as the only one left standing. That’s the key to comprehending its future.

Yevgeniy Yevtushenko RIP
A Soviet Man

Politically and poetically, Yevtushenko pushed to extend—but never to break—the limits of the permissible in Soviet society.

Russia Watch
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Understanding Putin’s Men

The false dichotomy of “liberals vs. étatists” obscures the real divisions in Russian society.

Russia and the World
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Putin’s Russia: A Moderate Fascist State

By standard scholarly definition, Russia today is not an illiberal democracy: It is an early-stage fascist state.

Policy Shop
Yes, Sanctions Work

The old wise-man consensus about the inefficacy of economic sanctions is truly old. Turns out they often work pretty well these days.

Russia's Economy
The Ruble’s Wild Ride

Nothing short of a miracle will prevent a sharp economic decline in Russia in the coming year, but don’t expect Putin’s popularity to take a big hit because of it.

Exit Strategies
Playing the Long Game with Russia

The West’s Russia strategy should focus on stopping it softly, not on humiliating it.

Thinking Three Moves Ahead
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How To Win Ukraine and Influence The Future

Kiev has de facto lost control over Crimea and parts of its east. The way forward is not to fight to get them back by force, however, but to win them back by demonstrating that a pro-EU orientation brings with it prosperity. The West must help make this a reality.

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Hugging the News Cycle
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.

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.

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