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The West's Failure of Nerve

Stephen Blank, Atlantic Council

Russia Can't Afford Its Military

Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat

Russia Is Still Angry About Serbia

L. Todd Wood, Washington Times

Europe Stays the Course in the East

Carl Bildt, Project Syndicate

Poland and the Baltic states intend to ask NATO to station a battalion or even larger units on their territory. The Baltic states—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—want a brigade ...(full article)

“The Armata truly has unprecedented destructive power; a battalion can destroy the entire Russian budget!”...(full article)

The West frequently asks itself, “Why is Russian President Vladimir Putin so popular? He has harmed their economy. He has stifled the free press. He has destroyed the politic...(full article)

The nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers are entering their final stage. For months, the two sides have met in various cities to come up with an agreement under w...(full article)

While the EU’s vision of “wider Europe” relies on soft power, economic integration, and long-term institution building, Putin’s “wider Russia” p...(full article)

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The U.S. Continues to Send Russia the Wrong Message - Washington Post

IT HAS been a week since Secretary of State John F. Kerry emerged from eight hours of meetings with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin and his foreign minister to say that the t...

Is Russia Enabling the North Korean Regime? - L.T. Wood, Wash Times

Without access to classified information, it is difficult to assess the depth of Russian involvement in North Korea. However, there are several issues that can be surmised with cur...

Russia Strikes Back at Europe's Energy Games - Kristine Berzina, GMF

BRUSSELS - Europe is starting to play hardball with Russia on energy - and the Kremlin is fighting back. For years, the European Union was highly dependent on Russia's natural gas ...

Is Macedonia the Next Ukraine? - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Macedonia is a poor, landlocked Balkan country of about 2 million. To the Kremlin, it's also the newest front in an ideological battle, with the U.S. fomenting regime change to cou...

US Taking Note of Russian Nuke Violations - Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View

The Obama administration is considering a range of options to respond to Russia’s ongoing violation of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty. Part of the response could invo...

An Unusual Friendship: Bikers & the Kremlin - M. Galeotti, Moscow Times

Seriously, what is it about the Night Wolves motorcycle group that makes them such a toast of the Kremlin? The latest — admittedly, unconfirmed — stories are that they have bee...

Putin, Hockey, Rockets, and a Soviet Revival - L. Bershidsky, National Post

One of the pillars of President Vladimir Putin’s new national ideology is that Russia should occupy the Soviet Union’s onetime prominent place in the world. That aspira...

Can Putin Rebrand Russia? - Richard Gowan, World Politics Review

Vladimir Putin has a busy social schedule these days. The Russian president looked a little isolated on May 9, when world leaders largely stayed away from the immense military para...

Russians Know the Truth About Putin, and Love It - J. Schuster, Die Welt

BERLIN — Europeans and Americans have known for a long time that Russian troops are aiding Ukrainian separatist rebels. Europe and the U.S. possess countless statements, phot...

Bikers & The Kremlin: A Friendship - Mark Galeotti, Moscow Times

Seriously, what is it about the Night Wolves motorcycle group that makes them such a toast of the Kremlin? The latest — admittedly, unconfirmed — stories are that they...

France Plays the Hero Role Against Russia - J. Gelernter, National Review

Keeping Putin out of the Baltics....

The Dawn of the Un-American Century - Benny Avni, New York Post

Supposedly “isolated” Russia’s bromance with China flourishes. No wonder: Both countries appreciate power politics and scoff at America’s display of global ...

20 Feet from War with Russia - Ahmed Rashid, New York Review of Books

On April 7, a war between Russia and NATO forces defending the three Baltic republics was avoided by just twenty feet. A senior Estonian official explained to me in vivid detail ho...

A Neverending Crisis Hits Russia - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Former Russian prime minister Evgeny Primakov warned that, if Vladimir Putin continues his Ukraine policies, Russia will become a pariah third-world petro state. The fundamentals o...

No Future for the China-Russia Alliance - James Holmes, RealClearDefense

These are also two powers that take a proprietary view of their surroundings. Robert Kaplan is doubtless correct to maintain that there’s something universal about the thinki...

Russia's Depraved State Darwinism - Ulrich Speck, Berlin Policy Journal

The kind of behavior Russia has demonstrated in recent years in Georgia and Ukraine is not in line with the historical norm. It does not recall the state system of the nineteenth c...

Chechnya's Leader, the Aspiring Polygamist - Georgy Bovt, Moscow Times

Human rights activists had earlier reported that the regional police chief was using force to coerce the young woman into marriage, practically running a blockade around her house ...

For Putin's Friends, Anything. For All Others, the Law - K. Dawisha, WAJ

Probably the most serious international crisis since the end of the Cold War, and the White House targets individuals? It seemed an odd response to some observers. But it made sens...

Did Putin and Kerry Really Have Anything to Discuss? - J. Keating, Slate

So what exactly do the U.S. and Russia have to talk about? A State Department official downplayed expectations for the trip by describing it as an effort to “keep these lines...

Nemtsov Spelled Out Russia's Secret War in Ukraine - Globe and Mail

‘Putin. War” is the bracing title of a report on the Russian military’s deep involvement in the Ukrainian conflict. The principal author is the late Russian dissi...

A Tiny Crack in the Russian Ice - New York Times

It is a measure of how low American-Russian relations have sunk that a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Secretary of State John Kerry that achieves nothing is perceived...

World War II and the Origins of American Unease - G. Friedman, Stratfor

Until this point there had been a deep and unsubtle optimism among Americans. The Great Depression and Pearl Harbor created a different sensibility that suspected that prosperity a...

Russia and China Are Weak in Similar Ways - Richard Weitz, WPR

The Russian and Chinese governments have also described their WWII-era and current partnership as helping to prevent further military aggression, with the implicit reference being ...

My Ukraine - Chrystia Freeland, Brookings

A personal reflection on a nation's dream of independence and the nightmare Vladimir Putin has visited upon it....

Truth and Fiction in Russia's Remembrance - Alex Golts, Moscow Times

Victory Day celebrations were divided between official speeches steeped in falsehoods and insincerity and genuine sorrow for those who had fallen in the Great Patriotic War, as wel...

Can the China-Russia Warmth Last? - Bjorn Duben, The Diplomat

Sino-Russian relations appear to be flourishing. As Moscow has become locked in conflict with the West over the crisis in Ukraine, it has moved closer towards its long-time interna...

Little Evidence of Progress in Ukraine Crisis - Matthew Lee, AP

Despite a cordial atmosphere, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s meetings Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister produced little evidence of...

Russia Is Losing World War II - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his propaganda machine are often accused of exploiting the memory of the Soviet Union's victory over the Nazis -- even more than Soviet governm...

Russia and China, Sitting in a Tree - Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic

Xi Jinping’s appearance at Vladimir Putin’s side at the Victory Parade in Moscow signifies a deepened relationship based on a common adversary: the United States....

Poland's Election Is All About Countering Russia - Annabelle Chapman, FP

Foreign policy concerns — far beyond phone calls to the Kremlin — have been more prominent in this Polish election than previous ones, says Marcin Zaborowski, director ...

Moscow's Marauders on the High Seas - Kyle Mizokami, National Interest

The Russian Navy's 5 Most Deadly Weapons of War...

Let's Discuss Russia's Role in World War II - L. Todd Wood, Wash Times

Somehow the West needs to find a way to recognize this Russian contribution while at the same time confronting the nationalistic behavior it breeds. We cannot move forward toward p...

China Is a Big New Player in the Caucasus - Michael Cecire, The Diplomat

There is perhaps no less comfortable place for a struggling democracy than the blurry space between the hardening frontiers of the liberal democratic West and an increasingly expan...

How U.S., Russia Could Start Nuclear War - Tom Nichols, TNI

A few weeks ago, I directed Harvard Extension School’s “Crisis Game,” in which students had to play out a hypothetical Cold War crisis involving nuclear...

The US Needs to Expose Putin's Corruption - J. Walters, American Interest

Despite the hopes of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Russia has returned as a security threat to its neighbors, to the Unites States, and to our allies. No one believes...

Moscow Playing Second Fiddle to Beijing - Mark Galeotti, Moscow Times

U.S. President Barack Obama has talked a great deal about a pivot to Asia, but recent news make it look on the surface as if it is Russian President Vladimir Putin who is actually ...

How Russians Really See the United States - Max Fisher, Vox

"It is in the genes. America has a simple ideology – that there is only one truth in the world, that truth is held by God, and God created the United States to be an embodime...

The Russian Economy Stumbles Back to Its Feet - Andy Tully, Oil Price

The Bank of Russia has cut interest rates for the third time so far this year, reinforcing forecasts by some government ministers that the country’s economic woes are beginni...

Meet Putin's Boy Scout Army - Matthew Luxmoore, Foreign Policy

MOSCOW — In a crumbling residential courtyard in north Moscow, within earshot of the buzzing Yaroslavskoye highway that leads out of the city, a group of camouflage-clad teenager...

Beware of Russians Bearing Gifts - Adam White, Weekly Standard

The new reports seem to vindicate the senators’ concerns, but they do more than that. They vindicate the deep concerns voiced by the Constitution’s Framers about the need to pr...

Sorry, Russia, But Armenia Loves You Not - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

Russia may be sucking Armenia into its economic vortex, but young Armenians are looking to the West for their education, their music, and their freedom....

Why Is China's Navy in the Mediterranean? - N. Feldman, Bloomberg View

Why is China announcing joint naval exercises with Russia in the Mediterranean, so far from home? There’s a global answer connected to the new cool war and China’s inte...

Will Russia's Hybrid War Defeat Europe? - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Hybrid warfare is a very particular mode of acting—comprehensively, and against everything the EU stands for. So I would like to turn this question around and reply: comprehe...

Crimean Students: 'Russia Is Our Motherland' - P. Hobson, Moscow Times

YALTA, Crimea — "Who do you think is responsible for the war in eastern Ukraine?" asked Masha, a 17-year old student at School No. 12 in Yalta, Crimea. I paused. "Russia." ...

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  • Population: 142,008,000 (9th)
  • Area Size: 6,592,800 sq mi (1st)
  • GDP: $1.78 trillion (8th)
  • Currency: Ruble (RUB)
  • Official Language: Russian
  • Capital City: Moscow
  • Largest City: Moscow

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