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Hurt Putin, Hurt Yourself?

Vauhini Vara, The New Yorker

Russia Is Trapped in 1991

Georgy Bovt, Moscow Times

Europe's Malaise: The New Normal?

George Friedman, Stratfor

Eurasia's Reagan Revolutions

Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg View

Putin Doesn't Fear Alienating the West

Stephen Blackwell, The National

Few would argue that sanctions are supposed to be a profit-making enterprise: their goals tend to be political, not economic. By imposing sanctions on Russia, European leaders hope...(full article)

Today's Russia faces essentially the same challenge that the Soviet Union faced on the eve of its dissolution, and one that the coup of 1991 failed to meet. This challenge is the n...(full article)

Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These even...(full article)

Perhaps economic hurdles -- caused by sanctions in Russia’s case and fundamental weakness in India's and Turkey’s -- will impose limits upon the megalomania of the tub-...(full article)

Russian president Vladimir Putin shows every intention of keeping the world guessing about his ultimate intentions in Ukraine....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Chinese Pilots Fly at Russia's Top Gun - Thomas Newdick, War Is Boring

Chinese and Russian fighter pilots have been testing their skills in an unprecedented series of maneuvers in southeast Russia. Some observers have billed the Aviadarts exercise as ...

Why Won't We Name Putin's Invasion? - Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy

Vladimir Putin now seems to be relying on the Eddie Murphy "wasn't me" excuse, no doubt with the understanding that having a bald-faced lie exposed by independent witnesses matters...

Continental Drift Could Scupper Euro Recovery - Daily Telegraph

All of a sudden, the euro crisis is back, though in truth it never really went away. The latest economic figures from the eurozone make bleak reading. Germany, the continent’s bi...

Obama Should Have Listened to Hillary - Charles Krauthammer, Nat'l Post

Leave it to Barack Obama’s own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total absence of strategic thinking. Mind you, Obama does deploy ...

The Dangerous Mr. Putin - David J. Kramer, The American Interest

The problem with “accommodating” Russia in Ukraine is that Vladimir Putin’s goal is sowing chaos as part of a plan to hold on to power in the Kremlin....

Putin's Useful (British) Idiots - James Bloodworth, The Daily Beast

From Neville Chamberlain to the pages of today’s Guardian, many members of the British elite, left and right, have proved themselves suckers for totalitarianism....

Putin's Sleight-of-Hand Invasion - Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast

On Thursday night a caravan of about 270 Russian military trucks, all freshly painted white, parked in a field outside the small town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky about 25 kilometers (...

Obama's Foreign Policy Record: TBD - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

This is all intrinsically connected with optics: America's reputation for power as perceived by its friends and enemies. To wit, the Israelis might not have liked Kissinger or Bake...

How Putin Exploits Western Chaos - Chicago Tribune

Putin is playing a long game, striving to re-establish Russian clout across as much of Asia and Europe as he can. He sees an America focused on affairs at home, and yearns to push ...

Euro Recovery Grinds to Halt Amid Ukraine Fear - David McHugh, AP

The shaky economic recovery in the 18-country eurozone ground to a halt in the second quarter, as the continent's central pillars - Germany and France - were held back by weaker in...

Is Putin's Aid Convoy a Trojan Horse? - Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy

The Red Cross has no idea what 280 Russian trucks making their way to the Ukrainian border are carrying. Is Putin's "humanitarian" mission a Trojan horse?...

Russia Delivers a Blow to Globalization - Anne Applebaum, National Post

While it lasted, globalization was a beguiling tale we told ourselves about the future. The world is interconnected and therefore getting not just richer but more peaceful. The tec...

What Crimea Says about Putin's Future - Matthias Schepp, Der Spiegel

President Vladimir Putin made himself immensely popular among Russians by annexing the Crimean Peninsula. But with the situation in eastern Ukraine volatile, it remains unclear how...

Putin's 'Humanitarian' Farce in Ukraine - Washington Post

The motive for another escalation in Russia’s ongoing meddling is clear enough: not the “humanitarian crisis” the Kremlin claims is occurring in areas held by its surrogate f...

Ukraine Is Winning, but Will Putin Invade? - Chrystia Freeland, Politico

No matter how hard Putin tries to spin it (or to turn from attack line into a reality), Ukraine isn’t a failed state, prey to domestic extremists and weakened by civil war. This ...

How Long Can the U.S. Rely on Russian Titanium? - Dan McGroarty, RCW

With the U.S. ratcheting up Russian sanctions in response to Vladimir Putin's unrepentant assault on Ukraine, word comes that U.S. manufacturers Boeing and United Technologies are ...

Russia's Food Ban: High Risk, Low-Reward - Mark Adomanis, Moscow Times

The ban on food imports strikes me as an extremely high-risk and low-reward move, one that is likely to cause more harm to Russian consumers than to its putative targets. Rather th...

How Not to End the Ukraine Crisis - Jeffrey Tayler, The Atlantic

In May, Bob Corker, the ranking Republican on the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a bill of stunning recklessness that seems specifically designed to destroy wh...

Russia & U.S. Must Cooperate on Asteroids - Kathy Gilsinan, The Atlantic

Ultimately, as the UN sets up its asteroid monitoring and defense committees over the coming months, the U.S. and Russia may once again find themselves in a position of “reluctan...

Surviving the Summer of Global Chaos - James Jay Carafano, Nat'l Interest

If Obama really plans to come back from the beach with real long-term plans, he needs to address Iraq, as well as other foreign policy obstacles, in the context of relations with T...

Putin Has Stumbled in Ukraine - Fyodor Lukyanov, Moscow Times

Putin's departure from his usual realistic approach thrust Russia into a serious international crisis. The civil war in eastern Ukraine brought Moscow back from the global level to...

State Sovereignty, Up for Grabs - Christian Science Monitor

By encroaching on others' territories, China, Russia, and Islamic terrorist armies challenge the norms of state sovereignty. How should the world respond?...

Wanted: A Leader for the Free World - Douglas Murray, The Spectator

There was a time when having almost two hundred of your citizens blown out of the sky was a big deal for a western democracy. But when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down ...

Putin Wants East Ukraine. Let Him Have It - David Francis, Fiscal Times

Putin would become even more isolated from the international community. His aggression would also likely lead European countries, which are spending less on defense, to reevaluate...

Barack Obama on the World - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

President Obama’s hair is definitely grayer these days, and no doubt trying to manage foreign policy in a world of increasing disorder accounts for at least half of those gray ha...

Putin Is Trapped in a Quagmire of His Own Making - Globe and Mail

Russian President Vladimir Putin may be bluffing: Those thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border could be there to intimidate, to pressure and to provoke. He may have no intenti...

The Global Rule of Law Is Under Fire - Erna Paris, Globe and Mail

Are we witnessing a hollowing out of the global rule of law and other norms that have provided a framework for peace since the end of the Second World War? It is true that the laws...

Jozef Pilsudski's Europe - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Pilsudski dominated Polish affairs from the middle of World War I until his death in 1935. In the words of the late British-educated academic Alexandros Petersen, Pilsudski was fro...

Is Russia the World's Cybercrime Capital? - Joshua Keating, Slate

The New York Times reported yesterday that a Russian crime ring had assembled a collection of more than a billion Internet passwords. While some are casting doubt&nb...

Putin's Food Ban Hurts Russia - Moscow Times

"Western leaders struggled for months over how best to hurt the Russian economy. Then Putin had a think and beat them at their own game" — ...

To Beat Putin, Support Ukraine - Michael McFaul, New York Times

In time, these steps will be likely to make Russian officials, business leaders and citizens question the strategy of their president, Vladimir V. Putin, in Ukraine. In the shor...

The Vladimir Putin School of Leadership - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

The leaders of some of the biggest developing nations -- China, India, Turkey, South Africa -- are increasingly acting like Russian President Vladimir Putin. It may be that democ...

If Sanctions Topple Putin, What Happens Next? - Julia Ioffe, New Republic

Before the West celebrates the possibility of Putin being forced from the throne, we should consider what might come after him. This is not an argument against sanctions or again...

Can Russian Invasion of Ukraine Be Prevented? - The Guardian

Is Russia getting ready to intervene in Ukraine with its regular forces, and are there any diplomatic exchanges under way to avert such a disaster?...

NATO Allies Must Pull Weight - Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Financial Times

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has led some to call for Nato to be better prepared to counter such surprise attacks. I fully agree. From the start, I have described thi...

Moscow Needs a Plan B in Ukraine - Georgy Bovt, Moscow Times

The Plan A's of both sides are clearly not mapped out several steps ahead, and an analysis of the losses associated with those plans is done only after measures are taken. It appea...

What Pushed Poland into the Arms of the EU - Boris Johnson, Telegraph

If there was one man who behaved with more cynicism and ruthlessness than Hitler, it was, of course, Stalin. The Russians had incited the revolt; they appealed on the radio f...

What I Learned from Vladimir Putin - Chris Patten, Project Syndicate

I first met Putin in October 1999 in Helsinki, when I was attending a European Union-Russia summit as the EU’s external affairs commissioner. President Boris Yeltsin canceled h...

Ukrainian Syndrome: 'Info-Intoxication' - Simon Shuster, Time

In the middle of summer, as the fighting in eastern Ukraine receded toward the Russian border, psychiatrists working in the area began to notice a strange affliction among the pe...

Russia's Eurasian Vision - Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate

The escalating conflict in Ukraine between the Western-backed government and Russian-backed separatists has focused attention on a fundamental question: What are the Kremlin’...

Why Is DC Risking War with Russia? - Vanden Heuvel & Cohen, The Nation

As The Nation has warned repeatedly, the unthinkable may now be rapidly unfolding in Ukraine: not just the new Cold War already under way but an actual war between US-led NATO and ...

Russia's Emperor Has No Clothes - Cathy Young, RealClearPolitics

There is widespread agreement that Putin stumbled badly with his plans for “Novorossiya”—the archaic, Tsarist-era term for Eastern Ukraine that he and his propaga...

For Europe, Punishing Putin Means Sharing Pain - The Scotsman

Economic sanctions are a two-edged sword, hurting those who impose them as well as those they are aimed at....

The Small Cuts to U.S. Clout - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

So many international crises are hammering the Obama administration this summer — Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan — that smaller but still significant bl...

The End of Vladimir Putin - Ben Judah, Politico Magazine

Russia’s rebels have achieved what American diplomats failed to do. For months, American diplomats had been lobbying the 28 EU member states to take a stronger stance toward ...

About Russia

  • Russian Federation
  • 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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