Hopes that post-Soviet Russia would join the ranks of prosperous liberal democracies have proven to be a chimera
The Latvian American financier and quasi-counterfeit ‘Pentagon analyst’ Dan Rapoport led the kind of life that makes any cause of his recent death—assassination, suicide, or pseudocide—all equally plausible
Why is Joe Biden alternately ignoring and funding the ever-closer alliance between Iran and Putin?
Blinded by their own Cold War propaganda, Americans can’t see Berlin’s Ukraine policy for what it is
By misjudging the size and importance of Russia’s economy, the West might have taken steps toward its own isolation
Ukraine shows that the ‘return of great power rivalry’ isn’t happening under the Biden administration
We are living in a material world, after all
The moral and historical illiteracy of boycotting Russian identity and culture
As Vladimir Putin methodically destroys the remains of Russian civil society, a new group of emigres flees the country, only to find themselves frozen out of Western life
Boycotting Russian food, art, people, and animals is not just misguided. It’s immoral.
The absurdities of this historical moment, as embodied by President Zelensky, point us to the deeper truths of Ukraine’s messy identity, which is proving to be a more powerful construction than Putin’s authoritarian nostalgia
Putin’s horrifying war in Ukraine shows the likely results of the West continuing to ignore Iran’s nuclear quest
As Moscow slides into global pariah status, it will want to upgrade ties with its closest allies on NATO’s southern flank: Syria and Iran
A visit back to Russia, and an unceremonious encounter with the theatrics of the past
The Russian leader’s actions express essential and unalterable truths about human nature, which we ignore at our peril
But it will take more than a war to undo decades of emotional and economic investment in the Russian state
Even in the face of certain death, Ukrainians are displaying heroism worthy of the darkest days of World War II
By tying itself to a reckless and dangerous America, the Ukrainians made a blunder that client states will study for years to come
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