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Traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls, Matryoshka dolls, depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are seen on sale at a gift shop in central Moscow on Nov. 8, 2016. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

American Democracy Is an Easy Target

Americans have become paranoid about foreign cyberattacks on their political system, but they have nobody but themselves to blame.

Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, attends a BRICS summit in Russia in 2015. (Evgeny Biyatov/Host Photo Agency/Ria Novosti via Getty Images)

Nations Are Wielding Their Sovereign Wealth Funds as Tools of Power

Interconnective tissue binds Russia, Arab state-owned investment funds, and Middle Eastern countries undergoing rapid transformations.

Sen. Bob Corker (left) and Sen. Ben Cardin prepare to listen to testimony at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the U.S.-Russia relationship, on Feb. 9, 2017. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Republicans Are AWOL on Russian Election Meddling

The GOP's absence from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's report on Russian interference is sad and abnormal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, in March 2014. (Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Senate Report Outlines Playbook to Prevent Future Russian Election Meddling

Conspicuously absent from the report, however, is Republican buy-in.

Russian President Vladimir Putin dances at a festival in Saransk, Russia, on July 19, 2007. (Vladimir Rodionov/AFP/Getty Images)

Dancing to Russia’s Tune in Syria

As the United States stands back, the Saudis and even the U.N. special envoy are now open to a greater Russian diplomatic role in shaping the future of Syria.

An activists hold up flares during an anti-corruption protest in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, on July 11, 2017. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine Needs U.S. Help to Fight Corruption

Domestic reforms are just as important as defending against Russian aggression.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov speaks in Grozny, Chechnya on April  16, 2012. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

The Lost Children of ISIS

Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov says he wants to rescue orphans. But what’s really behind his humanitarian campaign?

German soldiers beside a tank during World War II (German Federal Archives via Wikimedia Commons).

WWII query: Why did France surrender so quickly while Russia held out for years?

After eight years at Foreign Policy, here are the ten most popular Best Defense posts.

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Out With The Old: New Books on Collusion, Civil War, Doomsday, and Other Happy Tidings

FP staffers learn how democracies die and why Mussolini wrote a bodice ripper.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on Dec. 21. (Maxim Shipenkov/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: How Moscow Did It

Russia pushing back against U.S. arms sales to Ukraine

U.S. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) (L) speaks during a hearing before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, May 23, in Washington, DC. ( Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Congressional Republicans Are Pulling a Bait-and-Switch in the Trump-Russia Investigation

Signs are mounting that the House Intelligence Committee plans on prematurely abdicating its work. 

Gen. Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, leaves Federal Court on Dec. 1, in Washington, DC.(Brendan Smialowksi/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Counsel Knew in January Flynn Probably Violated the Law

Don McGahn was looking at whether the national security advisor violated federal laws just days after Trump moved into the White House.

U.S President Donald Trump speaks about his administration's National Security Strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C, Dec. 18. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Grade Trump’s National Security Strategy on a Curve

Strategizing for this president isn’t easy. But that excuse only gets you so far.

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China’s Flagship TV Network Hasn’t Registered as a Foreign Agent

Based in Washington, CCTV America broadcasts Beijing-controlled news to English-speaking households across the United States.

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