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A member of the Syrian government forces holds a position with an anti-tank missile system in Kobajjep area, on the southwestern outskirts of Deir Ezzor, on September 5, 2017, during the ongoing battle against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists.
Syria's army and allied fighters, backed by Russian air support, have been advancing towards Deir Ezzor on several fronts in recent weeks, and entered the Brigade 137 base on its western edge, in what Moscow hailed as a key "strategic victory". / AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN        (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pentagon Is Spending $2 Billion Running Soviet-Era Guns to Syrian Rebels

An army of contractors and subcontractors in Eastern Europe is working to supply America’s sprawling — and legally questionable — anti-Islamic State campaign in Syria.

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The Bookshelf: FP Staffers Review the New Releases

Just in time for the holiday break, FP returns to reviewing new and upcoming titles on all aspects of international affairs.

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl (L) shakes hands with an unidentified woman as he takes a short walk in the streets of Dabo in company of French President Fran?ois Mitterrand (2nd L) 19 July 1983.         (Photo credit should read MARCEL MOCHET/AFP/GettyImages)

The Pear Who Ate Germany

Helmut Kohl was an unlikely political heavyweight, but his relentless drive helped put East and West back together.

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump (C) makes his way to board Air Force One in Riyadh as he head with the First Lady to Israel on May 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Making the Middle East Worse, Trump-Style

American presidents have generally been pretty good at botching things in the Middle East, but this one is winning at it.

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How Soviets Came to Celebrate New Year’s Like Christmas (and Why Russians Still Do)

The answer involves Vladimir the Great, Peter the Great, Nicholas I, and Stalin.

TOPSHOT - US President Barack Obama (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk before an economic leaders meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit at the Lima Convention Centre on November 20, 2016 in Lima.
Asia-Pacific leaders are expected to send a strong message in defense of free trade as they wrap up a summit that has been overshadowed by US President-elect Donald Trump's protectionism. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Russian Question

Moscow may no longer be a superpower, but its revanchist politics are unsettling the international order. How should Donald Trump deal with Vladimir Putin?

Visitors examine exhibits at the exhibition "The myth of the beloved leader" in the Historical Museum in Moscow on April 2, 2014. The exhibition devoted to the history of the cult of Soviet leaders Lenin and Stalin, presented personal belongings, gifts and works of art from the collection of the former Lenin Museum. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV        (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Soviet Union Is Gone, But It’s Still Collapsing

And 5 other unlearned lessons from leading experts about modern Russia and the death of an empire.

Alma-ata, president of the rsfsr boris yeltsin (l) and president of kazakhstan nursultan nazarbayev are pictured at the press-conference, december 21, 1991. (Photo by: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)

The Birth of ‘Absurdistan’

How I experienced the collapse of the Soviet Union.

TO GO WITH AFP STORY "China-politics-rights-Tiananmen" by Robert Saiget(FILES) This file photo taken on June 2, 1989 shows hundreds of thousands of Chinese gathering around a 10-metre replica of the Statue of Liberty (C), called the Goddess of Democracy, in Tiananmen Square demanding democracy despite martial law in Beijing.  Families of those killed in the crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests on June 2, 2010 demanded China end its silence and open a dialogue on the bloodshed. In an annual open letter, 128 members of the Tiananmen Mothers castigated the Communist Party government for ignoring its calls for openness on the crackdown that occurred June 3-4, 1989 and vowed never to give up their fight.  (Photo by CATHERINE HENRIETTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Could Mikhail Gorbachev Have Saved the Soviet Union?

The Soviet leader is remembered as the man who killed a superpower. But Gorbachev’s gambit on reforms could have worked -- if only he wasn't betrayed by the Communist Party.

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves to the press as she leaves her daughter's apartment building after resting on September 11, 2016 in New York.
Clinton departed from a remembrance ceremony on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks after feeling "overheated," but was later doing "much better," her campaign said. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Conspiracy Theorists Think Hillary Clinton Has a Body Double. She’s Not Alone.

Does Hillary Clinton have a body double? Well, did Saddam Hussein? What about Joseph Stalin?

(FILES) A picture taken in Moscow on August 20, 1991 shows a group of Yeltsin supporters, including a Soviet colonel with the Russian flag, walking towards the Russian Parliament, as thousands of Muscovites are gathering around the building to support President of Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin to protest against the toppling of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev by communist hardliners early on August 19. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL EVSTAFIEV        (Photo credit should read )

Even Vladimir Putin Cannot Kill the Russian Revolution

Twenty-five years after the great revolution that toppled the Soviet regime, the spirit of dignity and freedom still burns.

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