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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, on March 22, 2013. (Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Defending America Means Defending Democracy

With China and Russia on the rise, the United States leaves the field uncontested at its peril.

A man looks at a caricature depicting Russian Premier Vladimir Putin as Leonid Brezhnev on his computer screen in Moscow on Oct. 5, 2011. 
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Putin Isn’t a Genius. He’s Leonid Brezhnev.

Why Russia’s strongman economy can’t reform.

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at a map in his country at his residence of Novo-Ogaryevo outside Moscow, on Aug. 11, 2006. (Dmitry Astakhov)

Russia’s Clash With the West Is About Geography, Not Ideology

The Marshall Plan recognized the limits of U.S. power in Europe. To be successful, so must diplomacy with Moscow today.

Vladimir Putin walks near a new Russian fighter jet Sukhoi T-50 on June 17, 2010. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Moment

Russia's highly-touted peace conference to end the war in Syria was an utter debacle.

Bill Browder testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in July 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Enemy of the State

Bill Browder helped craft U.S. policy toward Russia. Was it for the better?

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. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 14 (Alexey Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Praises, Defends Trump and Revs Up Own Re-election Bid

In his annual marathon press conference, the Russian president buttered up his American counterpart and cut loose from the party he once led.

Russian President Vladimir Putin during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.  (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Putin Uses Olympic Ban to Rally Support for His Presidential Bid

The IOC’s unprecedented ban on Russia for sports doping feeds his narrative of a nation under siege.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 17, 2015. (Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin Isn’t as Russian as He Seems

The Russian president cloaks himself in nationalism, but that’s not where his heart is.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on former national security adviser Michael Flynn's lying to the FBI prior to his Marine One departure from the South Lawn of the White House Dec. 4, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Is Guilty

The only remaining question is what exactly he’s guilty of.

A Russian police officer in Moscow patrols Red Square with the Kremlin in the background on Jan. 7, 2003. (Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Has Been Torture for Foreign Correspondents in Russia

The Russia stories everyone wants aren’t the ones people in Russia can provide.

Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada during the 2016 U.S. presidential race. (Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

Trump Is Commander-in-Chief of the War on Mainstream Media

The President’s assaults on the truth aren’t a hobby – they’re an obsession.

Protesters burn an image of U.S. President Donald Trump fashioned on a swastika as they march the streets of Manila during the start of the ASEAN meetings between heads of state on Nov. 13 in Manila, Philippines. (Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

Trump’s Worst Trip Ever. Until His Next One.

A look back at the American president’s rollercoaster ride through Asia.

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