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Members of the Russian military police hand out food aid to Syrians arriving in a convoy carrying displaced people in Idlib province, on June 1, 2018, with a banner on a Russian military vehicle seen in the background showing the portraits of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad , and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia Doesn’t Solve Conflicts, It Silences Them

The Kremlin’s involvement in the Middle East has raised Moscow’s profile while letting underlying tensions fester.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Russia Policy Is Better Than Obama’s Was

The U.S. stance on Russia may have reached a post-Cold War high point.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, 2017. (Jorge Silva/Getty Images)

Trump Still Doesn’t Take Russia Seriously

Rather than speaking out against Putin, the U.S. president is playing into Moscow’s hands.

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev ahead of an informal Commonwealth of Independent States leaders summit at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on Dec. 26, 2017. (Alexey Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images)

Azerbaijan’s Election Is a Farce

The United States should be condemning Ilham Aliyev’s corrupt regime rather than condoning it.

Russian President  Vladimir Putin enters a hall to meet with other candidates a day after the presidential election, at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 19, 2018.

How Not to Pressure Putin

Britain needs strategic patience, not shrill denunciations, to keep Russia in check.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks past sailors of the German Navy while visiting the "Braunschweig" warship on January 19, 2016 in Kiel, Germany.

Merkel’s Military Revival

Germany is poised to become Europe’s first line of defense, but facing down a revanchist Russia will require more spending and better coordination among NATO allies.

Boris Johnson stands in front of St Basil's Cathedral during a visit to Red Square  on Dec. 22, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. (Stefan Rousseau-Pool/Getty Images)

Britain Has No Clue Why It’s Punishing Russia

Before you sanction Putin, it would help to know what you're after.

Investigators collate forensic samples near the Maltings shopping center in Salisbury, England, on March 16, as investigations continue after a former Russian spy and his daughter were apparently poisoned in a nerve agent attack on March 4.
(Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Is Poisoning Prague

Russian corruption starts small but quickly spreads.

Vladimir Putin in front of a map of Arab countries on April 27, 2005 in Cairo. 27 April 2005 in Cairo. (YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Is in the Middle East to Stay

Here is what the United States should do about it.

Jon Huntsman, at the time a Republican presidential candidate, visiting a restaurant to greet voters on Jan. 15, 2012. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Trump’s Man in Moscow

Most of Washington is scared to meet with Russians. Jon Huntsman wants to meet as many as possible.

Russian President Vladimir Putin waves after delivering a speech at a forum of volunteers in Moscow on December 6, 2017. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Banality of Putin’s Potemkin Elections

The tremendous effort that goes into producing a fake vote.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on a computer screen in an internet cafe in Moscow. (DENIS SINYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

I’m Sorry for Creating the ‘Gerasimov Doctrine’

I was the first to write about Russia’s infamous high-tech military strategy. One small problem: it doesn't exist.

The X-43A hypersonic research aircraft is launched from the B-52B launch aircraft. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Pentagon Official Says U.S. Hypersonic Weapons Research Underfunded

Amid reports of a new Russian missile, DARPA's chief says the United States lacks infrastructure.

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. 
 (Alexander Nemenova/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Isn’t a Genius. He’s Leonid Brezhnev.

Why Russia’s strongman economy can’t reform.

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