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A police officer checks the temperature of a driver at a highway in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 24, 2020.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Wuhan faces quarantine as coronavirus spreads, Imran Khan discusses China, and Trump picks up Ukraine conspiracy theory.

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Impeachment Trials and Conspiracy Theories: A Match Made in Hell

Does Russia get too much or too little credit in fueling the Ukraine scandal? As with everything these days, it’s too hard to tell.

Russian national guard members patrol along Moscow's Red Square on Dec. 30, 2019.

For Russia, Impeachment Can’t Be Over Soon Enough

Despite the shadow cast by election interference, many leading Russians—even Putin—would like to get back to normal dealings.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Arctic cosmodrome in Plesetsk on Feb. 18, 2004.

Succession and Punishment

Putin’s plans to avoid leaving power show that he hasn’t solved a central puzzle of Russian politics.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony on the 75th anniversary of the Leningrad siege near St. Petersburg on Jan. 18.

Vladimir Putin Wants to Rewrite the History of World War II

The Russian president’s amateur history lessons are outraging neighboring countries. While he is right to criticize a recent EU Parliament resolution, his historical revisionism doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin meets with acting members of the cabinet in Moscow on Jan. 17.

Russia’s New Prime Minister Augurs Techno-Authoritarianism

Mikhail Mishustin used the art of surveillance to master the science of tax revenue collection. Now he may lend that expertise to enhance Putin’s authoritarian state.

Then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in 2010

Putin Is Planning a Partial Retirement

The Russian president may never leave the political stage—but he's now ready to take a step back.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a New Year’s address to Russians in central Moscow on Dec. 31, 2017.

Putin Is Following the Game Plan of Other Autocrats Before Him

And moves like his Jan. 15 announcement generally work—both to secure a leader’s power and ensure a favorable transition down the road.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Mishustin

‘Russia’s Political Transition Has Arrived Ahead of Schedule’

The entire Russian government has resigned as Putin charts his country’s political future—one that will certainly still include a leading role for him.

An AfD election brochure in Russian and German

Immigrants Are Big Fans of Germany’s Anti-Immigrant Party

The fiercest devotees of the far-right AfD aren’t native Germans but migrants from Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shaking hands with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

Putin Moves to Heighten Russia’s Role After Suleimani Killing

The Kremlin is expected to leap at a chance to further undermine U.S. credibility in the Middle East.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko

To Keep Putin Out, Belarus Invites the U.S. and China In

With Pompeo planning to visit, authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko is looking to play an old game with new players.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg chairs the NAC-ICI meeting of NATO member states.

The World Didn’t Change Much in 2019. That’s Bad News for 2020.

Several important events occurred this year, but few did anything to significantly alter global trends.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters evacuate a wounded comrade near the Syrian border.

Our Top Stories of 2019

From turmoil in northeastern Syria to censorship in China, here are the stories that caught our readers’ attention this year.

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Our Top 5 Debunkers of 2019

Russian expansionism is overhyped and Huawei isn’t the untouchable behemoth we think it is. Here are our top Debunkers of 2019.

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala, left, and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu

Newly Aggressive Turkey Forges Alliance With Libya

Erdogan’s latest bid to reshape the Mediterranean provides military support to Tripoli against Russian-backed rebels.

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