Our Top Weekend Reads
Wuhan faces quarantine as coronavirus spreads, Imran Khan discusses China, and Trump picks up Ukraine conspiracy theory.
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.
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.
Succession and Punishment
Putin’s plans to avoid leaving power show that he hasn’t solved a central puzzle of Russian politics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Newly Aggressive Turkey Forges Alliance With Libya
Erdogan’s latest bid to reshape the Mediterranean provides military support to Tripoli against Russian-backed rebels.