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Maia Sandu, the winner of the recent election, wearing a face mask as she casts her ballot at a polling station during the second round of Moldova's presidential election in Chisinau, Moldova on Nov. 15, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Moldova’s Election Result Is a Blow to Russia’s Regional Dominance

The victory of the pro-Western politician Maia Sandu shows Putin is losing his grip over Russia’s near abroad.

Young activists and supporters of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden gather and dance on Black Lives Matter Plaza just outside the White House on Nov. 4.

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America’s democracy demotion, U.N. peacemaking in the age of plague, and Biden’s Putin challenge.

A mask of Russian President Vladimir Putin on sale at a souvenir stall in Saint Petersburg on Jan. 29, 2020.

Biden’s Putin Challenge

Biden has a clear-eyed view of the threat posed by Russia—but a lot of bad advice to ignore.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump talk at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, 2017.

Putin Expects a Long Confrontation With America Under Biden

As Putin refuses to congratulate Biden, all eyes in the Kremlin are on the president-elect’s new team.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence participate in the vice presidential debate moderated by Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today Susan Page at the University of Utah on Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Is a Vice President Who Doesn’t Know Much About Foreign Policy a National Security Risk?

Pence and Harris talked about international politics at the debate, but their performances will leave voters asking if they would be ready to act as commander in chief.

People hold Russian national flags during a celebration ceremony of National Flag Day at Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow on Aug. 22.

What It Would Take for Russia’s Millennials to Topple Putin

Younger Russians are dissatisfied with the regime but are generally apolitical. Here’s how to change that.

A gathering in support of Alexei Navalny

What Does Putin Stand to Gain (and Lose) by Going After Navalny?

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has survived his brush with a Russian nerve agent. But the attempt on his life says a lot about what Russia has become.

Demonstrators protest against the results of the recent Belarusian presidential election outside the Belarusian Embassy in Moscow on Aug. 12.

If Lukashenko Falls, Is Putin Next?

Russian autocracy is different, but Belarus should still be a cautionary tale.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Aleksandr Lukashenko plant a tree during a ceremony unveiling the Soviet Soldier Memorial near Rzhev, Russia on June 30, 2020.

Is Belarus Putin’s Next Target? 

As protests rock another post-Soviet state, the Kremlin could be in an annexationist mood. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Baku, Azerbaijan in December 2003.

Putin Is Ruling Russia Like a Central Asian Dictator

The Kremlin didn’t invent term limit resets and constitutional referendums. The autocratic leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan blazed the trail.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with his cabinet in the East Room of the White House on May 19 in Washington, DC.

Democrats See Senate Republicans Vulnerable Due to Trump’s Russia Problem

Trump’s continued reluctance to criticize Moscow over bounties has given Democratic contenders a fresh opening to attack lawmakers loyal to the White House.

U.S. President Donald Trump in Beijing

Trump Wants China on Board With New Arms Control Pact

Obama’s New START arms treaty limited Russian and American nukes. Now, U.S. officials want to rope in Beijing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for a meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.

U.S. Sees Russian Push to Consolidate Foothold in Georgia 

Russian-backed authorities in Georgia’s separatist regions are continuing to harden border crossings, limiting access for the United States and aid organizations.

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