Putin Wants to Dissolve the Russian People and Elect Another
The Russian president was a man of the common people—until the common people started making demands.
Trump Once Wanted to Negotiate With Russia Over Nukes. Then Mueller Happened.
The U.S. president might be too hemmed in by the Russia probe to attempt a successor to the INF or START treaties.
What Putin Really Wants in Syria
Russia never sought to be a small-time fixer in the Middle East. Its goal was to reclaim its status as a global power broker.
The Unintended Consequences of Trump’s Decision to Withdraw From Syria
It has already empowered Russia and Iran while undermining the Kurds.
There’s One Country in Europe Where Putin Is a Rock Star
The Russian president’s visit to Serbia was a lovefest—but beyond the odes to Orthodox brotherhood, the two authoritarian leaders are using one another to advance a geopolitical agenda.
The True Mystery Man in the Trump Probe: Putin
Even if Trump is impeached, U.S. investigators are unlikely to find the Russian president’s fingerprints.
Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback
With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.
The Belarusian President Won’t Go Down Without a Fight
Tensions between Moscow and Minsk have sparked worries over another Russian annexation.
Putin’s Public Enemy
The Kremlin is going after Russian rappers, but the government can't control a culture it doesn't understand.
How Putin Is Perfecting His Border Plan
From the Kremlin’s pro-Trump meddling in 2016 to its threats to Ukraine, Georgia and other border states, nearly everything has gone its way.
Putin Doesn’t Sweat His Unpopularity
Whatever the Russian president is doing in Ukraine, it isn’t because of his falling poll numbers.
Ethnic Nationalism Gave Georgia Freedom. Now It Needs Civic Nationalism to Survive.
The Caucasus is a complex ethnic and religious patchwork, and only a shared identity can help Georgians push back against Putin.
New Sanctions Won’t Hurt Russia
Washington thinks punitive measures will change Moscow’s calculus, but the Russian economy is doing just fine.
Russians Don’t Like the Kremlin’s Election Interference Either
In one gubernatorial race, a scandal might be a sign of Putin’s decline.
The International Army Games Are Decadent and Depraved
What attending a tank biathlon outside of Moscow taught me about contemporary Russia.
Teen’s Detention in Russia Prompts Public Outcry
The young woman belonged to a political group whose members may have been entrapped by a police informant.
A Russian Attack on Montenegro Could Mean the End of NATO
Trump doesn’t think the country is worth defending. Putin has already tried to destabilize it once—the West can’t let it happen again.
The Summer of Israel’s Contentment
Politicians are exploiting a period of relative calm to gamble with the country’s future.