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Russian Navy Commander in Chief Adm. Vladimir Korolyov, President Vladimir Putin, and Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu examine a globe in St. Petersburg on July 30, 2017. (Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin forages for mushrooms during a visit to Tuva, in southern Siberia, on Aug. 26. (Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Doesn’t Sweat His Unpopularity

Whatever the Russian president is doing in Ukraine, it isn’t because of his falling poll numbers.

A convoy of Russian troops makes its way through the mountains in the village of Dzhaba on August 9, 2008 as Georgian troops battled with Russian forces over breakaway provinces.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he talks with Igor Sechin, the CEO of oil giant Rosneft, following his meeting with Italy's Prime Minister in Sochi on May 17, 2017. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

New Sanctions Won’t Hurt Russia

Washington thinks punitive measures will change Moscow’s calculus, but the Russian economy is doing just fine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin waits to greet the South Korean prime minister ahead of their meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, on Sept. 12. (Sergei Chirikov/AFP/Getty Images)

Russians Don’t Like the Kremlin’s Election Interference Either

In one gubernatorial race, a scandal might be a sign of Putin’s decline.

Belarus' crew on a T-72B3 battle tank competes in a final relay race of the tank biathlon competition at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on Aug. 11. (Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)

The International Army Games Are Decadent and Depraved

What attending a tank biathlon outside of Moscow taught me about contemporary Russia.

Anna Pavlikova, a Russian teen who was arrested on charges of organizing an extremist group, listens during a hearing in Moscow's Dorogomilovsky District Court on Aug. 16. (Valery Sharifulin/TASS Images/ Getty Images)

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 demonstrator wears a mask bearing a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin as protesters gather for a march to defend human rights, freedom of speech, and democracy on July 15, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP)

Finland and the Bear

Russian meddling is a rising concern in Helsinki.

Montenegrin Army soldiers fire artillery look at the Montenegro flag during preparations on the eve of Independence day, on May 20, 2010 in Cetinje, Montenegro.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

The Summer of Israel’s Contentment

Politicians are exploiting a period of relative calm to gamble with the country’s future.

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

Trump Should Work With Putin to Develop a New Framework for Syria

U.S.-Russia relations have reached a generational low—but there’s still room for cooperation to avert a wider war in the Middle East.

Radoslaw Sikorski, a former Polish minister of foreign affairs and defense, in Krakow, Poland, on December 17, 2017.  (Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

‘We Have No Idea What President Trump Would Do in a Crisis with Russia.’

Poland’s former defense and foreign minister explains how Trump left Eastern Europe in the lurch.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with House Republicans in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 17. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

How Much Damage Did Trump Cause in Helsinki?

The president’s disgraceful remarks could have disturbing results.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump speak to the press after a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Performance in Helsinki Shouldn’t Have Come as a Surprise

U.S. allies in Europe are resigned to a trans-Atlantic relationship that keeps getting worse.

Alexander Vershbow, the U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation from 2001 to 2005 and former deputy secretary-general of NATO, steps up to his chair after addressing delegates in Budapest on May 18, 2015. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Unless They Pay a Price for It, They’re Going to Keep Doing It.’

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia says Trump can’t hold Moscow accountable by “winging it.”

A woman is locked up in a transparent suitcase reading "Stop Human Trafficking! 60 Years of Human Rights" on a luggage belt at the airport in Munich, Germany, on December 11, 2008. The Human Rights organization Amnesty International staged the action to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Putin Doesn’t Care about Sex Trafficking

Russia could have done something to prevent sexual exploitation of foreign women during the World Cup. It chose not to.

Musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi (C) is joined by other activists on July 11, 2018 in Kampala, Uganda during a protest against a controversial tax on the use of social media.

Africa’s Attack on Internet Freedom

While Washington turns a blind eye, autocrats across the continent are muzzling their citizens online.

Britain's then-foreign secretary Boris Johnson, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for a working dinner meeting at the NATO summit at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017.

Boris Johnson’s Great Leap Forward

Britain’s conservatives were once known for sensible stewardship of the economy. Now, the Tory Maoists are blowing it up.

U.S. President Gerald Ford (L) speaks with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev (R) during the European Summit focused on Security and Cooperation on August 7, 1975 in Helsinki.

Once Upon a Time, Helsinki Meant Human Rights

Trump’s summit with Putin risks tarnishing a legacy of Republican moral leadership.

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