Vladimir Putin

The Gazprom logo is seen at the International Gas Forum in St. Petersburg on Oct. 7.

How Will Moscow Use Its Energy Leverage Over Europe?

The Kremlin holds one of the keys to resolving Europe’s energy crisis.

Maria Ressa holds up the warrant of arrest order after posting bail at a court in Manila.

A Nobel for Journalists Is a Direct Challenge to Authoritarians

Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s award will make leaders like Duterte and Putin think twice before attacking reporters—but only if democratic governments bolster the free press.

Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov

Russia’s Crazy Sham Election

To retain control in this weekend’s Duma elections, the Kremlin has reached very deep into its bag of tricks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is at German Chancellery.

Why Putin Is Obsessed With ‘Foreign Agents’

The Kremlin’s latest crackdown could ultimately backfire.

Merkel and Biden at the White House

Biden’s Surrender to Merkel on Nord Stream 2

His support for the pipeline abandoned a bipartisan consensus, got nothing in return, and made the world less secure.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the press at the U.N. headquarters in New York on March 1.

Russia Thwarts U.S. Bid to Expand Syrian Aid Corridors

But the rival powers strike a compromise that prevents catastrophic shut-off of lifesaving aid to Syrians.

Displaced Syrians are in a camp in Idlib province.

When Humanitarian Aid Becomes a Bargaining Chip

Cross-border access into Syria has become a stress test for Putin and Biden's nascent relationship.

A screen shows Putin speaking.

It’s Russia, Stupid (For Now)

Biden wants to focus on China. That’s a gift to Putin.

Peace activists wear presidential masks.

Putin and Biden Curb Their Enthusiasm

A “cold peace” is the best-case scenario coming out of this week’s summit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with NBC anchor Megyn Kelly at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 1, 2018. U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware on Jan. 15.

What Putin Wants From His Summit With Biden

With expectations low in Moscow, the Kremlin is looking for limited deescalation.

Putin and Modi at the 2016 BRICS summit

Asia’s Stakes in the Biden-Putin Summit

Geopolitical shifts have put a U.S.-Russian detente in the interest of much of Asia.

Protest against Russia in Idlib, Syria

The Biden-Putin Summit Can Kick-Start a Deal on Syria

Only Washington has the carrots and sticks to steer the conflict towards resolution.

Peace activists wearing masks call for more progress in nuclear disarmament.

Will Biden Blink Over Navalny?

A deadline for sanctions hangs over preparations for Biden’s first meeting with Putin.

Protest in support of Alexei Navalny in Vladivostok, Russia

With Putin’s Latest Crackdown, Russia Is Going Dark

As it goes full authoritarian, the Kremlin is targeting the last vestiges of civil society and independent media.

Russian President Vladimir Putin poses for a photo while on vacation in Siberia on March 21.

Putin Is No Unicorn

“Weak Strongman” argues that to better understand Russia, we need to move past our fixation with its president.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Oct. 5, 2018.

America’s India Problem Is All About Russia

Forget U.S. sanctions over arms deals. Indian-Russian alignment is in Washington’s best interest.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a video meeting of the Pobeda ("victory") organizing committee at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on July 2, 2020.

Time to Think About a World Without Putin

The Russian leader is contemplating his mortality—as are his backers.

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping toast during a State Luncheon for China hosted on September 25, 2015 at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Will Biden Have to Choose Between U.S. Interests and Human Rights?

A coup in Myanmar and Russia’s sentencing of Alexei Navalny raise questions about whether promoting U.S. values could weaken Washington’s hand when it comes to great-power competition.

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