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Putin funeral
WASHINGTON March 8, 2022
The anniversary of Stalin’s death last week was a cruel reminder inside Russia that history frequently repeats itself—and that toppling Putin wouldn’t necessarily put an end to his totalitarian politics, either.
A refugee after crossing the Ukraine-P oland border
WASHINGTON March 3, 2022
The unitary response from Europe has caught Americans off guard. But the invasion of Ukraine has touched a raw nerve on the continent, where the traumas of World War II are still keenly felt. Is the possibility of an “off-ramp” just a delusion of the always-optimistic American mind?
Maidan protest, 2014
WASHINGTON February 28, 2022
The view from the ground in Kyiv, where the national resistance is growing, and rumors of a Russian kill list hang in the air.
Russian tanks cross into Ukraine
WASHINGTON February 24, 2022
Putin’s deranged, cynical invasion evidences his profound intellectual discontinuity: why must Russia start a new war when its leader really just wants to fight the past?

Vladimir Putin at the Olympic Opening ceremony
WASHINGTON February 22, 2022
Either way, foreign policy experts in D.C. are already discussing how this crisis could forever reshape the region—and the world.
Ukraine car explosion
WASHINGTON February 18, 2022
Are we witnessing the outbreak of war in Ukraine? It certainly looks that way. But as with everything involving Putin, nothing is as it seems.
Russia, Belarus joint military drill
WASHINGTON February 15, 2022
War? No war? War tomorrow? It looks like Biden has boxed Putin into a trap of his own bizarre design.
Vladimir Putin
WASHINGTON February 10, 2022
A candid conversation with Dr. Andrey Sushentsov, a prominent Russian political scientist, about how Putin views the West—and what the Ukraine crisis is really about.

Vladimir Putin
WASHINGTON February 3, 2022
Vladimir Putin’s stance on Ukraine has started to shape-shift. Is he positioning himself for retreat? Five thoughts on the crisis behind the crisis.
American troops in Ukraine, 2015
WASHINGTON January 25, 2022
Notes on a crazy 36 hours, brinkmanship, Ted Cruz, and a bewildered Ukrainian premier.
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