from The Great Debate:

A dangerous moment for Ukraine’s fragile ceasefire

By Lucian Kim
January 25, 2016

Ukraininan President Petro Poroshenko (L) looks back, followed by Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) after a meeting in Minsk, February 11, 2015. The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine were due to attend a peace summit on Wednesday, but Ukraine's pro-Moscow separatists diminished the chance of a deal by launching some of the war's worst fighting in an assault on a government garrison.          REUTERS/Grigory Dukor (BELARUS  - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Ukraininan President Petro Poroshenko (L) looks back, followed by Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) after a meeting in Minsk, February 11, 2015. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

from The Great Debate:

Corruption in Ukraine is so bad, a Nigerian prince would be embarrassed

By Josh Cohen
December 30, 2015

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko attends a joint news conference with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (unseen) at the EU Council in Brussels, Belgium, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko attends a joint news conference with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (unseen) at the EU Council in Brussels, Belgium, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

from The Great Debate:

Want to move your tank battalion to take on a threat? NATO’s got a form for that.

By Lucian Kim
November 26, 2015

An Abrams main battle tank, for U.S. troops deployed in the Baltics as part of NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve, leaves Riga port March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) - RTR4SLF7

An Abrams main battle tank, deployed in the Baltics as part of NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve, leaves Riga port March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

from The Great Debate:

The continuing Soviet collapse

By John Lloyd
November 9, 2015

A crane lifts a monument of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union, in St. Petersburg April 15, 2010. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

A crane lifts a monument of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union, in St. Petersburg April 15, 2010. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

from The Great Debate:

War is decided on the battlefield. Why peace is decided in Berlin.

By Lucian Kim
November 5, 2015

German Chancellor Merkel and Ukraine Prime Minister Yatsenyuk arrive for Ukrainian-German economic conference in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk pose for media prior to a Ukrainian-German economic conference in Berlin, Germany, October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

from The Great Debate:

Putin rehashes Ukraine rhetoric on Syria, but Nazi comparisons fail to convince

By Ian Bateson
October 7, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande sit together at the start of a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and French President Francois Hollande sit together at the start of a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 2, 2015.REUTERS/Etienne Laurent/Pool

from The Great Debate:

Russia’s fight in Syria reflects the Kremlin’s fears at home

By Paul Stronski
September 29, 2015

Russian Mil Mi-26 Halo helicopter flies over the Red Square during the Victory Day parade in Moscow

Russian Mil Mi-26 Halo helicopter flies over the Red Square during the Victory Day parade in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti

from The Great Debate:

Imperial overreach: How Putin’s move into Syria could bring his government down

By William E. Pomeranz
September 28, 2015

A general view shows the Temple of Bel in the historical city of Palmyra

These are the ruins of the Temple of Bel in the historical city of Palmyra, Syria, once the seat of a great empire. On August 30, 2015, Islamic State destroyed it. REUTERS/Sandra Auger

from The Great Debate:

What Obama can learn from Vladimir Putin

By Josh Cohen
September 28, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Putin in Los Cabos

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Los Cabos, Mexico, June 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

from The Great Debate:

Vladimir Putin wants his seat back at the world’s table. How far will he go to get it?

By Masha Gessen
September 17, 2015

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Vladimir Putin did not call Elton John and suggested they meet to discuss LGBT rights in Russia, but a lot of people believed that he did. On Monday, John wrote a post on Instagram saying that he had received the phone call. On Tuesday, the post went viral, penetrating even the Russian pro-government print media. By close of business, Putin's spokesman denied that the call had ever taken place. On Wednesday, an experienced Russian prankster, nicknamed Vovan, released a recording of the conversation in which he impersonated Putin and his partner, nicknamed Lexus, impersonated the Russian president's press secretary.