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

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

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

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

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Why this Ukrainian ‘revolution’ may be doomed, too

May 17, 2015

U.S. serviceman trains Ukrainian soldiers during joint military exercise in Yavoriv

A serviceman of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (R) trains Ukrainian soldiers during a joint military exercise called "Fearless Guardian 2015" outside Lviv, Ukraine, May 12, 2015. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

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What does Vladimir Putin really want in Ukraine?

February 2, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects laboratory projects as he visits the National Mineral Resources University in St. Petersburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects laboratory projects as he visits National Mineral Resources University in St. Petersburg, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

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In 2015, Vladimir Putin may witness his empire’s death knell

December 16, 2014

Russia's President Putin chairs a meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi

The year ahead could see the outbreak of the third Chechen war, which, in turn, could be the death knell of the Russian Federation in its current borders. 

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Vladimir Putin’s religious, ethnic rhetoric gets a little scary in Russian state-of-the-union address

December 4, 2014


Vladimir Putin lives in a scary world, where enemies plot tirelessly to undermine, trick, and destroy Russia. Containment wasn’t just a Cold War policy but a practice of Russia’s rivals for centuries. Even without a conflict in Ukraine, the United States and European Union would have come up with another pretext for imposing economic sanctions; they were an inevitable response to a rising Russia.

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Five smart takes explain the Russia-Ukraine conflict from square one

September 2, 2014


Ever since the Ukrainian revolution in February this year, the Eastern European country has witnessed spiraling political instability and bloodshed.

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Putin’s already paying dearly for Ukraine – and looks willing to sacrifice much more

August 12, 2014

Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin has adopted a “go it alone” approach throughout the Ukraine crisis and regularly describes his country as “independent” and nonaligned. But Moscow is not as isolated as Putin makes out. The fact that he cannot see this reality -- or chooses to ignore it -- has produced a series of decisions that has seriously undermined Russia’s global role.

Why Antwerp is under threat as the world’s diamond trading centre

May 27, 2014

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U.S. v Russia: Searching for Kennan

April 28, 2014

No matter how counterintuitive it may seem, Washington needs to stop lecturing Russian President Vladimir Putin if it wants to resolve problems with him.