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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

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When Vladimir Putin looks in the mirror, does he see Syria’s Assad?

September 21, 2015

Election poster of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and a photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin are seen on a car at al-Qardahah town

Election poster of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and a photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) are seen on a car at al-Qardahah town near Latakia city May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled al-Harir

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Why do Vladimir Putin and his Kremlin cronies look so nervous?

By Andrei Kolesnikov and Andrew S. Weiss
September 8, 2015

Russian President Putin listens to Crimean Prime Minister Aksyonov and presidential aide Levitin while inspecting transport infrastructure facilities in southern Russia onboard helicopter in Novorossiysk

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) listens to Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov (L) and presidential aide Igor Levitin onboard a helicopter in Novorossiysk, Russia, August 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

from The Great Debate:

Are there any reasons for hope in the Middle East? Maybe.

By Henri J. Barkey and David F. Gordon
August 27, 2015

An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media on August 25, 2015 purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. REUTERS/Social Media

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A $620,000 watch tells what time it is in Vladimir Putin’s Russia

By Gregory Feifer
August 23, 2015

Russia's President Putin's spokesman Peskov attends a meeting with the Venezuelan delegation, led by President Maduro, at the Kremlin in Moscow

Russia's President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting with the Venezuelan delegation, led by President Nicolas Maduro, at the Kremlin in Moscow, July 2, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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Vladimir Putin’s most effective weapon is gas – but not the poison kind

By Josh Cohen
July 28, 2015

Russia's President Putin and China's Vice Premier Zhang attend a ceremony marking the start of the construction of the "Power of Siberia" pipeline in Us Khatyn

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and China's Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli attend a ceremony marking the start of the construction of the "Power of Siberia" pipeline at the village of Us Khatyn September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

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Russia-Ukraine conflict: Proof of MH17 tragedy’s real culprits grows

By James Miller
July 17, 2015

A pro-Russian separatist holds a stuffed toy found at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region

A pro-Russian separatist holds a stuffed toy found at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

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Why Russia’s turn to China is a mirage

By Björn Düben
July 8, 2015

Russia's President Putin welcomes China's President Xi Jinping during their meeting at Kremlin in Moscow

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes China's President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko

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How to empower Ukraine and bring Moscow back to the table

By Jan H. Kalicki
July 6, 2015

Members of Ukrainian armed forces gather on armoured vehicle on roadside near village of Vidrodzhennya

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces near the village of Vidrodzhennya, outside Artemivsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 9, 2015. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

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Want to escalate U.S.-Russia tension? Arm Ukraine.

By Josh Cohen
July 2, 2015

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces prepare a weapon at their position located near the town of Horlivka

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces prepare a weapon at their position located near the town of Horlivka, north of Donetsk, Ukraine, June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko