The Great Debate

Vladimir Putin picks Turkey over U.S. as the enemy in annual Q&A

By Lucian Kim
December 21, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev - RTX1Z33F

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

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

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

Syria is the next arena on Vladimir Putin’s comeback tour

By Lucian Kim
September 18, 2015
Fireworks explode above St. Basil's cathedral during "Spasskaya Tower" international military music festival at Moscow's Red Square

Fireworks explode above St. Basil’s cathedral during the “Spasskaya Tower” international military music festival at Moscow’s Red Square, Russia, September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Europeans ‘not grasping’ the importance of Ukraine

By John Lloyd
September 14, 2015
A Ukrainian serviceman embraces his wife and child after returning from the frontline in the eastern regions, at a railway station in Kiev, Ukraine

A Ukrainian serviceman embraces his wife and child after returning from the frontline in the east, at a railway station in Kiev, Ukraine, September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Why this Ukrainian ‘revolution’ may be doomed, too

By Lucian Kim
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

Nuclear midnight ticks closer in wake of Russia’s Crimea threats

By Sharon Squassoni
March 23, 2015
Russian President Putin watches the launch of a missile during naval exercises in Russia's Arctic ...

Russian President Putin watches the launch of a missile during naval exercises in Russia’s Arctic North on board the nuclear missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great), Aug. 17, 2005. REUTERS/ITAR-TASS/PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

Vladimir Putin’s Russia is treading water in a sea of red ink

By William E. Pomeranz
March 19, 2015
Russia's President Vladimir Putin is seen through the glass of C-Explorer 5 submersible after a dive in the Baltic Sea

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) is seen through the glass of C-Explorer 5 submersible after a dive in the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Vladimir Putin’s absence proves chaos will be his only successor

By Masha Gessen
March 17, 2015
A mock funeral plate, depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin as former German dictator Adolf Hitler, which is being used as part of a "Funeral of Putin" performance in a front of the Russian embassy in Kiev

A mock funeral plate, depicting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin as former German dictator Adolf Hitler, which is being used as part of a “Funeral of Putin” performance in a front of the Russian embassy in Kiev, March 15, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

How war in Ukraine led to Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov’s death

By Lucian Kim
March 2, 2015
A portrait of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday night, is seen during a march to commemorate him in central Moscow

A portrait of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday night, is seen during a march to commemorate him in central Moscow March 1, 2015. The words under the portrait reads “These bullets are meant for each of us.” REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov