The Great Debate

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

As tensions with Russia spiral, where is NATO?

By Robert Newton
March 18, 2015
German troops who are part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), attend a memorial ceremony for slain soldiers, in the German Army's Camp Marmal in Mazar-e-Sharif

German troops who are part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), attend a memorial ceremony for slain soldiers, in the German Army’s Camp Marmal in Mazar-e-Sharif, May 8, 2013. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Russia’s air corps is a powerful but fading force

By Robert Beckhusen
March 18, 2015
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A Russian air force SU-30SM at the MAKS airshow at the Ramenskoye Airport near Moscow, Aug. 29, 2013. Vitaly V. Kuzmin/Wikimedia photo

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

Lithuania prepares for a feared Russian invasion

By Ola Cichowlas
March 16, 2015
Lithuania's Army soldiers march during independence restoration celebrations in Vilnius

Lithuania’s Army soldiers march during independence restoration celebrations in Vilnius, March 11, 2009. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Tsar Vladimir Putin is always right

By Nina Khrushcheva
March 12, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a forum dedicated to the civil society in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a forum dedicated to the civil society in Moscow, January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

A strategy for defeating Islamic State from an unlikely source

By Jack Goldstone
March 11, 2015
Shi'ite fighters fire a rocket during clashes with Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province

Shi’ite fighters fire a rocket during clashes with Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province, March 1, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Al-Hussain

Military analysis of what Russia really wants reveals nuclear dangers

By Commodore Philip Thicknesse
March 10, 2015
Russian amphibious vehicles drive in formation during celebrations to mark Navy Day in the far eastern Russian port of Vladivostok

Russian amphibious vehicles drive in formation during celebrations to mark Navy Day in the far eastern Russian port of Vladivostok, July 27, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

Germany finally seeing Vladimir Putin for who he really is

By Lucian Kim
March 9, 2015
Newly mobilized Ukrainian paratroopers fire machine gun during military drill near Zhytomyr

Newly mobilized Ukrainian paratroopers fire a machine gun during a military drill near Zhytomyr, March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Is Russia’s conflict with Ukraine really about trade? If so, this might help.

By Christian Friis Bach
March 6, 2015
Ukraine's President Poroshenko is seen on a tv monitors as he addresses both European and Ukrainian parliaments during a live videoconference between Kiev and Strasbourg

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is on TV monitors as he addresses both European and Ukrainian parliaments during a live video conference between Kiev and Strasbourg, before a vote on the EU-Ukraine Association agreement at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler