The Great Debate

Allies of convenience: China’s Xi Jinping’s just not that into Vladimir Putin

By William Johnson
March 24, 2015
Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) walks past China’s President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon RTR4DN94

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

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

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

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

Lessons from the death of Russia’s Boris Nemtsov, a Putin foe

By John Lloyd
February 28, 2015
A woman reacts as she visits the site where Boris Nemtsov was recently murdered, in central Moscow

A woman reacts as she visits the site where Boris Nemtsov was recently murdered, in central Moscow, Feb. 28, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin