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Section: The American Interest (USA)

      Putinist Rule Minus Putin?
      Jul29

      Putinist Rule Minus Putin?

      Editor’s Note: This is the second essay in a multi-author series on “Getting Russia Right.” Read the first installment by Karina Orlova here, and the second by Carla Anne Robbins here.The Russian tradition of top-down rule has a long history, but Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was not condemned to follow it over the past couple of decades. It...

      Trump, Russia, and the Democrats’ Golden Opportunity
      Jul24

      Trump, Russia, and the Democrats’ Golden Opportunity

      “Putin has won.” This intercepted message to Kirill Dmitriev, a Kremlin crony and CEO of the state-sponsored Russian Direct Investment Fund, sent on the night Donald Trump won the presidency slipped through the heavy redactions on page 149 of Robert Mueller’s report. What lies beneath the black ink surrounding this declaration—including the...

      Could Jeremy Corbyn Destroy the Special Relationship?
      Jul17

      Could Jeremy Corbyn Destroy the Special Relationship?

      The resignation last week of Britain’s ambassador to the United States was a reminder of the sorry state of the special relationship—as if one were needed. The strains on the allegiance that, with a healthy dollop of self-flattery, we Brits think is essential for the United Kingdom, the United States, and even the rest of the world, are...

      Putin Tests the EU’s Mettle
      Jul16

      Putin Tests the EU’s Mettle

      As Europe is sweating out yet another hot summer, energy executives and policymakers are working out how their fellow citizens will survive the next winter. The urgency of their task is underscored by the current Ukrainian gas transit contract, which will expire on January 1, 2020. Unless this state of affairs is remedied, the gas flowing through...

      “Such a System is Chemically Incompatible with Democracy”
      Jul12

      “Such a System is Chemically Incompatible with Democracy”

      Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigori Chkhartishvili, Russia’s best-known writer of detective and historical fiction. Akunin is an expert on Japanese literature (he’s editor-in-chief of the 20-volume Anthology of Japanese Literature). He is also a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Akunin spoke out in 2014 against the...

      There’s Something About Putin 
      Jul08

      There’s Something About Putin 

      Editor’s Note: This is the second essay in a multi-author series on “Getting Russia Right.” Read the first installment by Karina Orlova here.After two years of “Putin’s Master Plan” and “New Cold War?” chyrons, it’s not surprising to see some pushback. Unlike President Trump’s “Russia hoax” denials, these revisions are...

      What If Trump Had Lost In 2016?
      Jul05

      What If Trump Had Lost In 2016?

      “Never had a Presidential campaign flamed out so spectacularly as that of Donald J. Trump in 2016,” wrote Mark Halperin in Game Over: The Shock Cruz Victory. “The object of media fascination in Iowa and a surprise winner in New Hampshire, the ludicrous political dreams of the host of the Apprentice were toast, sunk by the Access Hollywood Tape...

      The Fight for the Poorest Country in Europe
      Jul02

      The Fight for the Poorest Country in Europe

      It’s not often that the United States and Russia find common ground in Eastern Europe, and it’s even rarer that one of Europe’s poorest countries inspires cautious optimism. Yet that is just what has happened in tiny, landlocked Moldova last month, as popular unrest against oligarchic rule and the outside mediation of American,...

      Focus on Eurasia, Invest in Allies, Rethink Globalization
      Jun28

      Focus on Eurasia, Invest in Allies, Rethink Globalization

      For 20 years now the United States seems to have been caught in a state of strategic inertia, with the regnant ideology of globalization and open-ended small wars having all but overpowered our ability to redefine our national security priorities. It’s as though victory in the Cold War—and the subsequent commingling of the heady liberal...

      Putin, Unclassified
      Jun26

      Putin, Unclassified

      We Need to Talk About Putin: How the West Gets Him WrongMark Galeotti Ebury Press, 2019, $19.95, 160 pp. Editor’s Note: This is the first essay in a multi-author series on “Getting Russia Right”. Coming next week: Carla Anne Robbins.Mark Galeotti’s new book, We Need to Talk About Putin—subtitled “How the West Gets Him Wrong”—is a...