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Section: The American Interest (USA)

      The Case for Sanctioning Putin’s Propagandists
      Nov01

      The Case for Sanctioning Putin’s Propagandists

      Last week, Moscow was shaken by a murder attempt on a journalist at the independent, liberal radio station Echo of Moscow. Tatiana Felgengauer, 32, miraculously survived after a man walked into the station’s Moscow studio and stabbed her in the neck.Vladimir Putin spoke up about the assault yesterday, describing it as the unfortunate but...

      The Young and the Restless of the Maidan Generation
      Oct31

      The Young and the Restless of the Maidan Generation

      “I have bad news for the hucksters in power: people from all over Ukraine have gathered here to demand change!” Georgia’s ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili shouted passionately from the stage on October 17 in Kyiv. Cheered sporadically by a crowd of protesters under a canopy of party flags, including those of his own Movement of New Forces,...

      Turkey’s Ukrainian Gambit
      Oct30

      Turkey’s Ukrainian Gambit

      Reading the headlines, one could be forgiven for thinking that Russia has become, all of a sudden, Turkey’s new best friend. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his loyalists are up in arms against the U.S., which they have branded the archenemy. The EU, and especially Germany, has long been on Turkey’s bad side. Vladimir...

      The New-Old Fatalism
      Oct27

      The New-Old Fatalism

      Historical inevitability is back in vogue for the first time since the aftermath of the Great Depression. Now as then, a rather crude form of economic determinism is the single engine of this supposed inevitability, and now as then, too, it purports to offer simple and precise answers to a range of complex social and political questions. In its...

      The Reach and Limits of Russian Influence
      Oct23

      The Reach and Limits of Russian Influence

      Russia’s influence in the Balkans is real and easily observed. Both before and since the Ukrainian crisis, it has affected the region in a multitude of ways. Moscow’s rising military might has far reaching consequences for the security posture of NATO and its members bordering the Black Sea. The Russian oil and gas companies, Gazprom,...

      Fifty Shades of Czech Populism
      Oct23

      Fifty Shades of Czech Populism

      This past weekend’s elections in the Czech Republic show the ideological permissiveness of populism. Czech voters dallied with a dizzying array of populist parties from extreme Right to extreme Left, with multiple shades in-between. In a proportional representation system with a 5 percent threshold, three of these parties together garnered...

      Russia’s Potemkin Democracy Goes Glamorous
      Oct22

      Russia’s Potemkin Democracy Goes Glamorous

      Vladimir Putin has not yet announced his candidacy for Russia’s presidential election in 2018, but the race does have at least one early entrant: Ksenia Sobchak, the daughter of Putin’s first boss and the so-called “Russian Paris Hilton”, is officially running for president.The Kremlin, of course, has given Sobchak’s candidacy...

      Society and Rulers
      Oct20

      Society and Rulers

      The prospect of a relatively stable outcome to Putin’s anticipated next term depends on the way that Russia’s central authorities manage their relationship with the country’s wider society over the course of 2018-2024. The Putin regime has made enforcing domestic discipline its main priority and thereby limited its options. The...

      Disinformation and the Decay of Nations
      Oct20

      Disinformation and the Decay of Nations

      Discord is a niche social media platform used by the video gaming community to organize strategies for competing in massive multiplayer online worlds. It has also been used by the extreme Right to plan international revolution. Extremist discussions on Discord are hard to penetrate. During September’s German election, for example, anyone...

      Austria Swings Right
      Oct17

      Austria Swings Right

      In a year of surprise elections in Europe and the United States, Austria’s vote on Sunday did not disappoint. But the surprises didn’t come in the form of upsets. Overall, the polls leading up to the election proved to be accurate. As predicted, the center-right People’s Party (ÖVP) led by the baby-faced foreign minister...