(EDM) This year’s G7 summit, held in Quebec, Canada, on June 8–9, was overcome by seemingly unprecedented controversies even before United States President Donald Trump suggested bringing Russia back into this elite club of the world’s largest liberal-democratic economies. Only the newly appointed...
(U.S. News & World Report) If one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's goals is to undermine American leadership in the world by driving a wedge between the U.S. and its Western partners, he likely is smiling today. During his marathon annual call-in show on Thursday, Putin joked about a...
(WP) The journal Post-Soviet Affairs recently published a special issue on politics and identity in Ukraine. The question of Russian vs. Ukrainian identity has been central to the study of Ukrainian politics for decades now, but especially so since the “Euromaidan” protests of 2014, Russia’s...
(YaleGlobal) Ambiguity contributes to global uncertainty and risks, but can be a force for good when practiced consensually. MOSCOW: Ambiguous behavior, doctrines and statements have gained popularity as foreign policy instruments among great and smaller powers alike over the last decade. Ambiguity...
(WP) On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin will once again answer questions from citizens in his annual, multi-hour, live television call-in show, “Direct Line With Vladimir Putin.” Many observers describe these shows as entirely fake, and “Direct Line” is indeed a highly staged and...
(Newsweek) Russia, China and a handful of other regional powers will deploy around 3,000 troops and 500 weapons systems for joint counterterror exercises that will take place in Russia’s Ural Mountains in August, Russia’s military announced Monday. Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (...
(U.S. News & World Report) In January, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Kim Jong Un for establishing a nuclear weapons program that "solved his strategic task," calling the reclusive 30-something North Korean leader "an absolutely competent and already mature politician." Then...

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