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Vladimir Putin



  • What Will Russia Look Like Without Putin?

    by Joy Neumayer

    A transformation of Russia after the end of Putin's leadership will require unwinding the countless institutions that have been molded and warped around his power for decades, so that another authoritarian can't step right in to use them. 



  • Putin's Invasion of Ukraine Won't Set Off a Nuclear Scramble

    by Eric Brewer, Nicholas L. Miller, and Tristan Volpe

    It seems that Russia's invasion of Ukraine may eventually help the cause of nuclear nonproliferation, if the United States approaches its allies with the right mix of defense assurances and aid to civilian nuclear power that may serve as a "hedge" to reassure other governments that they could develop weapons, even if they don't. 



  • Perspective: Using a Nuclear Weapon Would be Disastrous for Russia

    by Steve Cimbala and Lawrence J. Korb

    Russia has retained much of the Soviet-era's top-down command structure, which removes decisionmakers from both the real-world context and consequences of big decisions. This presents a danger that those leaders will misundersand the catastrophic result of a nuclear bomb. 



  • Tim Snyder: Why Putin Wants the Republicans in Power

    Although the Republicans are split, it seems clear that Putin is working to boost the isolationist elements of the MAGA movement at a moment when Ukrainian forces are close to defeating Russia's invasion with international and American support. 



  • Look to Russia's Civil War to Explain Current Carnage in Ukraine

    by Adam Hochshild

    The brutality of the Russian war against Ukraine shows few of the linguistic, ethnic, or religious markers that have often accompanied human rights abuses by armies. Thinking of the conflict as a war to maintain empire explains the scope and nature of violence.


  • On Putin's Vacant Moral Imagination

    by Walter G. Moss

    Russia's stances toward Ukraine and the west in general reflect its leaders' inability, perhaps nurtured by the Soviet system, to view world affairs through another's perspective. 



  • Putin's Rule is Weakening. Then What?

    by Timothy Snyder

    A shift in rhetoric from prominent Russian politicians has revealed fissures in their relationships to Putin, suggesting that they are positioning themselves to benefit from a difficult war in Ukraine and a possible political upheaval.



  • Tim Snyder: Russians Openly Contemplating Post-Putin Era

    Domestic politicians warning of the danger Russia faces from the stalled Ukraine war are partly trying to rally nationalistic fervor and partly positioning themselves for a possible struggle for power in the event that Putin loses control. 



  • The War Won't End Until Putin Loses

    by Anne Applebaum

    It's premature and wishful thinking to believe that Putin will consider any of the "off ramps" offered as solutions to the war.