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Vladimir Putin



  • 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. 


  • The Dangerous Trend of Imperial Nostalgia – It's not Just Russia

    by Lawrence Wittner

    The embrace of the belief that nations are entitled to reclaim their past dominance underlies Russia's invasion of Ukraine but also is influencing the politics of Britain, France, China, and the United States. A renewed commitment to international cooperation is needed to thwart this dangerous turn. 



  • Is this the End of the Russian Empire?

    by Walter Russell Mead

    Historic empires have all ultimately faced a moment of reckoning when the reality of their fading power overcomes triumphal myths. The next phase of fighting in Ukraine will determine if that moment has come for Putin's Russia. 



  • How Putin Conquered Russia's Oligarchs

    A key for Putin's consolidation of power was not eliminating the post-Soviet oligarchy but shaking it down for protection money and political obedience.



  • Tim Snyder: How Putin Misjudged the Western Response

    Did Putin interpret the January 6 attack on the Capitol as evidence that American democracy and the Biden administration were too fracture and weak to coordinate a response to the invasion of Ukraine? 



  • Is Putin a New Constantine?

    by Daniel Gullotta

    "In short, Putin seems to strike some conservatives as a new Constantine for a new Christendom standing against progressive totalitarianism."



  • Now is the Time to Revisit Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism

    by Anne Applebaum

    The political and economic supports for stability and prosperity in the developed world are more precarious than ever; the revival of authoritarianism that Arendt predicted may be at hand, making her work more vital than ever. 


  • The Two Russias

    by Walter G. Moss

    Russia's literary traditions evoke a national character in stark opposition to the belligerent machismo of Putin, but it's unclear which Russia will prevail today. 



  • Putin's Anti-Gay War on Ukraine

    by Emil Edenborg

    The Kremlin's political campaign of traditionalism has made homophobia into politics, and nationalism has made homophobia into geopolitics. 



  • Putin: Can' Win, Can't Afford to Lose

    by Max Boot

    As long as residents of Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities have access to food and weaponry continues to come into the country, it's unlikely that Russia can prevail in an occupation. But Putin may not be politically able to avoid trying anyway.