• Poles Apart: Putin, Poland and the Nazi-Soviet Pact

    by Geoffrey Roberts

    As the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, two of that war’s main victims – Poland and Russia – are once again embroiled in a highly emotional dispute about its origins. At the heart of the matter is the perennial controversy about the Nazi-Soviet pact of 23 August 1939. 

  • Putin’s Big Historical Lie

    by Anne Applebaum

    In a series of comments in late December, the Russian president appeared to blame Poland for the outbreak of the Second World War.

  • Putin’s Stasi ID Is Found in German Archive

    Long before he was president of Russia, Vladimir Putin worked as a K.G.B. officer in Dresden in the former East Germany and had access to Germany’s dreaded secret police.

  • Who Putin Is Not

    by Stephen F. Cohen

    Falsely demonizing Russia’s leader has made the new Cold War even more dangerous.

  • Mr. Trump goes to Helsinki

    by William R. Polk

    Hard truths we need to face.  One of which is this: Mr. Trump’s boorishness is not the issue.

  • Is the West in Disarray?

    by Bruce W. Dearstyne

    That sounds like a topic from another era. But it’s shockingly of the moment.

  • To understand Putin, you must understand Russian history

    The calamities of the Soviet collapse planted Mr. Putin’s single-minded aim to position Russia as “a strong and sovereign nation” — terms in which he describes Alexander’s Russia in the 1880s.