Nikolai Sokov
(National Interest) The upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki has generated a storm of warnings about the possible collusion between two presidents intent on crushing the existing international system, on the one hand, and the rest of the...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) The culmination of United States President Donald Trump’s European tour occurs today (July 16), in Helsinki, at the anxiously anticipated but far-from-perfectly prepared meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump comes to the rendezvous carrying the baggage of old problems and new...
PONARS Eurasia
(Wall Street Journal) After Boris Yeltsin's resignation in December 1999, Vladimir Putin became acting president of the Russian Federation ahead of being elected outright the following spring. Four American presidents--Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and now Donald Trump--have since...
PONARS Eurasia
(Point & Counterpoint) A century ago, on July 16-17, 1918, the Bolsheviks executed the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, and his family. How is this event being commemorated in today’s Russia? Maria Lipman describes the circumstances of the assassination and speaks with Aleksey Makarkin, vice-...
Kimberly Marten
(Foreign Affairs) Ask most commentators and you’ll hear that next week’s summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki is doomed to failure. The United States and Russia share few regional or global interests and have clashed over Russia’s alleged...
Vladimir Gelman
(Eurasia Review) A society ignores its technical experts at its peril. Nations that hope to contribute and compete in the modern world require skilled professionals, especially in complex areas such as taxation and banking. Political leaders cannot govern without such professionals. Power struggles...
Natalie Koch
Why do autocrats build spectacular new capital cities? In The Geopolitics of Spectacle, Natalie Koch considers how autocratic rulers use "spectacular" projects to shape state-society relations, but rather than focus on the standard approach—on the project itself—she considers the unspectacular "...

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