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Boris Yeltsin

Putin's Artful Jurisprudence

Russia's legal reforms centralized power and allowed the creation of informal rules that ensure elite loyalty.

The Road to Moscow

Since the end of the cold war, American foreign policy toward Russia has been dismissive of Russian interests. Acknowledging that a country has separate aims does not mean we cannot work toward common goals.

Putin's Third Way

With the rise in oil prices and a conservative fiscal policy, Russia turned from a debtor nation into an economic powerhouse, creating a compromise between the excesses of the free market and the inefficiencies of a command economy

The Friend of My Enemy

The road to a solution for America’s Iran problem runs through Moscow. How to think about the costs—and benefits.

Mexico's Wasted Chance

How Vicente Fox squandered his revolution and what it means for the future.

A Strategic Defense Initiative

This is not your father's "Star Wars." Missile Defense is real, it's coming, and it will be a indispensible instrument of American power.


G-20: Long Shadow Hangs Over U.S.-Russia Relations

A cancelled bilateral meeting was a blunder—can the two leaders move forward?

Russia's Unpopular Intelligentsia

Democracy-loving Russian intellectuals don't enjoy popular support.

Russia Responds to U.S. by Punishing Orphans

The new antiadoption law harms Russia's interests. It's also plain mean.

Books & Reviews

An Ambiguous Legacy

Boris the Not-So-Great.

Suddenly and Peacefully, Review of Michael Dobbs' Down With Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

Gone is Churchill's "enigma wrapped in a mystery." Russia's media and many of its archives, along with its borders, have opened.

European Hamiltonians

François Duchêne, Jean Monnet: The First Statesman of Interdependence (New York: W.

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April 19, 2014