Russia vs. Belarus: Money for Sovereignty?

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by Tatyana Ivanova Russian President Vladimir Putin may be plotting to repeat the Crimean scenario in Belarus. At the beginning of the year, Putin started talking about a deeper integration of Russia and Belarus. This was a surprise even to… Continue Reading  

Land Grabs and the Rules-Based Order

Angela Merkel, Donald Trump, and other world leaders at the G-7 Meeting (Jesco Denzel)

by Paul R. Pillar The main takeaway from the recent G-7 summit obviously is the striking damage to U.S.-allied relations from Donald Trump’s posturing and accusations about trade. Also worth assessing, however, is a different and milder disagreement between the… Continue Reading  

The New New Cold War

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by John Feffer When an epoch ends, as the Cold War did between 1989 and 1991, it takes some time to come up with a name for the new order. For some years, the world lived in a “post-Cold War”… Continue Reading  

Kremlin Subsidies Keeping Crimea Afloat

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by Eurasianet Crimea is becoming a growing financial burden for the Russian government. Under a three-year budget plan set to start in 2018, Moscow is covering over three-quarters of the peninsula’s operating costs. The de-facto State Council of the Republic… Continue Reading  

What Is to Be Done About the “Russian Question?”

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by Igor Torbakov The October Revolution of 1917 was not a singular event, but five years of violent political upheaval and social radicalization, culminating with the establishment of the Soviet Union in 1922. It set the empire’s many peoples on… Continue Reading