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Russia / World

12 April 2018

Deluded Dreams of a Third Rome

Russia’s future is uncertain enough without more fantasies about its role as a “Third Rome.” Those will only lead to delusion, dismay and outright danger. 

30 March 2018

Learning the right lessons, too late

Moscow’s foreign policy experts are saying the Kremlin’s foreign policy must change—but it’s too little, too late 

20 March 2018

It's time to get used to Russia’s new "normality"

How long can Putin's current foreign policy be sustained?

23 February 2018

Language as a Soft Power Tool in Central Asia

Chinese, Russian and English are all competing to be Central Asia’s lingua franca. This has a bearing on the region’s ties to the rest of the world, as well as an impact on domestic political culture.

21 February 2018

Russia is Serving Iranian Interests in Eastern Syria

The Russian media’s focus on determining the death toll of Russian mercenaries in Syria obscures a wider challenge: Russia’s actions there are relying on Iran, and benefitting Iran. The benefits for Russia are far less clear.