Here's hoping this dampens a centuries'-long identity crisis.

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The ways the U.S. and E.U. sanctions against Russia could cause an economic crisis.

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Looking at the crisis in Crimea as a return to Soviet obscures more than it clarifies

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A joke from Odessa: “I stopped speaking Russian,” says a Russian-speaker. “Why?," responds another. "Afraid that Ukrainians will beat you?” “No," the man explains. "I'm afraid Russians will come to protect me.”

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To see Crimea's future, look at the last time Putin's Russia decided to unilaterally re-draw the map of Europe.

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This is the true end of history—the history of dreams about a world ruled by democratic values and the market economy.

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Ukraine signed an Association Agreement with the E.U. on Friday, the same agreement that former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign in November, triggering the mass protests that led to the current situation. The agreement establishes “an all-embracing framework to conduct bilateral relations” between Ukraine and E.U. member states. E.U.

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The Kremlin tends to take its anger with the U.S. out on its own. 

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Recent events show that Putin might understand the world order and the nature of political systems better than most analysts and policymakers.

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The decline of Soviet Union–era glory, of energy dominance, and of land itself—these are all losses that, according to prospect theory, could explain Putin's actions of late. 

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