Vladimir Putin

What Really Scares Vladimir Putin the Most
September 29, 2013

Helping Washington decode what the Russians are really after.

This Syria Resolution Is As Good As It Gets
And we won't get another one
September 29, 2013

On Friday night, the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted into being a resolution they floated 24 hours earlier to great acclaim.

The Machiavellian Genius of Angela Merkel
September 22, 2013

To state the obvious: Angela Merkel, who has just won a third term as German chancellor, isn’t very macho. Her preferred free-time pursuit is recreational nature walking.

Putin Wonders, Why Do Gays Have All the Luck?
September 19, 2013

Because we haven't spent enough time plumbing the depths of the psyche of Vladimir Putin this month, he offers us more diagnostic fodder. Speaking at the international conference at Valdai, Russia—which, if we're honest, is just a glorified session o

Obama Steps Back from the Syria Brink
A few lucky breaks led to a different speech than we expected
September 11, 2013

Barack Obama’s speech on Syria had a peculiar structure.

The Syria Solution: Obama Got Played by Putin and Assad
September 10, 2013

This, apparently, is how diplomacy happens these days: Someone makes an off-hand remark at a press conference and triggers an international chain reaction that turns an already chaotic and complex situation completely on its head, and gives everyone

Obama's Russia Reset Failed, But His Critics Don't Have Any Better Ideas
September 03, 2013

Peter Baker has a superb, deeply reported story in The New York Times on the Obama administration's attempted "reset" with Russia. According to Baker, the policy is "a case study in how the heady idealism of Mr.

Putin's Support for Assad is Just Words
August 29, 2013

As the White House struggles, agonizingly, down the road to striking Syria, Moscow has put on its own sideshow, railing against yet another American misadventure in a mysterious and tangled region.

This Video Proves That Trolling Russia Is Better Than Boycotting It
August 21, 2013

Former New Republic staffer and conservative writer James Kirchick went on RT today to talk about the Bradley Manning verdict.

Nine Pictures of Russians Protesting for Gay Rights
August 14, 2013

In The New Republic today, Julia Ioffe recounts eight horrifying and uplifting stories of being gay in the new Russia, amid hate crimes and the criminalization of "gay propaganda." Here are the Russian activists fighting against discrimination.