Vladimir Putin

Obama's Olympic Message to Putin: We're Here, We're Queer
December 19, 2013

Barack Obama's excellent Olympic snub of the Russian autocrat 

Russia's Liberals Are Watching Ukraine's Revolution Very Closely—And So Is Putin
December 02, 2013

In case you missed it, Kiev has been exploding over the last few days.

It's Easier than Ever to Charge Someone with Piracy
It's Not Just Vladimir Putin: Governments Around the World Are Making it Easier to Jail Someone as a Pirate
November 30, 2013

It's not just Vladimir Putin who's arresting activists for piracy. In international law, the term has changed meanings.

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.

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