Putin’s Crooked Road to Damascus

[:en]By Andrei Kolesnikov MOSCOW – When Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, he knew he would grab the world’s attention and upstage US President Barack Obama with his call for a united front in the battle against the Islamic State. But Putin was Read more…

Diplomacy at the Top of the World

[:en]By James F. Collins, Ross A. Virginia & Kenneth S. Yalowitz WASHINGTON, DC – Geopolitical tensions between Russia and the West have been high in recent years, but there remain areas where constructive cooperation and dialogue remain possible. These include not only acute questions like Iran’s nuclear program, but also Read more…

Putin in the DockPutin in the Dock

By Paul Roderick Gregory STANFORD – To read the international press, one would think that the last two years have been good ones for Russian President Vladimir Putin. His campaign in Ukraine has largely achieved its main goals; Russia has wrested control of Crimea and destabilized large portions of the Read more…