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Burundi, Politics of Ego and Not Ethnicity?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Ethnicity is a tool rather than the cause for the reappearance of discord in Burundi. As means to rationalize his grab for perpetual office, President Pierre Nkurunziza has reached into the bag of tricks of stoking fear of "the other." That is a zombie from the past that can rise from the dead.

John Kerry Meets Putin To Gauge Flexibility On Ukraine, Syria

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

By Arshad Mohammed and Denis Dyomkin SOCHI, Russia, May 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met President Vladimir Putin...

John Kerry, Putin To Meet To Discuss Iran, Syria, Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday to discuss I...

These Photos Of Young Putin Give A Rarely Seen Look At Russia's Leader

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.13.2015 | World

The sometimes shirtless, usually serious image of Russian President Vladimir Putin is a ubiquitous sight in international politics. As one of the most...

Chechen Leader Allows His Men To Open Fire On Russian Federal Troops

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 04.23.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — In defiance of those in Moscow eager to curb his powers, Chechnya's strongman leader told his security forces to open fire on Russian ...

Cyprus: Russia's Potemkin Village in the European Union?

Athéna Tacet | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Athéna Tacet

The recent deal between Cyprus and Russia may seemingly have no real short-term impact on the EU or Russia's politics in the Balkans. But it is in fact part of Russia's grand design to bypass the sanctions, stabilize and increase its foreign expansion in the EU, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Five Bizarre Moments From Putin's Marathon Call-In Show

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.16.2015 | World

If you had the chance, what would you ask Russian President Vladimir Putin? On Thursday, Putin spent four hours live on Russian state television a...

Marginalize Mideast; End-Stage Childlessness

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Robert Whitcomb

The metastasizing Mideast chaos and violence have shown yet again the limitations of American power there. We're backing and opposing groups in a fluctuating toxic religious, ethnic, tribal and national stew and frequently contradicting ourselves as we do.

The Déjà Vu of Russia's Rough Justice

Alex Storozynski | Posted 04.09.2015 | World
Alex Storozynski

As Europe commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a troll army secretly floods websites with pro-Putin propaganda while Russian government officials openly defend the indefensible. Moscow archivists are spreading misinformation to whitewash Soviet history.

On Beyonce, Putin and Breaking Through Our Growing Illusion of Powerlessness

Lisa Bennett | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Lisa Bennett

Afraid and powerless is an awful combination, especially when it seems other people, mainly the rich and famous, have all the power. But there is another deep, perhaps less often spoken truth these days: And that is, we still want and need to make a difference.

Putin Offers Cooperation With Greece After Meeting With Tsipras

AP | By NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 04.09.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin offered Wednesday to increase cooperation with Greece on energy and industry — but stopped short o...

Why Putin Needs to Read 'War and Peace'

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Andrew D. Kaufman

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a secret fascination with Leo Tolstoy. As a young KGB agent, he purportedly made a pilgrimage to the Leo Tolstoy Museum and Estate at Yasnaya Polyana. But for a guy who says Tolstoy is his favorite writer, Putin is, well, a very bad reader.

Moscow Condemns 'Anti-Russian Campaign' In U.S.

Reuters | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

MOSCOW, April 3 (Reuters) - Russia expressed outrage on Friday over a "frenzied anti-Russian campaign" by U.S. media and political analysts, stepping ...

The Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival: From Vladimir Putin to Margaux Hemingway

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

And if the festival is not enough to intrigue, one can always walk around the port of Thessaloniki, brimming with bars and outside tables, with people enjoying grilled octopus, kalamata olives, melted feta cheese and animated conversation (where is that crisis?)

Putin Is a Soviet Leader for the 21st Century

Maxim Trudolyubov | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
Maxim Trudolyubov

MOSCOW -- Today's Russia rejects Western-style competition, the rule of law and independent institutions while allowing capitalism and certain changes to economic and social policy under strictly controlled limits. The result is an attempt to strengthen the Soviet experiment and take it to its logical conclusion. Thus, the Putin regime defines "better" not in absolute terms, but as improving upon the performance of former Soviet leaders.

Putin Returns

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

Putin Returns

What to Do About the Putin Problem?

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

Like almost everyone, I find Putin's policies objectionable, and I think he's potentially dangerous. I'm certainly not sympathetic to him, nor do I admire him. But I think he's shrewd. I also think we have largely underestimated him as a leader and his hostility toward the West.


AP | IRINA TITOVA | Posted 05.16.2015 | World

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Looking fit and joking about all the fuss over his unexplained 10-day absence from public view, President Vladimir Put...

Russia Launches Massive Arctic Military Drills

AP | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 05.16.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Monday launched sweeping military maneuvers in the Arctic and other areas, a show of force ordered by Presiden...

Kremlin's Troll Army Is Quiet: Sign of a Coup?

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Andrea Chalupa

On Friday, those of us who share factual information about the situation on the ground in Ukraine noticed an eerie silence had befallen Twitter: Why w...

Where In The World Is Vladimir Putin?

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.15.2015 | World

Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn't been seen in public in 10 days, and the world is starting to wonder why. Putin's absence has stretched fro...


Reuters | Posted 03.15.2015 | World

MOSCOW, March 15 (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on a report from the independent news outlet Dozhd on Sunday that sai...

Differences Among Iraqis Over Iran's Role in the War on ISIS

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Today, there is no evidence showing that Arab leaders or Sunni leaders in Arab countries, Turkey, and Pakistan have a calculated long-term strategy. The political and security strategy against the US Iranian deal and to counter Iran's regional expansion is absent both as far as the near and long terms are concerned.

What Happened To Putin?

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2015 | World

MOSCOW, March 13 (Reuters) - A wave of savage mockery broke over President Vladimir Putin across the Internet on Friday, sparked by days of absence fr...

Putin's Spokesman Dismisses Rumors About Russian Leader's Poor Health

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 05.12.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Speculation is swirling in Russia about the state of Vladimir Putin's health, as an unusual spell outside the public eye fuels the rum...