The Central Asian exit plan will cost the American taxpayer more than twice as much as the Pakistani alternative.. Worse, the plan's success depends completely on the goodwill of Russia and its mercurial Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
The last thing we need in a president is a political chameleon stuck in a Reagan-esque time warp with a black and white view of the world, and a "Panderer-in-Chief" who caters incessantly to the lowest common denominator of the American voter.
Russia needs to "reset" its relationship with its own people by respecting their right to freedom of speech and assembly, and work toward shaping a political system that is more inclusive and transparent.
Laughing mockery of power may let off steam. But it may also be a sign of something consequential: that many Russians, audacious and without fear, feel that Putinism has become an embarrassment and a hindrance.
There's a lot of confusion about the ballyhooed NATO Summit in Chicago, intended as a big boost to Obama's geopolitical leadership, showcased in his hometown. Here are some big outstanding questions about NATO's future.
The task Alexey Navalny has set himself, exposing corruption in Russia, seems too big for one person. But Russians are sick of corruption -- and this could topple Putin, Navalny says.
Police have stepped up their efforts to contain and disperse street protests, including through mass arrests, while the protesters themselves have taken to drifting around the city in order to evade their pursuers.
A special representative of the president of the Russian Federation, Alexander Tkachev, paid his first official visit to Abkhazia. During his meeting ...
All of this has provided tangible rewards, albeit not the media-friendly variety that the opposition had become used to. Indeed it may well not be until the next parliamentary elections in 2015 that the benefits of a grassroots focus become apparent.
In every way imaginable, this administration has telegraphed -- no, tweeted -- its weakness to the Russians. Based on our experience dealing with Russians -- at the top and the bottom levels -- they respect strength -- constancy and firmness. Let's see some of it.
In the Russian Federation, there are no laws specifically regulating the conduct of PMSC abroad. But that is not to say there are no relevant laws.
At CBS, I got to see the tough Mike in action several times. My favorite was in 2005, when Mike came to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It has been interesting to hear just about every Republican presidential contender claim that he or she is the true Reagan heir.
Bringing democratic reform to Russia will require concerted effort by the United States, our allies, NGOs, and the Russian people. Opening Russia's market under WTO rules can play a useful role in this effort.
If the existential slicing and dicing of pork from pig answers the ethical objections to meat-eating, can there be any real objection to the cultivation and consumption of vat-grown people meat?
The Russians are not our friends. No one wants a new Cold War to break out. President Obama's willingness to conspire with Dmitry Medvedev at a secret meeting raises the most serious questions about his character and his policy.