While confronting Russia undermines popular support for American and European leaders, Putin, by contrast, is finding that fighting the West enhances his popularity.
One draws from The Americans the realization that the KGB, with its division of "wet operations" (assassinations) is far more lethal than most Americans ever dreamed of. Clandestine activity is not just a way of life, it is a way of Russian life.
The elections in Ukraine, which are scheduled for May 25, are far more than an opportunity to choose a president. It is an anchor on which our future hinges.
I'm imagining President Obama, President Putin and myself in a room. Strange thing to imagine, I suppose. And the one catch is that none of us can come out of the room until we decide what to do with Syria.
The golden rule is that national minorities can not exercise their right to self-determination externally, this right being granted only to nations. By minorities' rights we refer to "individual rights" and not "collective rights."
Both men are taking a turn toward nationalism as they confront internal threats to their leadership. Both countries are facing a slowdown in economic growth that has been the cornerstone of popular support over the past decade, and both are seeing increasing public anger over corruption at the highest levels of government.
The image of Orthodoxy according to Putin is vastly different, and has been further complicated by some of America's political religious right's agreement with Putin.
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Rather than simply managing crises over the short-term, the United States needs to be more organized and realistic when its deals with the Kremlin.
Political pandering between Russia and the United States has led to increased turmoil in the realm of child welfare.
I have been watching Russian and French television all day, and for the former, fascinating TV agitprop -- отдел агитации и пропаганды -- set against the grand fireworks display in Moscow and Sebastopol.
Just when the Obama administration is straining to isolate the Kremlin with a new round of sanctions as punishment for the annexation of Ukraine, a major U.S. ally trotted off to Moscow last week to strike a series of military and economic deals with the Russian government.
Hillary vs. the media bit is a good narrative frame for her, no matter its accuracy. It's certainly accurate enough to have some credibility. And then there's the fact that the public doesn't think much of the news media. This week, in fact, we've seen how it can work for her.
It's both the best of times and the worst of times for the free speech rights the network is supposed to support. To break the cycle of repression we must look more closely at the tools protesters and reporters use and ask whether they further the cause of freedom, or just make speakers more vulnerable.
As I talk to my peer parliamentarians and politicians in Europe, I see a lot of sympathy but not a clear understanding of what must be done. Fortunately, and perhaps unexpectedly, policy options to deescalate the crisis that are clearly in the EU's economic interest abound.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a byproduct of the choice that America made in the late 1980s, when it could have helped the Soviet Union navigate into the European mainstream, but instead tried to emasculate the Great Power to its bone.