In all the talk about escalating the effort to oust President Bashar al-Assad that has emerged following the re-election of President Barack Obama, there seems to be a notable void when it comes to considering what the Russian reaction might be.
Putin is a victim of his own economic success. Prosperity and stability in the past decade helped create the new urban middle class, which now wants political change to match its economic achievements.
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.
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.