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Vladimir Putin


  • On Putin's Vacant Moral Imagination

    by Walter G. Moss

    Russia's stances toward Ukraine and the west in general reflect its leaders' inability, perhaps nurtured by the Soviet system, to view world affairs through another's perspective. 



  • Putin's Rule is Weakening. Then What?

    by Timothy Snyder

    A shift in rhetoric from prominent Russian politicians has revealed fissures in their relationships to Putin, suggesting that they are positioning themselves to benefit from a difficult war in Ukraine and a possible political upheaval.



  • Tim Snyder: Russians Openly Contemplating Post-Putin Era

    Domestic politicians warning of the danger Russia faces from the stalled Ukraine war are partly trying to rally nationalistic fervor and partly positioning themselves for a possible struggle for power in the event that Putin loses control. 



  • The War Won't End Until Putin Loses

    by Anne Applebaum

    It's premature and wishful thinking to believe that Putin will consider any of the "off ramps" offered as solutions to the war. 


  • The Dangerous Trend of Imperial Nostalgia – It's not Just Russia

    by Lawrence Wittner

    The embrace of the belief that nations are entitled to reclaim their past dominance underlies Russia's invasion of Ukraine but also is influencing the politics of Britain, France, China, and the United States. A renewed commitment to international cooperation is needed to thwart this dangerous turn. 



  • Is this the End of the Russian Empire?

    by Walter Russell Mead

    Historic empires have all ultimately faced a moment of reckoning when the reality of their fading power overcomes triumphal myths. The next phase of fighting in Ukraine will determine if that moment has come for Putin's Russia. 



  • How Putin Conquered Russia's Oligarchs

    A key for Putin's consolidation of power was not eliminating the post-Soviet oligarchy but shaking it down for protection money and political obedience.



  • Tim Snyder: How Putin Misjudged the Western Response

    Did Putin interpret the January 6 attack on the Capitol as evidence that American democracy and the Biden administration were too fracture and weak to coordinate a response to the invasion of Ukraine? 



  • Is Putin a New Constantine?

    by Daniel Gullotta

    "In short, Putin seems to strike some conservatives as a new Constantine for a new Christendom standing against progressive totalitarianism."



  • Now is the Time to Revisit Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism

    by Anne Applebaum

    The political and economic supports for stability and prosperity in the developed world are more precarious than ever; the revival of authoritarianism that Arendt predicted may be at hand, making her work more vital than ever.