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Republican Putinism

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In Conservatism
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On April 5, 2022
I know that there’s nothing particularly new about regimes using state power to reward supportive oligarchs and corporations while destroying opponents. But the current “global patrimonial wave” — and its relationship to democratic backsliding — tracks back not just to Orbán but, ultimately to Putin. So we should call it what it is: “Putinism.” Greg […]
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The Korea Analogy

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In foreign policy , Trump-Russia , war
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On March 15, 2022
Paul’s post about David Remnick’s interview of Stephen Kotkin reminds me of another interview that Kotkin recorded in February. In that earlier interview, Kotkin draws an analogy between Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine and Stalin’s decision to give Kim Il-sung the “green light” to invade South Korea. The comparison not only highlights the dysfunctions of […]

Denazification

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On March 1, 2022

Is this the “denazification” Putin has been blathering on about? Ukraine’s president has aired his frustration on Twitter over the missile strike on the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial

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The key is to assume the worst

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In Trump-Russia
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On January 12, 2019
Basically everyone that I know with national-security experience, or even academic knowledge, was deeply disturbed about the lack of documentation of Trump’s Helsinki meeting with Putin. It turns out that it’s much, much worse than we feared. President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, […]

Putin

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On December 18, 2014

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Although I am always skeptical of moment of journalists using moments of crisis to write of leaders, domestic or international. After all, oil is not going to sta

This is kind of old, but I still have to acknowledge the fabulous theater of it all: Moving quickly to stamp out growing unrest, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin flew to the small town of Pikalyovo on Th

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