While separatist insurgency lingers in Russia’s North Caucasus, it is a far cry from the 1990s and early 2000s.
Russia’s proximity to North Korea will remind all concerned that potent external powers have very significant security assurances to offer Pyongyang.
The election will help Russia’s elites gauge how much power Putin really has.
Russia would argue that sanctions actually made defense companies more autonomous and more productive—but there are "serious challenges."
This is a dangerous and unstable approach to dealing with Russia: strong rhetoric backed by lukewarm action.
The Kremlin’s latest tactics seem designed to increase the variety of personalities allowed to run for president without threatening the outcome.
After a quarter-century monopoly on such capabilities, the United States finds itself essentially in the same predicament that the Russians or Chinese have faced since the end of the Cold War.
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