Russia's New Cabinet

The nominations for the new cabinet are the clearest sign yet that President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister–designate Vladimir Putin are planning to work “in tandem” to govern Russia.

(Not) All About Dmitry

Dmitry Medevdev will be sworn in as Russian president today. Instead of trying to psychoanalyze the man at the helm, Washington should judge Moscow by its actions over the coming years.

Reagan Plagiarized

The road to the White House is paved with Reagan intentions. But very little Reagan action. Why the pundits and the presidential candidates are getting it wrong.


Somewhere between liberal democracy and autocracy lies the political netherworld of the post-Soviet states. Will countries like Georgia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan ever be totally free?

Deconstructing Taiwan's Election

Sunday’s elections in Taiwan, which brought the Nationalists to power, will likely lead to better relations with the mainland. Still, that doesn’t mean cross-strait tensions are going away.

State of Arrest

The arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood's online editor, Khaled Hamza, is just the tip of the iceberg in a larger pattern of Egyptian repression of reformists. These actors are good for the us and we should take notice of these injustices.

Russian Roulette

American commentators think they know what is best for Russia, looking to the “democratic” days of Yeltsin. But they’re really just taking a gamble.

Do No Harm

Sometimes our procedures do more harm than good. Pakistan may heal best on its own.

Anatol Lieven