Slouching in a fancy chair in front of a dozen reporters, Putin squirmed and rambled. And rambled and rambled. He was a rainbow of emotion: Serious! angry! bemused! flustered! confused! So confused. …
Gone was the old Putin, the one who loves these kinds of press events. He’d come a long way [...]
Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized by a pervasive pattern of disregard for the feelings of others and often the rules of society. Psychopaths have a lack of empathy and remorse, and have very shallow emotions. There is no consensus about the symptom criteria for psychopathy, and no psychiatric or psychological organization has sanctioned a [...]
Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili knows a thing or two about Russian invasions. He warns that Ukraine may not be able to stop an all-out war with Russia.
There may be no way to stop Vladimir Putin from starting a hot war with Ukraine, so Ukraine and its Western allies must prepare for the worst [...]
Don’t be fooled by Putin’s façade; the pillars of Russian power are steadily declining.
Everywhere one looks today, signs of a resurgent Russia are omnipresent. Although Vladimir Putin has undoubtedly worked hard to craft this image, it is a mirage. Russia is doomed over the long-term, and its short-term maneuvers aren’t enough to compensate for [...]
The worldview of Russian President Vladimir Putin could be summed up along these lines:
Moscow’s precipitous decline in global influence since the Soviet breakup must be reversed. Russia must be respected as the dominant power in former Soviet republics like Ukraine. Russia is entitled to a strong voice in the Middle East based on longstanding [...]
The Kremlin threatens the West again, but most of all it hurts the Russian people.
It is pleasant to be proved right—up to a point. With the body count rising and Kiev’s Independence Square in flames, illusions about Vladimir Putin’s Russia are smoldering too. I have been decrying the Putin regime since its inception. As [...]
However, what is not in dispute is that significant portions of the earth, rather than follow the dictates of Progress and Rationalism, are simply harder and harder to govern, even as there is insufficient evidence of an emerging and widespread civil society. Civil society in significant swaths of the earth is still the province of [...]
Ukraine’s citizens realize what is at stake here far more than do State Department functionaries or an oblivious President Obama. This is not merely a battle over democracy or human rights as we use those terms today but a potential war for independence. America used to understand what that meant.
What is the single greatest cause of Ukraine’s tragic strife, the primary cause of so much grief in the region and beyond? Take a look back at the Euromaidan timeline. Think how it began, this latest round of deadly instability featuring tanks, live gunfire, kidnappings, deaths, the state tweeting sinister mass threats – with lots [...]
What is the secret of his political survival? What does he hope to achieve by staying in power? Why has he rejected the westernising policies of his predecessor? Is he a mere throwback to the Soviet past or a new kind of Russian leader? Why does he seem to oscillate between pragmatism and conflict in [...]