All major powers — the United States, its NATO allies, China and Russia — are conducting military exercises more often and on a larger scale than ever.
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China has no interest in Russia succumbing to U.S. pressure, breaking apart or becoming a global power. Its interests are in keeping Russia as its stable strategic hinterland and a natural-resource base.
The sad truth about February's revolution in Kiev is that the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych ended the regime of one-clan dominance, but not the oligarchical system of governance that underpinned it.
Even if there is no war, the Crimea crisis is likely to alter fundamentally relations between Russia and the West, and lead to changes in the global power balance.
Parallel to the Sochi Olympics, another contest is already under way between the terrorists who seek to disrupt the games and the security forces of the Russian state.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's end goal in his Syrian diplomatic initiative is to put the U.S. back into the U.N. Security Council box.
With Russia's 2012 presidential elections effectively over since Vladimir Putin's decision to reclaim his old Kremlin office, it is time to turn from personalities to policies. Putin plans to stay in the Kremlin for two more presidential terms, another 12 years, as he is ...
MOSCOW — NATO soldiers marching in Red Square on V-E Day; Moscow agreeing on a compromise resolution of the 40-year-old sea-boundary dispute with Norway; the sight of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin kneeling at the memorial to the Polish officers murdered by Josef Stalin at ...
MOSCOW — Westerners often see Russian politics in terms of a high-level struggle between liberals and conservatives: Ligachev and Yakovlev under Mikhail Gorbachev; reformers and nationalists under Boris Yeltsin; siloviki and economic liberals under Vladimir Putin. Westerners also view Russia in terms of a tradition ...