“Near Abroad”

Russia’s Traumatic Politics

My article in The New Republic, “Is Russia Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?” In Collapse of an Empire, Yegor Gaidar, the Russian economist and 1990s shock

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Graffiti for Crimea

There’s a new campaign in Moscow: “Two Thousand Russian Buildings.” The campaign seeks to paint two thousand buildings in the two capitals with patriotic graffiti.

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The Gendarme of Eurasia

My new article for Warscapes, “The Gendarme of Eurasia.” Here’s the opening excerpt: In 1830, in response to the crowning of Louis-Philippe as king of

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The Cost of Crimea

If and when Russia absorbs Crimea, acquiring the peninsula isn’t going to come cheap. The real cost of Crimea might not be sanctions from the

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