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Section: The American Interest (USA)

    Euromacht: Brussels über Alles?
    Jul24

    Euromacht: Brussels über Alles?

    While the elites of the Western world are still publicly reeling from Brexit and Trumpet (the trauma that followed the 2016 U.S. presidential election deserves its own somewhat silly appellation), some have already seized the opportunities offered by those shifts in the international order. This is particularly true for European...

    The Private Putin Meeting and Trump’s Legitimacy
    Jul19

    The Private Putin Meeting and Trump’s Legitimacy

    At a dinner at the G20 summit, President Trump got up and walked over to Vladimir Putin for a one-on-one conversation, with only Putin’s interpreter present, that lasted for anywhere between a few minutes (White House version) and as long as an hour (reported by Eurasia Group’s Ian Bremmer, citing other leaders who remarked on the...

    The Mirror of Justice in Russia
    Jul18

    The Mirror of Justice in Russia

    Few would argue with the propositions that Russia is an authoritarian, personalized, and centralized state managed through corroded and changeable structures. If, as again most observers, Russian or not, suppose, President Putin secures a further term in the Kremlin in March 2018 and therefore in principle remains the linchpin of the present...

    The Validator-in-Chief
    Jul17

    The Validator-in-Chief

    Whether or not the FBI discovers serious and intentional (rather than just aspirational) collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, President Trump’s relentless dissembling and attacks on America’s free press—along with his attacks on the courts, independent pollsters, U.S. intelligence agencies, the Congressional Budget...

    The Paradoxes of Trump’s Russia Strategy
    Jul14

    The Paradoxes of Trump’s Russia Strategy

    It has been a full week since Donald Trump met Vladimir Putin in Hamburg at this year’s G20 meeting—and what a week it’s been. The revelations regarding a meeting the President’s son had with a shady Russian lawyer this past year have cast a pall over his Administration. At the very minimum, the campaign betrayed a profoundly...

    Georgia’s Dilemma
    Jul10

    Georgia’s Dilemma

    While the nadir in post-Soviet Russo-Georgian relations passed with the defeat of the United National Movement by the Georgian Dream coalition in the 2012 parliamentary elections, the subsequent Georgian governments have nevertheless maintained the country’s goal of NATO and EU membership. Over the past few years, however, both polling data...

    How To Read the Trump-Putin Meeting
    Jul07

    How To Read the Trump-Putin Meeting

    As the first clips of Putin and Trump’s face-to-face meeting emerge, ahead of their sit-down at 9:45 AM EST, the commentariat is ready to pounce: Now in video. “I *LOVE* this guy!” https://t.co/E9SukZZUHn— David Frum (@davidfrum) July 7, 2017This is but the beginning of what is sure to be a day of obsessive body language analysis and a...

    Reading Putin in Hamburg
    Jul06

    Reading Putin in Hamburg

    George W. Bush famously looked Vladimir Putin in the eye and “found him very straightforward and trustworthy.” That’s the “business pragmatism”—and naïveté—Russia’s ruler undoubtedly hopes for when he meets President Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Hamburg this week. John McCain says when he looks into Putin’s eyes he sees “a...

    Russia Still Has Many Friends in Europe
    Jul06

    Russia Still Has Many Friends in Europe

    It’s been a good year for Russian influence abroad, if you believe the polls. First this year came the annual Arab survey, showing a notable increase in Russia’s prestige in the Arab world. Now, a recently released Pew Research survey of Orthodox-majority countries in Europe shows broad support for a Russian role to balance against...

    Why Talking to Putin Won’t Work
    Jul06

    Why Talking to Putin Won’t Work

    White House national security adviser General H.R. McMaster told reporters last week that there was “no specific agenda” for the upcoming meeting between President Trump and Russian President Putin at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Trump will emphasize “whatever the president wants to talk about,” McMaster said.Press reports indicate...

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