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China's Rise May not Be so Peaceful

John Mearsheimer, National Interest

Wake Up, Europe, There Is a War Afoot

George Soros, NY Review of Books

How Russia and China Will Fracture

Walter Clemens, The Diplomat

If the Chinese economy continues growing at a brisk clip in the next few decades, the United States will once again face a potential peer competitor, and great-power politics will ...(full article)

As the Syrian civil war drags on and the situation in the Middle East continues to spiral out of control, Russia remains a steadfast supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad's re...(full article)

Europe is facing a challenge from Russia to its very existence. Neither the European leaders nor their citizens are fully aware of this challenge or know how best to deal with it....(full article)

Growth in Russia has come to a virtual standstill, as foreign investors pull money out of the country and those who have been considering new investments reconsider. Global oil pri...(full article)

Complexity science helps us understand which of two paths will unfold for China and Russia....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Why Would a Russian Sub Lurk off Sweden? - D. Steed, The Conversation

There are many plausible explanations as to why a vessel might prowl about in foreign waters. In fact, it happens all the time....

Ukraine and Russia's Natural Gas Scramble - Nick Cunningham, Oil Price

Following the overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich in February, Russia altered the terms by which it sells natural gas to Ukraine. Along with Yanukovich, favorable pr...

Ukrainian Voters Can Change Europe's Fate - Carl Bildt, Project Syndicate

To put it simply: the future of Ukraine will decide the future of Russia, and the future of Russia will have a substantial impact on the future of Europe....

It's up to Cuba to Make Concessions - Jaime Suchlicki, Miami Herald

Raúl’s legitimacy is based on his closeness to Fidel Castro’s policies of economic centralization, control and opposition to U.S. policies. Raúl cannot re...

Putin and the Pope - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

One is everything you’d want in a leader, the other everything you wouldn’t want....

The Similarities Between Germany and China - George Friedman, Stratfor

The problem with an export-based economy is that the exporter is the hostage of its customers. Germany's and China's well-being depend not only on how they manage their economies, ...

Is the US Working With Russia on ISIS or Not? - Josh Rogin, Daily Beast

Did the United States and Russia agree to share intelligence about ISIS? Secretary of State John Kerry insists they did. The Russian foreign minister insists just as strongly they ...

The West Wins, in Spite of Itself - Conrad Black, National Review

A merciful confluence of events is softening the impact of the foreign-policy errors of the United States and its traditional allies. It must be allowed that U.S. foreign policy in...

Russia's Messianic Oligarch - Joshua Keating, Slate

One of Vladimir Putin’s favorite businessmen wants to start an Orthodox Christian Fox News and return Russia to its glorious czarist past....

Is NATO Inevitable for Sweden? - The Guardian

Russia’s submarine incursion shows Sweden can no longer feel as well protected from the outside world as it was during the cold war....

Ukrainian Separatists' Torture Chambers - Reid Standish, Foreign Policy

When Sergey Zakharov first put up art installations and graffiti satirizing pro-Russian fighters in his native Donetsk he expected a backlash, but he didn't expect to spend the nex...

The West's Big Talk Won't Help Ukraine - Mark Adomanis, Moscow Times

The West's rhetorical support for Ukraine's territorial integrity has been exceptional. Barely a day goes by without a stirring news release from Washington, London or Berlin that ...

China's European Year - Wang Yiwei, China Daily

The two 'silk roads' proposed by China will revitalize Eurasia as well as help build a more inclusive and open global market....

The Myth of Russian Humiliation - Anne Applebaum, Washington Post

For the record: No treaties prohibiting NATO expansion were ever signed with Russia. No promises were broken. Nor did the impetus for NATO expansion come from a “triumphalist” ...

NATO Moves to Define Cyber War - Robert Morgus, RealClearWorld

Imagine that China launches a cyber attack on the United States tomorrow. It devastates systems, crippling the financial sector or causing loss of life. But does it merit a militar...

Cheaper Oil: A Boon or a Bane? - Economist

The oil price is tumbling. Is that good or bad news for the world economy?...

When the Bell Tolls for the Petrostate - Daniel Altman, Foreign Policy

It's fair to assume that revenue from selling oil and gas will decline within a few decades in countries that are unlikely to find much in the way of new reserves....

5 Places Where WW3 Could Break Out - James Hardy, National Interest

It seems these days the world is literally on fire. Conflict continues on and off in Ukraine, there are tensions throughout the Asia-Pacific, Ebola is on the rampage, ISIS continue...

Oil Prices, Not Sanctions, Should Concern Putin - Bloomberg View

This week, as falling oil prices have hammered the Russian economy, President Vladimir Putin has warned repeatedly that his country, a nuclear superpower, must not be "blackmailed....

Russian-Style Business Is Now the Norm - Fyodor Lukyanov, Moscow Times

Western sanctions have had a significant impact on economic ties between Russia and the European Union, and a closer look at the relationship between the state and business in the ...

Thank the Saudis for $3 Gas - Steven Butler & Tracy Moran, Ozy

Oil prices are plunging these days — in fact, they hit a four-year low this week — and it’s thanks in no small part to Saudi inaction, a new strategy of doing not...

Russia's Soft Power in Europe's Periphery - Kevin Lees, Suffragio

Western strategists may be overlooking Putin’s ability to undermine both EU and NATO resolve through the Achilles’ heel of southeastern Europe by leveraging economic, p...

When Islam Curbed Christian Extremism - Ishaan Tharoor, WaPo

The tiresome debate over whether Islam is somehow more violent than other religions unfortunately won't go away. Recent spats between outspoken commentator Reza Asla...

Suspected Russian Cyber Spies Targeted NATO - R. Lemos, Ars Technica

A group of cyber spies targeted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Ukrainian and Polish government agencies, and a variety of sensitive European industries over the las...

Russia Stifling Ukrainian Economy - Steven Mufson, Washington Post

With its war-torn economy threatened by further Russian disruptions, Ukraine is in desperate need of a new international financial aid package, economists say, but none appears imm...

Russia's View of the Ukraine Crisis - Paul Saunders, National Interest

Though Ukraine’s not-quite cease-fire is far preferable to the summer’s heavier fighting, it is far from clear that it will lead to a sustainable settlement between Kie...

Turkey Has Been Drawn into the Conflict - Joseph Dana, The National

When the dust finally settles, Kobani will be remembered as a turning point for Turkey in the expanding US-led coalition’s war on ISIL....

Putin's Tiger Is Lost in China - Joshua Keating, Slate

If you happen to be traipsing about China’s Heilongjiang province and come across a lost-looking Siberian tiger, the Kremlin would like it back....

Russia Is Up to Its Neck in Syria - Michael Ledeen, PJ Media

ISIS vs. the Kurds so totally dominates our attention and our passions that we’ve failed to notice that the Russians are up to their necks in the fighting on the Syrian battlef...

Vladimir's Hipsters - Alec Luhn, Foreign Policy

This is Set, or Network, in English: an organization that's something of a cross between the Komsomol - the Soviet organization that once groomed youth to join the Communist Party ...

Eastern Europe Is Siding with Putin - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

To grasp how Vladi­mir Putin is progressing in his campaign to overturn the post-Cold War order in Europe, it’s worth looking beyond eastern Ukraine, where the Kremlin is...

Russia and China's anti-U.S. Axis - Daniel McGroarty, RealClearWorld

Beyond the arc of the ebola epidemic, and outside the parameters of the fight against the Islamic State, a far more fundamental change to the world order is taking place. It's the ...

Putin Struggles to Unite Ex-Soviet States - Darya Korsunskaya, Reuters

Vulgar chants about Vladimir Putin before he arrived for a regional summit in Belarus did not augur well for the Russian president's hopes of bringing the leaders of former Soviet ...

Will Putin Become a New Stalin? - Ivan Sukhov, Moscow Times

Putin should understand the costs of Stalinism and the striking differences between present-day Russia and Stalin's Soviet Union far better than those Russians who place a portrait...

Time to Stop Russia's Nuclear Buildup - James Inhofe, Foreign Policy

The stationing of new nuclear forces on the Crimean peninsula, Ukrainian territory Russia annexed in March, is both a new and menacing threat to the security of Europe and also a c...

Russia Won't Let Ukraine Have Peace - Kyiv Post

With each passing day, it becomes clearer that Russia has not stopped its war against Ukraine and has no intention of doing so. The estimates are that an average of 10 people per d...

The Fear of Greater Chaos - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Uust because autocracy has failed does not mean that democracy can work. And just because the tumultuous, dramatic weakening of central control in big states has not happened yet d...

The Complex Russia-Iran Relationship - Maxim Suchkov, Al Monitor

Despite the common perception of Russia as Iran's main backer outside the region, the two big regional players’ relations are shaped by long-term interests that can clash wit...

Russian Fashion: Wearing Photos of Putin - Karoun Demirjian, WP

MOSCOW — As diplomatic tensions singe Russia’s relationship with the West, patriotism is making a new fashion statement in Moscow....

Russia, West Face Common Threat - Karasik & Galustian, Moscow Times

Washington and Russia need to stop their dangerous games in bankrupted Ukraine because the Islamic State and its affiliates are a much larger threat, especially considering that th...

Russian Sanctions Could Hurt Both Sides - Igor Yurgens, The National Interest

Russia’s relations with the West entered a new and less-than-happy chapter earlier this year. U.S. and European economic sanctions are the defining and consistent feature of ...

Donetsk Airport Up For Grabs - Charles Recknagel, Radio Free Europe

Pro-Russian separatists and Kyiv's forces are observing a cease-fire in many parts of eastern Ukraine. Yet, around Donetsk airport, there is not even the pretense of honoring the t...

The Coming Beijing-Moscow-Berlin Alliance - Pepe Escobar, TomDispatch

No matter how often Washington remixes its Global War on Terror, the tectonic plates of Eurasian geopolitics continue to shift, and they're not going to stop just because American ...

Russia Doesn't Deserve an End to Sanctions - Washington Post

A month after a cease-fire was declared in eastern Ukraine, the fighting continues: 75 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have died since Sept. 5, the government says. Russian-backed...

Rebels Seize Russian-Syrian Spy Base - Rogin & Lake, The Daily Beast

Syrian rebels have overtaken a joint Russian-Syrian secret facility that they claim was a covert intelligence collection base. Opposition fighters say the post was used to snoop ...

About Russia

  • Russian Federation
  • Population: 142,008,000 (9th)
  • Area Size: 6,592,800 sq mi (1st)
  • GDP: $1.78 trillion (8th)
  • Currency: Ruble (RUB)
  • Official Language: Russian
  • Capital City: Moscow
  • Largest City: Moscow

Russia Prosperity Rank: 59

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