What did we learn from Putin’s year-end press conference?
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What did we learn from Putin’s year-end press conference?

Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, is staking his future on a narrative of ‘Us’ – the Russian people – versus ‘Them’ – NATO and the West. Ryan Steele explains how Putin used his annual press conference to exploit support for an assertive response to Western sanctions. Besides the oft-quoted rhetorical quips, such as comparing Russia to … Continue reading

Putin Takes on Crimea, Ukraine and the West
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Putin Takes on Crimea, Ukraine and the West

On March 17, shortly after signing an agreement to add the Crimean Peninsula to the Russian Federation, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered an address to members of the Duma, Federal Council, other leading government officials and influential residents of Crimea. Harvard student Kimberly St Julian describes the speech as steeped in history (as Putin understands … Continue reading

One War, Two Narratives
Analysis

One War, Two Narratives

August 2013 marks the fifth anniversary of the war between Georgia and Russia over South Ossetia. Yet the national conversation surrounding the issue is dominated by electioneering, writes Levan Kakhishvili. Five years ago, the Georgian government tried to regain control over the breakaway region of South Ossetia, leading to a severe reaction from Russia. A … Continue reading