Putin’s Russia

Russia is drifting to the right: Under Putin's leadership, the country is abandoning global integration in favor of controversial and unilateral policies. But domestic dissent is rising.

Divided and Fizzling...

A year after the start of street protests, Russia's opposition is fragmented and disillusioned. The main task: To build coalitions with those who silently disapprove of Putin.

Summer Clean-Up...

Corruption remains endemic in Russia. But the sheer costs and pressure from Russia’s new middle class may force the government to take tougher action.

On the Right Side of H...

It's time for hope: What if the West called the bluff of Russia's rigged elections instead of recognizing the legitimacy of Putin's government?

A Threat Defused? ...

Putin has recognized the danger of new opposition movements. Instead of ignoring dissenters, the Kremlin has moved to engage them politically. The divide-and-conquer strategy could well succeed.

Legacy, the Price of P...

There is no doubt: Vladimir Putin will be the next president in Russia. But his victory is as easy as it is poisoned. It will destroy Putin's greatest goals: Domestic stability and his own legacy.

Russia's 9/11...

After a decade of Putin's rule, many Russians have lost faith in the promises of his agenda. The Ponzi scheme of great expectation has collapsed, and Russia is searching for a new direction. The question: Who will be allowed to shape it?

Mother Russia, Father ...

Vladimir Putin is Russia. The foreign policy of the coming decade will bear his signature as Russia seeks new alliances and international clout. Putin is willing to pay a high price for his grand ambitions: The international isolation of the Russian nation.

The Godfather...

Putin remains the most popular politician in Russia. His promise is simple and appealing: Stability for Russian politics, and self-confidence for the Russian nation. In a country that has long looked to Moscow for guidance, Putin's message foreshadows a peculiar understanding of democratic rule.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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