Anna Ahronheim / 12 Jul 2019

The Russian Middle East

Moscow Takes Over From Washington

Three decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back. Not as an economic power. Western sanctions have seen to that. But as a military power.(...)

The Battleground / 05 Jul 2019

The Appeal of Victory

Italy’s Strongman Complex: The Brando Benifei Interview

Salvini is always the winner. Peruse most major news media on the 2019 EU elections, and when you hit Italy, it’s always the case.(...)

The Battleground / 10 May 2019

The God That Survived

Identity Politics in ex-Soviet Europe

Few areas of news coverage are as new to religion as it is to Europe. Particularly for journalists from the United States and the Middle East, where faith and politics are ineluctably intertwined.(...)

Josh White / 15 Apr 2019

What Should Britain Do?

America Versus Julian Assange

The UK should resist the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. But what should be done about the sexual assault claims in Sweden?(...)

Brexit benefits Moscow. People’s Vote March, London.
Josh White / 08 Apr 2019

Getting Russia Wrong

It’s Not All About Putin

Shell-shocked by the Trump victory, European leaders have been captivated by the Mueller investigation into claims of Russian collusion. It should be no surprise that the report fell short of expectations.(...)

Henrietta Foster / 27 Mar 2019

No Going Back

Keith Gessen’s A Terrible Country

Keith Gessen’s A Terrible Country is based on a year he spent in Moscow looking after his elderly grandmother who was suffering from dementia. It is a remarkable and absorbing book that charts the author’s complicated relationship with all things Russian.(...)

Paul Simon / 11 Mar 2019

Black Hole Country

Chronicle of a Ukrainian Election Foretold

Vote-rigging, corruption scandals, right-wing violence. Twenty days before the election, the struggle to become Ukraine’s next president is being waged ever more intensely.(...)

Ready for duty. German paratrooper, 2012.
Johannes Simon / 20 Feb 2019

No More Mr Nice Country

Germany and Its Military

I tried to get out of military service, I really did. When I was called up for inspection in 2010, it was easier than ever to evade the draft. They just didn’t seem to care anymore.(...)

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