Europe and Eurasia
Framing the crisis in Ukraine as a cultural showdown between East and West risks losing sight of the true motivations that inspire the course of events.
As Putin expands his program of domestic repression, the necessity of preserving Russia's educated classes grows ever more imperative.
Much remains unclear about the circumstances surrounding the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, but the tragedy internationalizes the conflict and may lead to a further deterioration of Russia's relations with the West.
Russian policy in Syria neglects long-term interests for short-term gains.