Stealing Russia Blind

April 2015

A review of Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? by Karen Dawisha.

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The Splintering of Postcommunist Europe

January 2015

Institutional choices matter in the postcommunist world, but geopolitical and civilizational boundaries still set the horizons of political possibility.

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Russia’s Political System: Imperialism and Decay

January 2015

The system of personalized power that has long ruled Russia now faces a new crisis, and it is trying to avert decay through the reassertion of empire.

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Michnik’s Homage to Havel

January 2015
A review of An Uncanny Era: Conversations Between Václav Havel and Adam Michnik, translated and edited by Elzbieta Matynia.
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Euroskepticism Arrives: Marginal No More

October 2014

The European Parliament elections of May 2014 were not an “earthquake,” but they did signal that Euroskeptic parties are drawing closer to the European political mainstream.

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