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Europe

Tanks but no tanks: the West’s hesitancy over arming Ukraine

The war’s next stage is likely to be a hard-fought struggle of attrition

By Mark Galeotti

International

How AI could change diplomacy forever

AIs have the untiring speed of a computer and the capacity to learn the analytic leaps of human intuition

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Vladimir Putin overpromises to his military

The target of recruiting an extra 290,000-plus kontraktniki seems wildly optimistic

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Putin’s hawks are turning on each other

There is a growing fraction of nationalist opinion that is coming to see opposing Putin as a patriotic duty

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

The Griner-Bout hostage swap is a victory for the Kremlin

Bout will become a symbol of Moscow’s commitment to its own

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Russia will be sweating over its Kherson withdrawal

As the front lines roll back, Crimea comes ever more clearly into play

By Mark Galeotti

Europe

Ukraine is becoming a showroom for modern weaponry

From a military perspective, the loss of munitions is well worth the information gathered in return

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

How should the West respond to Putin’s threats?

There is a range of ‘non-kinetic’ means of punishing Russia for escalation

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

The Nord Stream blasts are Putin’s warning shot to the West

It can hardly be accidental that this took place just before Baltic Pipe was inaugurated

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Even Putin knows he is losing

There is little evidence that the military can do what he’s asking of it

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Gorbachev was no saint. But he was a kind of hero

The former general secretary of the Soviet Union ushered in the new world

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

What the Dugin assassination tells us about Russia

Putin’s regime is weaker than it looks

By Mark Galeotti

Sports

Why Russia’s Olympic punishment backfired

The official line is that the doping program did not happen. The unofficial one is that everyone dopes, but only the Russians get punished

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Joe Biden’s Russia-bashing is a tactical mistake

Overheated rhetoric encourages woolly-thinking at home and a backlash in Russia

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

The Soviet specter haunting Afghanistan

When the war ended in 1988, it was not because the Soviets had been beaten on the battlefield but because they had been exhausted

By Mark Galeotti

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