International Affairs & Foreign Policy

Syria is Getting Hotter

On December 11th 2017, five days after he announced his expected intention to run for the fourth time for Russia’s presidency, Vladimir Putin visited Hmeimim air base, met Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and declared that Russia’s military mission in Syria had been “accomplished.”

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Elections and Hopelessness in Russia

February marks the a mid-point of the formal presidential campaign in Russia. Yet, even though the authorities have sought to maximize turnout, there are few public reminders of the elections (beyond some advertising on billboards, leaflets, and even plastic bags)––and no competition.

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