Republic in the Russian Federation
Russia’s five circles of empire
The Soviet Union was regarded by many as a closed historical chapter. But a quarter century later, we are not so sure. The Chechen War saved the Russian empire’s territorial core, while Vladimir Putin and his associates preserved its key institutions – the army and the security services. This old guard is now guiding a re-expansion into the outer circles of empire.
War and peace: How Russia’s domestic and foreign policies interact
If you pay attention to its media, it is easy to believe that Russia is on the warpath – toward cyber war, hybrid war, a second Cold War or even a Third World War. This may even be true in a way, but the real battleground is inside Russia. At stake is the country’s internal stability, and all that hostility can easily be redirected from Western foes to more dangerous, internal enemies.