October 2015

The Real Story Behind Putin’s Syria Strikes: Inside the Kremlin rivalry that radicalized Russia’s strongman

By Steven Lee Myers

The roots of Russia’s bold intervention in Syria—which began in earnest on Wednesday with airstrikes against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad’s government near the city of Homs—extend to the beginning of the Arab Spring in early 2011, when Vladimir Putin served as prime minister nominally under his protégé and hand-picked successor, Dmitri Medvedev.

Explaining Eastern Europe’s approach to the refugee question

By Artis Pabriks

Mankind has an immense capability to create, but it also possesses a great capability to destroy. Watching how Europe deals with the latest crisis of massive influx of migrants, one cannot help but feel a premonition that the European Union is going to face a number of challenges which might destroy the union as we once knew and believed in it.

Russia holding its ground in face of criticism, as Putin arrives in Paris for talks

By Clea Broadhurst

As Russia's President Vladimir Putin met with Western leaders in Paris for the first time since Russia launched air strikes in Syria, several countries signed a statement calling on Russia to stop targeting Syrian opposition forces. They say that its air strikes will lead to a further escalation of the conflict.