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Leonid Bershidsky

Leonid Bershidsky

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Piketty Should Take Off That Yellow Vest

Thomas Piketty, the rock-star economist, doesn’t burn cars or deface the Arc de Triomphe, yet his “M

Exit Merkel. Enter Hope for Centrism in Europe.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been accused of killing German politics with her boa constrictor-like d

France Faces a Typical Facebook Revolution

The liberating role social networks played during the Arab Spring and the Russian protests of 2011 a

If Assange Is a Villain, What About Zuckerberg?

Now that we know, apparently thanks to an error by American prosecutors, that Julian Assange has bee

Russia and Japan Could Finally End WWII

For decades, every sign Russia and Japan had made progress in talks on disputed territories and a po

German Conservatives Face Off Over Their Party’s Soul

The contest to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of the Christian Democratic Union when she

Russia's Bungled Spying

The latest failures of Russia’s military intelligence service, commonly known as the GRU, expose a m

On Unity Day, Germany’s Feeling Divided Again

Germany is celebrating its national holiday on Wednesday.

Imagine the Balkans Without Balkanization

Almost two decades after the last war ended in the western Balkans, there’s a chance that the word “

Skripal Case Shows the Limits of Surveillance

The UK’s ubiquitous surveillance cameras have clearly played an important role in the attribution of

Bill Clinton, Boris Yeltsin Missed Historic Opportunity

The transcripts of calls and personal conversations between Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin, publishe

Russia Needed an Opponent Like John McCain

Senator John McCain, who died on Saturday, is being eulogized not just in the US but also throughout

Facebook Is Making the US a Political Dystopia

US elections are threatening to become the “World Cup of information warfare, in which US adversarie

The US Can’t Bring Russia ‘to its Knees’

The US’s sanctions policy against Russia is evolving from trying to nudge the Kremlin in a desired d

Anti-Dollar Mavericks Can’t Win Just Yet

The dismal performance of the Turkish lira (down 38 percent to the US dollar so far this year) and t

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