President Vladimir Putin of Russia departed early from this month’s G-20 summit in Australia after world leaders criticized his conduct in Ukraine. Ali Peterson discusses the impact (or lack thereof) of economic sanctions on Russia, and argues that Western leaders must reevaluate their policy toward Moscow.
Although this week marked the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, divisions between Europe and Russia remain in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine — mostly due to Vladimir Putin. According to Michael Alter, it is wrong to pigeonhole Putin as one type of leader or another. He is simply in a category of his own.