Past commentary can be accessed by topic, by clicking on the headings listed below:

"Update From Ukraine" Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, August 18, 2016.

"Ukraine Update," Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, June 7, 2016.

What happened to the 'golden age' of Russian Studies in America?” a public forum sponsored by Russia Direct and the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England, Boston, Massachusetts, May 12, 2016.

"Odessa: Averting Another Massacre," Counterpunch Magazine, April 28, 2016. (
en français).

Why Ukraine Needs Russia More than Ever,” The Guardian (UK), March 9, 2016. (
en français) (v češtině) (trong tiếng Việt) (lietuvių) (на български) (in română) (v slovenčine) (на українській мові

"Historic Meeting in Havana Brings About ‘Minor Breakthrough’ on Ukraine," Valdai Discussion Club, February 15, 2016.

"Russia’s Moral Framework and Why It Matters," The National Interest, September 24, 2015, (latviešu)

"From Maidan to Mukachevo," Russia Direct, July 21, 2015.

"What to Expect From Saakashvili in Odessa," Russia Direct, June 16, 2015. (în română)

"How do you solve a problem like Ukraine?" The Guardian (UK) and Kyiv Post, March 27, 2015.

"The Real War in Ukraine: The Battle over Ukrainian Identity," Kyiv Post, December 4, 2014. (en Espanol)

"Is Ukraine Slipping Into Illiberal Democracy?" The Nation, October 30, 2014.

"How Russia views the post-Cold War global order," Russia Direct, October 27, 2014.

"Why the Putin Peace Plan is Working, The National Interest, October 22, 2014. (Vietnamese)

"Russia and NATO Should Be Allies, Not Enemies," (with Robert Bruce Ware) Moscow Times, September 29, 2014. (Vietnamese, in Italiano).

"Who gets to define what it means to be Ukrainian?" Russia Direct, September 4, 2014.

"Eastern Ukraine: The Neverending Crisis," The National Interest, September 2, 2014 (part one)
(auf Deutsch); "How We Won the Cold War, but Lost the Peace," The National Interest, September 3, 2014 (part two).

Petro Poroshenko's Fatal Flaw,” The National Interest, June 17, 2014. (
en Francais)

"Future of Ukraine-Russia Dialogue Depends on Poroshenko’s Actions in East," RIA Novosti, May 26, 2014.

"Six Mistakes the West Has Made (and Continues to Make) in Ukraine," Kyiv Post, May 20, 2014. (em Portugu
es; in Italiano; en Espanol)

Ukrainians divided by two narratives of the conflict,” DW.de (Deutsche Welle), April 9, 2014. (auf Deutsch)

Save Ukraine!The Moscow Times and Kyiv Post, March 19, 2014.

"The Endgame in Crimea," The Nation, March 14, 2014. (Türkçe)

West Needs to Decide Which is More Important: Punishing Russia or Preserving the Territorial Integrity of Ukraine,” ValdaiClub.com, March 11, 2014.

Les pro-Russes ne veulent pas la sécession,” Le Courriere (Geneva, Switzerland), March 4, 2014.

Threat of Military Confrontation Grows in Ukraine,” The Nation, March 3, 2014.

"The Battle for Kiev," The Nation, February 21, 2014.

"How the EU Can Bring Ukraine into Europe," European Leadership Network, January 7, 2014.

"How the E.U. Pushed Ukraine East," International New York Times, December 4, 2013. (en français, po Polsku).

"Russian NGO Laws Reinforce Western Practices," Voice of Russia Expert's Panel, June 27, 2013.

"Western Moral Standards Are Not Universal," Voice of Russia Expert's Panel, June 24, 2013.

"Washington Needs to Overcome its Values Trap," The Washington Times (sponsored insert), June 11, 2013.


"The Sum of All Our Fears," The Washington Times (sponsored insert), May 9, 2013.

"Global Acupuncture versus Global Surgery: How Russia and China Differ from the U.S." Voice of Russia Expert's Panel, April 28, 2013 and January 29, 2013.

"Local Groups Must Not Rely on the U.S." New York Times, September 24, 2012.


"Some Orthodox Reflections on the Pussy Riot Case," OpEdNews.com, August 22, 2012.

"The Orthodox Church and the Struggle for Russia's Soul," OpEdNews.com, April 23, 2012.

"Putin's New Old Foreign Policy," OpEdNews.com, March 24, 2012.

"How to not lose Russia," Asia Times Online, March 10, 2012 (på Dansk).

"Russia’s Smouldering 'White Revolution',"
OpenDemocracy.net, December 29, 2011.

Russia can’t be manipulated through external pressure,Valdai Discussion Club, July 20, 2011.

"Is Ideological Competition in Europe Necessary?" E-IR.info, January 28, 2011.

"Why the FSB is not the KGB!" OpenDemocracy.net, August 10, 2010.

"Ukraine Can Have Them and Us," The International Herald Tribune, May 5, 2010 (po Polsku).

Poland and Russia: From Tragedy to Forgiveness,” RussiaProfile.org, April 23, 2010.

"Russia is Miscast in The Georgian Tragedy," OpEdNews.com, November 13, 2009.

"What the Tagliavini Report Fails to Consider," OpEdNews.com, October 4, 2009.

"War in South Ossetia, One Year on - Interview," RIA Novosti, August 11, 2009 (中文).

"Mired in a Yawning Divide," Moscow Times, July 13, 2009.

"Recasting Ukraine's Identity?" OpenDemocracy.net, January 28, 2009.

"Prisoners of the Caucasus Unite," The International Herald Tribune, August 20, 2008 (en español; em Português;  ελληνικά).

"Russian Elections--Affirming Democracy or Confirming Autocracy?" Russia Profile, March 7, 2008.

"Seizing the Medvedev Moment," International Herald Tribune, March 13, 2008. Published as  "The Medvedev Moment," OpenDemocracy.net, February 28, 2008 (in Italiano中文).

"Why Russian Liberals Lose," The International Herald Tribune, December 4, 2007 and The Boston Globe, December 10 (in Italiano; em Português; На български; Magyar, ελληνικά, en español). See also my comments on the Russian elections, posted at National Interest Online and Russia Profile.

An Orthodox Balm for Europe,” The Christian Science Monitor, October 11, 2007.

"Russia's New Cyberwarriors," OpEdNews.com, June 24, 2007.

"Needed: Better Western Coverage of Russia," OpEdNews.com, June 2, 2007.

"Russian rights and Estonian wrongs," The Providence Journal, May 9, 2007. On this same topic, see also "Make a day for apologies in Estonia," The Providence Journal, May 27, 2007.

"Russia as friend, not foe," Asia Times Online, February 17, 2007. (in Italiano)

"Sticking it up Vladimir the Impaler," Asia Times Online, October 31, 2006. (en español)

"Russia is Part of the West. Honest," Asia Times Online, June 8, 2006.

"Avoiding a New Cold War," The Providence Journal, June 8, 2006.

A debate on OpenDemocracy.net, including my "Russia through the looking-glass" (February 11, 2006); "Inside the looking glass: a Reply by Mischa Gabowitsch" (February 17, 2006); and "Russian democracy: a reply to Mischa Gabowitsch" (February 24, 2006).

"A Market Transition Plan Gone Wrong," The Providence Journal, January 10, 2006.

"Russian NGO Legislation is a Step in the Right Direction," Russia Profile, December 9, 2005.

"Victory in Europe--From Recrimination to Reconciliation," The Providence Journal, May 6, 2005.

"Truly Orthodox," www.AmericanEnterprise.org (a reply to Zeyno Baran and Emmet Tuohy's "An Unorthodox Orthodoxy," National Review Online, April 15, 2005).

"Yukos Founder's Brilliant Defense," The Providence Journal, April 13, 2005.

"The Orthodox are Coming!" New Europe Review, vol. 2, No. 1, 2005 (in Albanian). 

Continuing our discussion in Current History ("Russia and the West: An Exchange," November 2004), Michael McFaul and I discussed "Vladimir Putin and Russia's Course" at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. on February 4, 2005

"Outside View: Open Letter to NATO, EU," United Press International, October 14, 2004.

"Democracy and Media Double Standards," The Providence Journal, January 20, 2004.

"Russia's Doing Just Fine," The Providence Journal, October 30, 2003.

"Western Media out of Touch with Russia," The Providence Journal, May 4, 2001.