After a century of debate, Europe still hasn't figured out how to deal with its giant of a neighbour.
A stunning feat of security service showmanship speaks volumes about Ukraine's abject state of decay.
Vladimir Putin's Russia is as much an imperial power as its Soviet and Tsarist predecessors were.
Russian politics depends on a competition between different power networks. And hardline nationalists are winning at the expense of reformers.
Years of mediation by Russia have helped keep a direct Israeli-Iranian conflict off the agenda. But things have changed.
To understand how a new world war might play out, it's important to remember just how powerful the US really is.
Guns for hire are back in business – and they're making war even more dangerous.
The Syrian conflict is a war of many sides. Here's a rundown of the key players.
Re-elected for a fourth term, Putin is not on the best terms with the rest of the world. But does he actually care?
Even if Syria's armed conflict is somehow resolved, new proxy conflicts between regional actors are emerging on the country's soil.
Four peace agreements have been struck to try and keep Ukraine on an even keel, but none of them has resolved the conflict's fundamental problems.
Putin has pulled his troops out of Syria before, only to put them back.
Russia is pursuing influence in Central Asia and competing with the US. Afghanistan offers it a chance to do both.
By sending troops from the North Caucasus to Syria, Russia is returning to its old habits.
As far as Moscow's concerned, the stakes in Libya are low and the potential returns very high.
After abstaining on a key Security Council vote in 2011, Moscow lost billions of dollars in Libyan contracts as well as its say in international security governance. It wants both back.
The future of the relationship between the US and Russia depends on whether the Kremlin can find a way to interpret Trump's motives.
The individual most directly responsible for a colossal humanitarian crisis is still in power – and might be for some time.
History is littered with the debris of the all too often abusive relationship between the intelligence community and those in power.
Great powers have always meddled in each other's business and struggled to reconcile their interests. Why are we convinced Russia is different?