US President Donald Trump's attacks on allies and conciliatory actions toward Russia have made European leaders feel more vulnerable than ever.
Most Western leaders have little faith the Russian president will pursue better relations after the final football whistle has blown.
Pussy Riot were the exception – most opposition activists decided protest would be counter-productive during the tournament.
Vladimir Putin is a masterful politician. The US president he's dealing with is not.
For example, 77 percent of Russians see Trump as 'self-centered.'
Even if Asia buys most of the natural gas the U.S. will be exporting soon, America's growing role in that market could wind up reducing Russia's political influence in Europe.
Is the pen that signs the peace treaty more powerful than the sword in the realm of public opinion?
England's on-field performances have been matched by some fairly forgettable songs over the years.
The 10th BRICS Summit will be judged by how it tackles the prevailing global political and structural challenges.
Africa is a deeply divided continent along ideological, ethnic and territorial lines. Religion and football can produce consensus.
The value of sport.
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As we reach the World Cup's halfway point, we're asking: what is sport worth? On today's episode, we explore the money and diplomatic power plays lingering behind the scenes of every big tournament.
Central Asia is at the centre of two new initiatives by China and Russia that run against a longstanding economic vision of the US.
The Russian 'exclave' ignored its Soviet past, remembered its German roots, but now looks east again.
In the US, smiling is a reflexive gesture of goodwill, but Russians view it as a sign of stupidity. Social psychology research could help explain this cultural contrast.
African governments and football associations need to do some serious recalculating for the Qatar world cup in 2022.
President Trump is criticized for wreaking havoc on the international order, where the US was the established leader. But Trump is simply hastening a change that has been a long time coming.
An edited extract of an interview which is published in partnership with The Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
The rules are clear on campaign donations but meetings with foreign representatives are more of a grey area.
Paradoxically, it is only when I disappear into the digital crowd that my personal data becomes interesting for digital merchants.
As the England World Cup team get set to debut in Volgograd it's apt to reflect on an Anglo-Russian relationship that has endured tumultuous political times.