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A Russian plane delivers 10,000 AK-47 rifles to the Afghan National Security Forces. Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

Why Russia is back in Afghanistan

Russia is pursuing influence in Central Asia and competing with the US. Afghanistan offers it a chance to do both.
A worker cleans a statue of Vladimir Lenin in St. Petersburg. But how much Russian history gets whitewashed today? Dmitri Lovetsky/AP Photo

How does an authoritarian regime celebrate a revolution?

Because the Kremlin hopes to project strength and unity, history isn't used as much to inform as it is to inspire, with events cherry-picked to fit within a fuzzy framework of 'Russian greatness.'
Russian defense minister during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow. REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

Why Russia thinks it’s exceptional

In the 19th century, Russian intellectuals launched a search for historical evidence of their moral and military superiority. What they found drives what today some call "Russian aggression."
U.S. President Donald Trump has taught the world many lessons since his time in office – mostly on how not to govern. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

All the lessons Donald Trump has taught us

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has shown us a great deal in his short time on the political stage. For that, we should be grateful. Here are the lessons taught by Prof. Trump.
What do you mean you can’t stick your hands up? DVA security operative at Poland’s private European Security Academy. JANEK SKARZYNSKI / AFP

In Central Europe, militarised societies are on the march

Politicians are promising to advance their countries' international positions through nationalist militarisation and celebration of virile men.
Brazilian President Temer, Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africa’s President Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Modi. Reuters/Kenzaburo Fukuhara

BRICS needs a new approach if it’s going to foster a more equitable global order

The promise of BRICS was that it would usher in a new approach to development. But after meeting annually for the last nine years there's no sign that the old order has been challenged.

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