The political power of Germany's Russian community is significant, and it's helped fuel the rise of the right-wing, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party known as the AfD.
With Russia's military capacity and soft power influence steadily increasing in the Asia-Pacific region, it may be time to reevaluate Australia's Russia strategy.
Ukrainian nationalism – and a president on the rocks – has sparked a religious crisis.
The Syrian civil war may be coming to an end, but the suffering and uncertainty are far from over for its people.
With the Syrian conflict right on its borders, and Russia and Iran increasingly shaping the region's politics, Turkey is becoming beholden to NATO's enemies.
The Russian Revolution – an event that affected more than Russia and was more than a revolution.
By standing in the way of the UN, Russia has chosen a shameful path.
Research on the Russian parliament shows it's not just a rubber stamp – but that's not necessarily good news for democracy.
Students from former Soviet countries who study in the US or Europe are more likely to develop liberal political views.
The US was once the dominant force in the Middle East. That old order has disappeared. Now the new powers are Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Russia – and the US needs a new policy for the region.
Armed and backed by some of the world's largest known oil and gas reserves, Gazprom would be more powerful than US mercenaries such as Blackwater, and also closely linked to the Kremlin.
The UK has become surprisingly willing to brief the press about possible use of cyber attacks, including against Russia in response to the Skripal attack.
Forged documents were used by the US government 100 years ago to justify hostile actions against Russia. All but one US newspaper accepted the government's propaganda. The lessons for today are stark.
Russia is trying to create social tension in the US to boost its own strength on the world stage. That includes targeting society itself.
While the Kremlin rages at supposed crackdowns on Russian speakers abroad, it's rolling out a programme of linguistic homogenisation at home.
The Skripal case shows how Russian intelligence services have the confidence to carry out shoddy operations, seemingly unconcerned about whether or not they will be discovered.
The case for pragmatism, not dogma.
During the Cold War, American evangelicals smuggled Bibles and other Christian literature to the Soviet Union and other communist countries. They still see Russia as a partner on evangelical values.
A lot of attention has been focused on Russia’s efforts to influence American politics, but Australia has also been a target – and continues to be a target – of covert foreign influence.
In the information age, advertising is no longer needed to inform consumers.That means its primary role is to manipulate.