Russia has decades of experience setting "honeytraps" for spies, diplomats, and whoever else it wants to embarrass or blackmail.
As his nominee for secretary of state awaits confirmation, Donald Trump is under pressure to explain what his views on Russia actually are.
Russian interests are far from aligned with those of the West, and no amount of revisionist commentary about Russia not being 'such a bad guy’' after all will alter that reality.
After seeing the worst of American democracy, the outside world will have to adjust to a hugely unpredictable president.
The war of words over a bombed UN convoy in Syria is just the latest in a long series of diplomatic breakdowns.
The US is held to a different standard than other countries – but it mostly has itself to blame.
Russia's Syria play may have hit some snags already, but the US is hardly placed to kick up a fuss.
Washington would do well to leave the Cold War rhetoric in the past.