Latest Former Soviet Union Analysis

Ukraine's Political Dilemma Worsens

Kiev is under pressure from far-right political forces on one hand and eastern Ukrainian separatists on the other. Read more…

A vendor sells vegetables in Stavropol on Dec. 19, 2014. (DANIL SEMYONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Russia's Import Ban Has Mostly Failed

The measure has not really affected Western states, but it has done some damage elsewhere. Read more…

U.S. diplomat and historian George F. Kennan (1904 - 2005, left) is sworn in as ambassador to the Soviet Union by Raymond Muir, as Kennan's wife and daughter look on. (HULTON ARCHIVE/Getty Images)

Why the U.S. Feels It Must Contain Russia

The strategy Washington used against the Soviet Union during the Cold War is still useful as the United States works to keep Russia from becoming a regional hegemon. Read more…