Articles by Maria Snegovaya

Petrostate Politics: A Tale of Oil and Aggression (Op-Ed)

So-called "petrostates" become aggressive and start conflicts when oil prices soar, writes columnist Maria Snegovaya.

Kremlin Is Losing the Information War (Op-Ed)

It's no wonder that Russia's 'soft power' is so unattractive to the rest of the world, writes columnist Maria Snegovaya.

National Identity Crises Threaten World Order

Entropy is on the rise in the geopolitical world. Major countries and regions are now experiencing a "global crisis of national identity" according to Charles Hill, a former adviser to U.S. secretaries of state George Shultz and Henry Kissinger.

U.S. Adviser Warns That Russia Is Sapping World Order

U.S. diplomat Charles Hill was a senior adviser to former U.S. secretaries of state George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, and to Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Political Assassinations Show Russia's Weakness

More than month has passed since the death of Boris Nemtsov and investigators are no closer to solving the case. The public still does not know who ordered the brazen murder or why. In the absence of hard evidence, the social sciences might offer a clue.

The People Have Spoken: No More Democracy!

Apologists for political freedom are sounding the alarm: Democracy is in decline around the world. This was especially clear from the latest report on political rights and civil liberties issued by Freedom House in late January.

Ukraine's Crisis Is Not the West's Fault

The Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine is an attempt to stop the spread of Kiev's revolutionary ideology, not defend against NATO, writes Maria Snegovaya.

Putin Is Replaceable

Despite the West's pessimistic estimates, Russia's 140 million citizens should be capable of replacing their president with someone more competent, writes Maria Snegovaya.

Ukraine Suffers From Too Much Democracy

Many Western analysts believe that too much power in too few hands is the main problem of the post-Soviet space. To protect more authoritarian "Russias" from emerging in the region, thinkers actively advocate inclusiveness, participation and democratization.

The Ukrainian Nation Has Been Born

Ukraine's election results show that its many regions are finally merging into one unified, pro-Europe nation, writes Maria Snegovaya.

Tight Autocracies and Disorderly Democracies

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank found themselves in an eerie ambience when they met in Washington last week. Along with a mass shooting at a military facility, a fatal car chase after a woman attempted to ram the gates of the White House and a self-immolating man on the National Mall, the economic situation did not leave many reasons for optimism.