Articles by Pyotr Romanov



Facing Uncomfortable Truths About Terrorism

The statement "He's a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch" long ago entered political lore.

Cold War Is Here and We Must Deal With It (Op-Ed)

Knee-deep in snow and whipped by gusts of frosty wind, politicians are busy with what they believe is a worthwhile debate: deciding if, in fact, a new Cold War has come, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

The Secret to Putin's Political Survival (Op-Ed)

Columnist Pyotr Romanov discusses the reasons behind Vladimir Putin's political survival.

Russia Won't Be Rushed by the West (Op-Ed)

The West can try to hurry Russia's development along and scold it for bad behavior but ultimately it won't work, Russia will develop at its own pace and nobody else's, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Russia Can't Be Managed With Western Rules

The claim critics constantly repeat that President Vladimir Putin is guilty of all mortal sins has already become a tiresome and hackneyed cliche.

Why Isn't Russia Part of Europe? (Op-Ed)

Russia is not part of Europe but ultimately it doesn't matter, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Losing Patience With Ukraine Mess (Op-Ed)

Ukraine is giving everybody a headache except the U.S. perhaps because it is just too far away, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Russia's Ramshackle Kleptocracy Is Stuck in a Rut (Op-Ed)

Russia's sham democracy means that it is becoming increasingly hollow and will not be able to develop in any meaningful, healthy way, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Ukraine's Power Struggles Are Just Beginning

The conflict between Ukrainian billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky and the Kiev authorities shows the shaky foundations that the post-Maidan Ukrainian state is built on, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Back Off NATO, There's a New Army in Town

Many analysts were surprised and confused when European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recently called for the European Union to create its own army.

All Cold Wars End With a Thaw

Russia and the West have been involved in several conflicts over the past century and all have ended. This one will too, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Russians, Europeans and Mutual Suspicion

Russians and Europeans have a long history of stereotyping each other and this looks set to continue, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

War in Eastern Ukraine Has Only Just Begun

Cease fire and compromise seem impossible in eastern Ukraine and we must resign ourselves to increased violence, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

'Je Suis Charlie' Demands Free Speech, for Some

We need to stop glorifying the work of Charlie Hebdo, it has nothing to do with creative freedom, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Ignoring 'Cold War II' Won't Make It Go Away

Many in the West are unaware of the grave danger that a new Cold War may be imminent, and must wake up to this fact, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

The West Doesn't Understand Russians

Modern politicians no longer take the factor of national character into account, which has led to the current conflict between Russia and the West, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Russia's Intellectual Problem

Russia has always had a strong intelligentsia, but continues to suffer from a lack of intellectuals, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Russia's Self-Esteem Problem

Russia has vacillated between self-adoration and self-loathing throughout its history, but neither is good for the country, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Russia's Empire State of Mind

The West needs to realize that Russians are still coming to terms with two losses of empire in the 20th century and this process cannot be rushed, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

What Brezhnev Can Teach Us About Putin

We know what ended the Brezhnev era. We can only guess what will end the Putin era.

What Russians Really Think About NATO

The average Russian has many negative feelings toward NATO, but fear is not one of them, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Europe's Political Divorces Are Often Messy

If Kiev and Moscow had enough sense, they would begin by letting eastern Ukraine go in whichever direction it wanted, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Clashing Civilizations in Modern Ukraine

The current crisis in Ukraine was caused by a 'clash of civilizations,' and the fault line between these two civilizations does not lie between Ukraine and Russia, but within Ukraine itself, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Putin's Popularity Masks an Uncomfortable Reality

The reasons for Putin's popularity are rooted deep in the Russian psyche, but the West should be more concerned about who and what will replace him, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Being Pro-West Doesn't Mean Being Anti-Russian

Today's social networking spats, reflecting Russia's societal split between East and West, are merely the continuation of an old story, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Russia Risks All, But Not Without Hope

Russia's history reminds us that, however bad circumstances are today, things can change for the better tomorrow, writes Pyotr Romanov.

Russia Must Learn to Manage Its Size

Even after President Vladimir Putin dries up, Europe's fear of Russia will remain like sediment settled at the bottom of a cup, writes columnist Pyotr Romanov.

Slavs Aren't So Brotherly After All

Moscow wastes blood and gold supporting its Slavic brothers, while they in turn sell Russia out the first chance they get, writes Pyotr Romanov.