Articles by Peter Baker



Due Credit

A new book by Anders Aslund challenges the notion that Russia's rebirth began the day Putin took office.

Due Credit

A new book by Anders Aslund challenges the notion that Russia's rebirth began the day Putin took office.

A Deafening Silence

Beslan's legacy still looms large, but Timothy Phillips' book finds Russians far from willing to confront it.

A Deafening Silence

Beslan's legacy still looms large, but Timothy Phillips' book finds Russians far from willing to confront it.

Top Bush Aide Rove Plans to Step Down

  • 14 August 07
  • The Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- Karl Rove, the chief architect of U.S. President George W. Bush's administration and the premier Republican strategist of the last decade, will step down as White House deputy chief of staff Aug. 31.

Blood Feuds

The conflict between Putin and Berezovsky takes center stage in an inside account of the road to Alexander Litvinenko's murder.

Blood Feuds

The conflict between Putin and Berezovsky takes center stage in an inside account of the road to Alexander Litvinenko's murder.

Bush's Address Comes at Low Point

  • 24 January 07
  • The Washington Post
U.S. President George W. Bush planned to reach out to the opposition in his State of the Union address Tuesday night with new and recycled proposals on health care, energy, immigration and education, but the uproar over his decision to send more U.S. troops to Iraq has eclipsed potential consensus on domestic policy.

White House Insiders Jumping Ship

  • 20 November 06
  • The Washington Post
The weekend after the statue of Saddam Hussein fell, Kenneth Adelman and a couple of other promoters of the Iraq war gathered at U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's residence to celebrate.

Bush Tries to Regain Support for Iraq

  • 01 September 06
  • The Washington Post
The U.S. president hopes to garner support by insinuating that Democrats favor abandoning Iraq.

Kazakh Visit Betrays Bush's Competing Values

  • 30 August 06
  • The Washington Post
U.S. President George W. Bush launched an initiative this month to combat international kleptocracy, the sort of high-level corruption by foreign officials that he called ""a grave and corrosive abuse of power"" that ""threatens our national interest and violates our values.""

A Rare Unscripted Moment at the G8 Summit

  • 19 July 06
  • The Washington Post
After days of diplo-speak, reporters hear the impatient Bush, the unguarded Bush, and the small-talking Bush.

Georgian President Gets Warm Embrace

  • 07 July 06
  • The Washington Post
Bush calls Saakashvili ""my friend"" and promises to help Georgia join NATO despite Russian objections.

U.S., Russia Break Weapons Impasse

  • 21 June 06
  • The Washington Post
The United States and Russia reached a last-minute agreement saving a program to secure or destroy Soviet nuclear warheads, chemical weapons and killer germs, U.S. officials said Monday, breaking a long logjam and averting a rupture weeks before U.S. President George W. Bush travels to St. Petersburg.

Bush: Troops on Border a Temporary Measure

  • 16 May 06
  • The Washington Post
U.S. President George W. Bush tried to ease the worries of his Mexican counterpart yesterday as he prepared for a nationally televised address tonight unveiling a plan to send thousands of National Guard troops to help seal the nation's southern border against illegal immigrants.

U.S. Studying Strike Options for Iran

  • 10 April 06
  • The Washington Post
The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush is studying options for military strikes against Iran as part of a broader strategy of coercive diplomacy to pressure Tehran to abandon its alleged nuclear development program, according to U.S. officials and independent analysts.

White House Report Assails Minsk

  • 20 March 06
  • The Washington Post
The U.S. administration on Friday accused Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko of being ""among the most corrupt leaders in the world,"" and U.S. officials said they would consider new sanctions assuming Sunday's elections were manipulated as expected.

U.S. Plots Cold War on Iran's Ayatollahs

  • 14 March 06
  • The Washington Post
As the dispute over its nuclear program arrived at the UN Security Council Monday, Iran had vaulted to the front of the U.S. national security agenda amid plans of U.S. President George W. Bush's administration for a sustained campaign against the ayatollahs of Tehran.

Russian Relations Under Scrutiny in Washington

  • 27 February 06
  • The Washington Post
The U.S. government is quietly exploring ways of recalibrating its policy toward Russia in the face of growing concerns about the Kremlin's crackdown on internal dissent and pressure tactics toward its neighbors, according to senior officials and others briefed on the discussions.

Democracy at Stake

Anna Politkovskaya may be known for her gutsy reporting, but in her book she calls herself just another former Soviet citizen who dreads returning to a totalitarian regime.

Democracy at Stake

Anna Politkovskaya may be known for her gutsy reporting, but in her book she calls herself just another former Soviet citizen who dreads returning to a totalitarian regime.

Democracy at Stake

Anna Politkovskaya may be known for her gutsy reporting, but in her book she calls herself just another former Soviet citizen who dreads returning to a totalitarian regime.

Democracy at Stake

Anna Politkovskaya may be known for her gutsy reporting, but in her book she calls herself just another former Soviet citizen who dreads returning to a totalitarian regime.

Cheney Pressed on Hunting Mishap

  • 16 February 06
  • The Washington Post
U.S. Vice President Cheney's slow and unapologetic public response to the accidental shooting of a 78-year-old Texas attorney is turning the quail-hunting mishap into a political liability for the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush and is prompting senior White House officials to press Cheney to publicly address the issue as early as Wednesday, several prominent Republicans said Tuesday.

U.S. Struggles With Democracy Agenda

  • 26 January 06
  • The Washington Post
Sitting in a prison cell halfway around the planet, an Egyptian opposition leader forced U.S. President George W. Bush this month to confront the question of how serious he was when he vowed to devote his second term to ""ending tyranny in our world.""

Putin Rejects Bush's Bid for Sanctions on Iran

  • 19 September 05
  • The Washington Post
U.S. President George W. Bush won no support from President Vladimir Putin on Friday in his bid to bring Iran before the UN Security Council for possible sanctions, and he acknowledged he had not yet forged an international consensus on how to deal with Tehran's suspected nuclear program.

Axis of Evil Policy Faces Setbacks

  • 18 August 05
  • The Washington Post
U.S. President George W. Bush's campaign against what he once termed the ""axis of evil"" has suffered reverses on all three fronts in recent days that underscore the profound challenges confronting him 3 1/2 years after he vowed to take action.

Champion Vacationer Bush Heads to Crawford

  • 05 August 05
  • The Washington Post
U.S. President George W. Bush is getting the kind of break most Americans can only dream of -- nearly five weeks away from the office, loaded with vacation time.

With Bolton Gone, U.S. Nuclear Policy Shifts

  • 21 June 05
  • The Washington Post
As U.S. undersecretary of state, John Bolton's stances on a range of international issues created impasses.

Nuts and Bolts of 'Project Putin'

  • 08 June 05
  • The Washington Post
On a cold afternoon in the winter of 2004, Vladimir Putin summoned his long-serving prime minister to his Kremlin office.