Articles by Fred Hiatt



Who's to Blame?

Who lost Russia? As the country backslides ever more quickly into authoritarianism, the answer you increasingly hear is: the United States.

Kasparov's Gambit

If any ordinary person predicted trouble ahead for the cocky and seemingly untouchable KGB regime of President Vladimir Putin, you might say he ought to have his head examined.

Putin Regresses While Bush Remains Silent

If promoting democracy is U.S. President George W. Bush's largest ambition, then Russia is his largest failure

The G8 in Russia and the Call of Freedom

In 2005, U.S. President President George W. Bush set before the nation the goal of ""ending tyranny in our world."" In 2006, he is scheduled to attend the first meeting of Group of Eight leaders in Russia, which spent this year positioning itself as a leader of the world's pro-tyranny camp.

Ignoring the Rollback of Democracy

On Sept. 23, President Vladimir Putin took another step toward choking off political freedom in Russia. He had already sent a message to business executives not to challenge him, by indicting oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and destroying his company.

The Cost of Putin's Repression

Morality aside, President Vladimir Putin's gradual strangling of democracy in Russia provides a valuable case study in the relationship between freedom and competent governance.

Today's Real Motive: Government Greed

Many experts have speculated about why President Vladimir Putin and his narrow circle seem so determined to lead Russia in a self-defeating direction.

Principles or Putin

From time to time, behind front-page news such as Saddam Hussein's arrest, beneath the high-altitude rhetoric of freedom and democracy, the government faces a ground-level, barely seen clash of principle vs. expediency.

The Specter of Truth

  • 18 February 03
  • The Washington Post
One is a frail old Russian, moving through the West like a ghost whom everyone would rather forget.

Understanding Terror

  • 04 July 02
  • The Washington Post
President George W. Bush last week embraced President Vladimir Putin as a fellow foe of terrorism. ""President Putin has been a stalwart in the fight against terror,"" Bush said as the two leaders stood shoulder to shoulder in Canada. ""He understands the threat of terror, because he has lived through terror.""

Chicken Before Chechnya

It's worth recalling it was Clinton, not Bush, who compared former President Boris Yeltsin's behavior in Chechnya with Abraham Lincoln trying to hold the Union together.

Our Rose-Colored Cold War

One of the soothing foreign policy fictions of the 1990s was that Americans had all been on the same side during the Cold War. Liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, all shared a common enemy, a common goal and pretty much a common idea of how to reach that goal.

A Flinch on Chechnya

President George W. Bush speaks truth to evil: He would have us take that as a defining principle of his foreign policy.

Tiptoe Diplomacy

Last Wednesday the Russian desk officer at the U.S. State Department slipped out of his office for a rendezvous so sensitive that the Bush administration would not allow it to take place on government property.

Picking Fights Carefully

U.S. Policy: Calculated Risk or Crapshoot?

Yeltsin Shows His Teeth

Milosevic's Wasteland

Is Russia Still Relevant?

Cleaning Up the World

Question of Openness

The Season of Dissent

Saddam Must Be Caged

The Great Blame Debate

U.S. Soft on Dictators

Democracy Put to Test

Perils of Disengagement

Dumb on Despotism

Clinton's Iraq Dilemma

Give Aid to the Good