Fiona Hill

Snapshot
Fiona Hill and Jeremy Shapiro

Whether or not the Scottish independence movement succeeds, Scotland will not be Europe's last region to seek a similar deal. The protective embrace of the EU has made secession an attractive option for any place with a regional identity, ambitious politicians, and a loathing of its capital city.

Snapshot
Fiona Hill

Russia and Japan suddenly find themselves linked by a shared predicament in the Asia-Pacific: both are secondary players in a region overshadowed by an increasingly assertive China. Despite recent high-level meetings on foreign and defense policy, however, the relationship remains delicate and each partner is wary of taking new risks.

Snapshot
Fiona Hill

Despite giving Obama and the United States a “get out of jail free card” at home, most observers agree that, on points, Putin is the real winner of this particular round of the Syrian conflict. The question now is whether the United States and its allies can out-maneuver Putin to regain the diplomatic advantage. If the history of the Syrian conflict is any guide, that will not be easy.

Snapshot
Fiona Hill and Bobo Lo

The United States is pivoting to Asia. Now so is Russia. Rather than counterbalance China, though, Russia simply aims to stake an early claim in a new world order -- one in which the concert of great powers, it presumes, will be more Asian than Western.

Capsule Review
May/June
2013
Robert Legvold

Of the many biographies of Vladimir Putin that have appeared in recent years, this one is the most useful, particularly to foreign-policy makers, many of whom must work with a crude or muddled understanding of what makes the Russian leader tick.

Snapshot
Fiona Hill

Vladimir Putin's unwavering support for the Assad regime in Syria is best explained by his dread of fracturing states and Sunni Islamism -- fears he confronted most directly while brutally suppressing Chechnya's attempted secession from Russia.

Response
Nov/Dec
2002
Shibley Telhami, Fiona Hill, et al.

Four authors refuel the debate on Saudi oil; Edward Morse and James Richard reply.