Sometimes it’s the vertical. Sovereign democracy.
Sometimes it’s hybrid warfare. Information war, an assault on truth.
Sometimes it’s endless speculation over drinks with your colleague, mapping out the structure of power.
Sometimes it’s oil prices, fracking, capital flight, sanctions, and demographics.
Sometimes it’s arm chair generalship, re-fighting battles between Ukraine and Russia.
Sometimes it’s finding the best historical analogy with which to understand the present.
Sometimes it’s memorizing the names of ministers, Duma members, and manufactured celebrities.
Sometimes it’s watching Putin’s statements and trying to separate coded language and meaning from political boilerplate.
It’s intellectually stimulating.
Some days it’s a thrill.
And then again…
There are some days…
When it’s just this-