Our Most-Read Articles of 2016

Our Most-Read Articles of 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Moscow, Feb. 23, 2016 (AP photo by Pavel Golovkin).

It was a year of turmoil and unpredictability, and World Politics Review covered it all. Our 10 most-read articles of 2016 reflect the scope of our coverage and the diverse interests of our readers. The list below, based on unique page views, runs across the world, from Eastern Europe to the South China Sea, with stops in Ethiopia, Uganda, Iran, the Philippines and elsewhere. Where will the stories of 2017 be?

1. Putin’s Intimidation Strategy Backfires as Eastern Europe Turns to NATO
Frida Ghitis
May 11, 2016

2. Ethiopia’s Regime Prioritizes Power Over Reform as Ethnic Protests Continue
William Davison
Aug. 29, 2016

3. How Much Damage Can Duterte Do to the U.S.-Philippine Relationship?
Joshua Kurlantzick
Oct. 6, 2016

4. A Patriotic Islam? Russia’s Muslims Under Putin
Robert D. Crews
March 7, 2016

5. China Is Suddenly a Leading Exporter of Armed Drones
Richard A. Bitzinger
Jan. 17, 2016

6. While Courting China, Vietnam Prepares For a Future South China Sea Crisis
Gregory Poling
Sep. 20, 2016

7. Amid Turmoil, Arab Leaders Cautiously Reassess Ties with Israel
Frida Ghitis
Feb. 18, 2016

8. India’s Grand Plans in Iran Go Way Beyond the Chabahar Port Deal
Saurav Jha
June 16, 2016

9. The New Oil Age Is Upending OPEC and Its Production Politics
Thijs Van de Graaf
March 1, 2016

10. Catastrophic Victory: Museveni’s Re-Election and Uganda’s Future
Peter Dörrie & Simone Schlindwein
March 22, 2016