US Army Major Christopher Rowe scanned the unfamiliar terrain as his armored vehicle sped past the Russian border. From his hatch, Rowe looked out on a stretch of farmland and thick forests that US military planners now consider the most vulnerable chink in the NATO alliance.
Based in Berlin and Moscow, I’ve reported from the former Soviet empire since 1996. I recently started working as National Public Radio’s Moscow correspondent. Before that I contributed to Reuters, Slate, Bloomberg and The Moscow Times, among others.