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The Russian leader risks huge casualties and painful sanctions if he invades, but he’s left himself little room to de-escalate.
The four-way talks aren’t expected to yield a breakthrough, but lower-level engagement could lead to more serious negotiations.
West Africa is rocked by yet another coup as the military seizes power in Ouagadougou and holds onto control in Bamako.
Washington’s latest crises with Russia and China are part of a new—and long-term—competition.