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Russian service members in Ukraine
Russian service members in Ukraine

Russia Is a Real Threat to NATO

Despite its failings, the Russian military is still a powerful force.

Ukrainian infantry take part in a training exercise with tanks near Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Ukraine, less than 50 miles from the front lines, on May 9.
Ukrainian infantry take part in a training exercise with tanks near Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Ukraine, less than 50 miles from the front lines, on May 9.
A person in a green jacket holding their bicycle looks out over water and coal plants.
A person in a green jacket holding their bicycle looks out over water and coal plants.

The Energy Crisis Won’t Sabotage Climate Goals

Climate despair is understandable but misplaced.

Demonstrators hold a placard that reads "EU, UN and US it is time for B.D.S."
Demonstrators hold a placard that reads "EU, UN and US it is time for B.D.S."

The BDS Movement Has Already Lost

Where it counts—in the halls of government and boardrooms—the effort to boycott Israel doesn’t even register.

A photograph shows the interior of a destroyed home in the village of Vilkhivka, near the eastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine on May 14.
A photograph shows the interior of a destroyed home in the village of Vilkhivka, near the eastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine on May 14.

The Russian Army Is an Atrocity Factory

State weakness has created a callous and brutalized soldiery.

Customers walk past a closed shop counter at the Atrium shopping center in Moscow on March 17.
Customers walk past a closed shop counter at the Atrium shopping center in Moscow on March 17.

Western Companies Still in Russia Are Making a Big Mistake

The moral, legal, and public relations risks of staying are huge.

Soldiers of the P18 Gotland Regiment of the Swedish Army camouflage an armoured vehicle during a field exercise near Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland on May 17.
Soldiers of the P18 Gotland Regiment of the Swedish Army camouflage an armoured vehicle during a field exercise near Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland on May 17.

What Are Sweden and Finland Thinking?

European leaders have reassessed Russia’s intentions and are balancing against the threat that Putin poses to the territorial status quo. 

China's President Xi Jinping (right) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin
China's President Xi Jinping (right) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Xi’s Control of Domestic Politics Has Trapped Beijing Over Ukraine

Analysts in China can’t be open about what drives policy.

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest calling for the European Union to impose further sanctions against Russia in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 21.
A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest calling for the European Union to impose further sanctions against Russia in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 21.

The World Needs an Economic NATO

Russia’s war has made sanctions a powerful tool of statecraft. It’s time to formally enshrine them.

A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela
A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela

Democracy Is Not a Commodity

The United States shouldn’t bargain away Venezuela’s future for oil.

Members of the National Defence Training Association of Finland attend a training.
Members of the National Defence Training Association of Finland attend a training.

Finns Show Up for Conscription. Russians Dodge It.

Two seemingly similar systems produce very different militaries.

Oil rig silhouettes are seen before a bright orange and yellow sky.
Oil rig silhouettes are seen before a bright orange and yellow sky.
A bullet hole is seen through the bust of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in the main square of Borodianka, Ukraine on May 15.
A bullet hole is seen through the bust of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in the main square of Borodianka, Ukraine on May 15.

How to Help Ukraine Fight Cultural Erasure

Russia is seeking to destroy Ukrainian culture. The West must help those working to preserve it.

A cryptocurrency ATM screen
A cryptocurrency ATM screen

The Cryptocurrency Crash Is Replaying 2008 as Absurdly as Possible

Substitute dollars backed by almost nothing are taking down the market.

A woman walks past a banner in support of Ukraine at the MIPIM international real estate convention in Cannes, France on March 15.
A woman walks past a banner in support of Ukraine at the MIPIM international real estate convention in Cannes, France on March 15.

Western Companies Can Help Ukraine by Sending Work

Ukraine’s tech outsourcing sector, one of Europe’s largest, has adapted nimbly to the war.

A silver robot with the words "CAMPAIGN TO STOP KILLER ROBOTS" on its chest is seen in front of protestors holding up a banner that read "STOP KILLER ROBOTS!"
A silver robot with the words "CAMPAIGN TO STOP KILLER ROBOTS" on its chest is seen in front of protestors holding up a banner that read "STOP KILLER ROBOTS!"

Killer Robots Are Here—and We Need to Regulate Them

Once lethal autonomous weapons systems begin to spread, they will be difficult to control.

Demonstrators hold placards during a rally in support of Ukraine in Almaty, Kazakhstan on March 6.
Demonstrators hold placards during a rally in support of Ukraine in Almaty, Kazakhstan on March 6.

Former Soviet States Are Distancing Themselves From Their Old Imperial Master

The war in Ukraine is prompting countries from Kazakhstan to Moldova to reexamine their colonial past and seek diplomatic allies beyond the Kremlin.

Oleg Salyukov salutes to soldiers during Russia’s Victory Day parade.
Oleg Salyukov salutes to soldiers during Russia’s Victory Day parade.

Stop Falling for Russia’s Delusions of Perpetual Victory

The best sources on the war are the Ukrainians on the ground.

U.S. Navy Capt. David Bretz (right) shakes hands with Vietnamese military officials during the arrival of the USNS Mercy in Nha Trang in central Vietnam on May 17, 2018.
U.S. Navy Capt. David Bretz (right) shakes hands with Vietnamese military officials during the arrival of the USNS Mercy in Nha Trang in central Vietnam on May 17, 2018.

Vietnam Relations Are a Quiet U.S. Victory Already

There’s no need to empower hard-liners by a potentially provocative upgrade.

Ukrainian troops are trained
Ukrainian troops are trained

Ukraine’s Military Pulled Itself Out of the Ruins of 2014

U.S. training helps but isn’t the main reason for the transformation.

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