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A child walks in front of a damaged school in Zhytomyr, Ukraine
A child walks in front of a damaged school in Zhytomyr, Ukraine

Where Does Putin’s War Go From Here?

Experts outline five ways Russia’s bloody invasion of Ukraine might end.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony marking the 1,030th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Prince Vladimir, the leader of Kievan Rus, in Moscow on July 28, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony marking the 1,030th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Prince Vladimir, the leader of Kievan Rus, in Moscow on July 28, 2018.

Putin’s Thousand-Year War

The reasons for his anti-Western enmity stretch back over Russia’s entire history—and they will be with us for a long time.

Then-U.S. President Richard Nixon (left) toasts with then-Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in 1972.
Then-U.S. President Richard Nixon (left) toasts with then-Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in 1972.

What Biden Can Learn From Nixon About China

Fifty years later, Washington may be reversing a diplomatic masterstroke by driving Beijing and Moscow together.

A U.S. soldier prepares Ukrainian soldiers for an exercise in ambush tactics at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center in Starychi, Ukraine, on July 26. The advisors from Task Force Raven are working to improve Ukraine's defense capabilities against a potential military threat from Russia.
A U.S. soldier prepares Ukrainian soldiers for an exercise in ambush tactics at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center in Starychi, Ukraine, on July 26. The advisors from Task Force Raven are working to improve Ukraine's defense capabilities against a potential military threat from Russia.

Biden Is Running Out of Time to Help Ukraine Fend Off Russia

Kyiv’s pleas for more U.S. guns to hold off Moscow have prompted a political knife fight in Washington.

U.S. seaman Xi Chan in the Taiwan Strait
U.S. seaman Xi Chan in the Taiwan Strait

The U.S. Is Getting Taiwan Ready to Fight on the Beaches

Biden continues Trump’s “porcupine strategy” to harden the island’s defenses.

Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves the stage after speaking during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 14, 2017.
Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves the stage after speaking during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 14, 2017.

Belt and Road Meets Build Back Better

Can the West’s newfangled development programs compete with China’s?

Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe listen to families.
Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe listen to families.
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Salva Kiir, then-acting president of the government of Southern Sudan
Salva Kiir, then-acting president of the government of Southern Sudan

Succession in South Sudan

America’s greatest success story in Africa has degenerated into its biggest failure.

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Bideneconomics_economy-reagan-trickle-down-mike-mcquade-illustration-homepage

The Bidenomics Revolution

If he succeeds, the president will cast 40 years of economic doctrine on history’s ash heap. But that’s a big if.

A physical imitation of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency is displayed on foreign bank notes.
A physical imitation of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency is displayed on foreign bank notes.

Why Cryptocurrency Is Crazy—Like a Fox

Bitcoin’s already aging out, and central banks may lose in the race against whatever comes next.

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Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

The Reluctant Firewall

Can the Obama administration afford to sit on the sidelines while the European economic crisis worsens?

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Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

Bitter Medicine

Bailing out the banks may be hard to stomach, but it's the only way to prevent a global economy predicated on financial institutions from plunging into recession.

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JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

It’s the Politics, Stupid

The eurozone crisis isn't about debt or deficits -- it's about a dysfunctional political system.

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JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/AFP/Getty Images

A Bridge to Nowhere

The Brussels plan is a decent stopgap. But if Europe's countries in crisis can't hold out long enough to start growing their economies again, it won't matter.

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