Moscow Expands Its Military Footprint on NATO’s Borders
Russia has been wargaming with Belarus. Sometimes, that’s a prelude.
U.S. Seeking Basing in Australia After Submarine Deal
The Biden administration is hoping to rotate fighters and bombers to the land Down Under.
Russia’s Crazy Sham Election
To retain control in this weekend’s Duma elections, the Kremlin has reached very deep into its bag of tricks.
Blinken Defends Afghanistan Withdrawal in First of Congressional Hearing Marathons
Republican lawmakers grilled Biden’s top diplomat over the end to the United States’ Afghan war.
In Afghanistan, It’s Back to the Future—of Taliban Tyranny
A government of mullahs and terrorists snuffs out freedoms despite talk of inclusion and human rights.
Talk of a Nuclear Deterrent in South Korea
North Korea’s resumed activity at Yongbyon has reawakened calls for Seoul to go nuclear.
Congress Presses White House to Take Control of Pacific Island Talks
China is building military bases all over the Pacific. U.S. access is hung up over decades-old nuclear tests.
Pressured By China, Lithuania Won’t Back Down Over Taiwan
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said his country is working to find a diplomatic solution.
Afghans Protest After Taliban Claim to Have Crushed Panjshir Resistance
Chants of “Freedom” and “Death to Taliban” rang out in Kabul and other Afghan cities.
Myanmar’s Opposition Is Forming Fragile Alliances With Armed Ethnic Groups
The National League for Democracy struggles with its history of oppressing its would-be allies.
Macron Uses Biden’s Afghan Retreat to Push ‘Strategic Autonomy’
But doubts remain whether he can cut his own path in the Middle East.
China, Russia Look to Outflank U.S. in Afghanistan
Meanwhile, Pakistan urges Washington to pump the breaks on sanctioning the Taliban.
Deadly U.S. Strike Raises Questions Over Collateral Damage in Afghanistan
Many former officials expect U.S. intelligence to dry up.
Ukraine’s President Finally Has His White House Meeting
But Volodymyr Zelensky is irked with the Biden administration over its acquiescence in Russia’s big pipeline.
U.S. Troop Pullout Sparks New Urgency for Afghan Evacuations
There’s little expectation the Taliban will make it easy to leave.
Last U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan After 20 Years of War
More than a hundred American citizens remain in the Taliban-controlled country.
In Taliban’s New Afghan Emirate, Women Are Invisible
“All the women of Afghanistan have one fear, the Taliban,” said former deputy defense minister Munera Yousufzada.
U.N. Officials Downplayed Sexual Violence in Ethiopia in Leaked Call
In a conversation in March, U.N. officials on the ground questioned whether some reports of mass rapes in the Tigray fight were “media hype.”
Is Islamic Terrorism Coming to the U.S. Again?
After the deadly Kabul attack, the CIA pins its hopes on an unconventional counterterrorism strategy.