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A close-up of Putin's face from the side.

Europe Struggles to See What’s Next for Russia

Putin’s fumbling war in Ukraine has weakened his grip on power, but it’s still not clear what that means.

Xi and Putin stand side by side in suits in front of flags.
Xi and Putin stand side by side in suits in front of flags.

Putin Panders to China

The Russian leader revealed that Xi has concerns over the war in Ukraine.

People in orange vests load missiles onto a fighter jet.
People in orange vests load missiles onto a fighter jet.

Taiwan’s New Status Quo

A top lawmaker says China’s game plan is to blockade the island and stop allies from helping out.

A person in a military uniform is seen in front of a destroyed building.
A person in a military uniform is seen in front of a destroyed building.

Why Is Putin Dodging the Draft?

The Russian leader is resisting calls for mass conscription amid his military’s costly quagmire in Ukraine.

Members of Ukraine's military attend a flag raising ceremony in Lviv, Ukraine, on Aug. 23.
Members of Ukraine's military attend a flag raising ceremony in Lviv, Ukraine, on Aug. 23.

U.S. Plays the Long Game in Ukraine

The biggest U.S. arms package yet is a sign that policymakers think the war isn’t ending anytime soon.

Biden sits at a table with other men in suits and face masks.
Biden sits at a table with other men in suits and face masks.

No Accountability on Afghanistan a Year Later

As blame games swirl in Washington, will anyone be held to account?

An aircraft flies above white snowy mountains.
An aircraft flies above white snowy mountains.
Robert Malley, a man with glasses, is seen from the side against a black background.
Robert Malley, a man with glasses, is seen from the side against a black background.

Iran Deal Talks Go Into Overtime

The top U.S. negotiator is making a last-ditch trip to Vienna.

Two men in suits walk arm-in-arm in a crowd.
Two men in suits walk arm-in-arm in a crowd.

U.S. Follows Russia in Dueling Trips to Africa

Blinken to travel to the continent after Lavrov’s “charm offensive” tour.

Macron and his wife look at an old book.
Macron and his wife look at an old book.
People sit atop a howitzer.
People sit atop a howitzer.
Biden waves from a plane entrance while wearing a mask.
Biden waves from a plane entrance while wearing a mask.

Biden Heads to a Nervous Middle East

Both Israel and Saudi Arabia want a stronger deterrence stance on Iran.

A silhouette of a person on a tank.
A silhouette of a person on a tank.

Putin’s Invasion Has Turbocharged NATO Defense Spending

The alliance’s leaders push for more muscular deterrence after summit in Madrid.

A missile is fired.
A missile is fired.
Lloyd Austin stares down, wearing a suit, his hands clasped together.
Lloyd Austin stares down, wearing a suit, his hands clasped together.

Biden’s Defense Chief Puts Alliances at Center Stage of U.S. Defense

A 10-day world tour ended with a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels.

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