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Ukrainian servicemen rest as they make a trench near Bakhmut.
Ukrainian servicemen rest as they make a trench near Bakhmut.

Ukraine Braces for Grisly Russian Offensive in the East

Russia is sending more bodies. Ukraine doesn’t have enough. And the tanks won’t arrive in time.

A placard featuring an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading "We are with him for the sovereignty of Russia! And you?" is seen left in front of the Russian State Duma building on Feb. 24, 2022 in Moscow, Russia.
A placard featuring an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading "We are with him for the sovereignty of Russia! And you?" is seen left in front of the Russian State Duma building on Feb. 24, 2022 in Moscow, Russia.

Are U.S. Sanctions on Russia Working?

Two experts debate why the Russian economy has proved relatively resilient.

An illustration of John Bolton.
An illustration of John Bolton.

The Fighter

John Bolton was once the enfant terrible of the Republican Party. Is he now its conscience?

A security member loyal to Yemen’s Houthi movement lifts his firearm.
A security member loyal to Yemen’s Houthi movement lifts his firearm.

The Yemeni Employees the U.S. Left Behind

The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa relocated to Saudi Arabia after the Houthi takeover. Local workers who remained felt abandoned.

The logo of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
The logo of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Austria’s About to Give Russia a Soapbox at the OSCE

Vienna will allow sanctioned Russian parliamentarians to attend the next big security meeting on the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A container ship operated by the French shipping company CMA CGM is moored in the Port of Marseille.
A container ship operated by the French shipping company CMA CGM is moored in the Port of Marseille.

Can a French Shipping Giant Make Marseille the Capital of the Mediterranean?

The Saadé family has raked in huge profits, turning CMA CGM into a strategic asset for Paris and a potential economic lifeline for France’s impoverished second city.

An artist puts paints a picture of Indian businessman Gautam Adani.
An artist puts paints a picture of Indian businessman Gautam Adani.

Adam Tooze: What the Adani Group’s Plunge Says About the Indian Economy

Fraud allegations caused $100 billion in losses for the conglomerate.

China's ambassador to the Solomon Islands, Li Ming (R), and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (L) cut a ribbon during the opening ceremony of a China-funded national stadium complex in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
China's ambassador to the Solomon Islands, Li Ming (R), and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (L) cut a ribbon during the opening ceremony of a China-funded national stadium complex in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The 2023 Pacific Games Wrap Small Countries in Big-Power Struggles

A Solomon Islands-hosted sporting event has become part of a China-West tussle.

A high-altitude balloon floats in a blue sky.
A high-altitude balloon floats in a blue sky.

How a Chinese Spy Balloon Blew Up a Key U.S. Diplomatic Trip

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has postponed a visit to Beijing in response to a suspected spy balloon over U.S. territory.

U.S. President Joe Biden talks to reporters after returning to the White House in Washington, D.C.
U.S. President Joe Biden talks to reporters after returning to the White House in Washington, D.C.

Is There a Biden Doctrine?

A surprising set of grades for the 46th U.S. president’s foreign policy.

Children interact with an artificial intelligence robot at the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing.
Children interact with an artificial intelligence robot at the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing.

China’s Tech Money Is Now Radioactive

Washington is increasingly concerned about China poaching U.S. technology.

Polish soldiers hold a NATO flag during a family photo after a training demonstration with the NATO multinational battle group eFP at the Orzysz training ground in Orzysz, Poland.
Polish soldiers hold a NATO flag during a family photo after a training demonstration with the NATO multinational battle group eFP at the Orzysz training ground in Orzysz, Poland.

Eastern Europe Wants NATO to Beef Up Defense Spending

Poland and Estonia are planning to push the alliance to raise its defense spending benchmark this year to at least 2.5 percent of GDP.

A couple walks along the dim streets of Penrith in the United Kingdom
A couple walks along the dim streets of Penrith in the United Kingdom

Blankets, Food Banks, and Shuttered Pubs: Brexit Has Delivered a Broken Britain

Brexiteers promised to “take back control.” But the decision has instead delivered recession, gloom, and despair.

A mural warns of the dangers of heroin use in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Oct. 17, 2022. Lindsey Kennedy for Foreign Policy
A mural warns of the dangers of heroin use in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Oct. 17, 2022. Lindsey Kennedy for Foreign Policy

How the Taliban’s ‘War on Drugs’ Could Backfire

The purported ban on opium and ephedra devastates poor farmers, enriches the Taliban, and has done nothing to curb addiction.

Tunisian political parties took the streets and demonstrate against Tunisian President Kais Saied on Revolution Day at Habib Bourguiba Street, demanding his resignation on Jan. 14.
Tunisian political parties took the streets and demonstrate against Tunisian President Kais Saied on Revolution Day at Habib Bourguiba Street, demanding his resignation on Jan. 14.

Is Kais Saied Losing His Grip on Tunisia?

Tunisians are taking to the streets—rather than voting—as the economy collapses, but they remain deeply divided.

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The suspected Chinese spy balloon drifts to the ocean after being shot down off the East Coast as seen from Surfside Beach, South Carolina, on Feb. 4.  Randall Hill/Reuters
The suspected Chinese spy balloon drifts to the ocean after being shot down off the East Coast as seen from Surfside Beach, South Carolina, on Feb. 4. Randall Hill/Reuters

The Balloon and the U.S.-China Relationship

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken canceled a much-anticipated visit to China after the discovery of a Chinese surveillance balloon flying over U.S. territory. The very public spat over ...Show more

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - DECEMBER 29:  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir react after sworn in at the Israeli parliament during a new government sworn in discussion at the Israeli parliament on December 29, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. Conservative Benjamin Netanyahu and a bloc of nationalist and religious parties won a clear election victory last month and will be sworn in as government to the Knesset today. This completes Netenyahu's political comeback with a record sixth term in office.  (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - DECEMBER 29: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir react after sworn in at the Israeli parliament during a new government sworn in discussion at the Israeli parliament on December 29, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. Conservative Benjamin Netanyahu and a bloc of nationalist and religious parties won a clear election victory last month and will be sworn in as government to the Knesset today. This completes Netenyahu's political comeback with a record sixth term in office. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Israel’s Democratic Decline

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The new Israeli government is said to be the most far-right, religiously extreme, and ultranationalist coalition in the country’s history, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-ser...Show more

A Russian flag at the Embassy of Russia is seen through a bus stop post in Washington, DC on April 15, 2021. - The US announced sanctions against Russia on April 15, 2021, and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin's US election interference, a massive cyber attack and other hostile activity. President Joe Biden ordered a widening of restrictions on US banks trading in Russian government debt, expelled 10 diplomats who include alleged spies, and sanctioned 32 individuals alleged to have tried to meddle in the 2020 presidential election, the White House said. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A Russian flag at the Embassy of Russia is seen through a bus stop post in Washington, DC on April 15, 2021. - The US announced sanctions against Russia on April 15, 2021, and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin's US election interference, a massive cyber attack and other hostile activity. President Joe Biden ordered a widening of restrictions on US banks trading in Russian government debt, expelled 10 diplomats who include alleged spies, and sanctioned 32 individuals alleged to have tried to meddle in the 2020 presidential election, the White House said. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Over the last year, the United States has launched dynamic and escalating sanctions to hurt Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies. The moves haven’t prevented Putin from waging...Show more