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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha, Ukraine, on April 4.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha, Ukraine, on April 4.

Does Kyiv Need a Marshall Plan?

Top policymakers discuss how to rebuild Ukraine.

A portrait of Alexander Pushkin.
A portrait of Alexander Pushkin.

From Pushkin to Putin: Russian Literature’s Imperial Ideology

Russian classical literature, chock full of dehumanizing nationalism, reads disturbingly familiar today.

Photographs of Russia's war in Ukraine are displayed as part of an exhibition at the railway station where trains from Moscow to Kaliningrad pass by on Apr. 26, 2022 in Kalveliai, Lithuania.
Photographs of Russia's war in Ukraine are displayed as part of an exhibition at the railway station where trains from Moscow to Kaliningrad pass by on Apr. 26, 2022 in Kalveliai, Lithuania.

Will the Kaliningrad Crisis Lead to War?

Lithuania’s muscular move to enforce EU sanctions by blocking Russian rail cargo could risk escalating the Russia-NATO conflict.

A member of the U.S. Air Force looks on near a Patriot missile battery at the Prince Sultan Air Base in Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia on Feb. 20, 2020.
A member of the U.S. Air Force looks on near a Patriot missile battery at the Prince Sultan Air Base in Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia on Feb. 20, 2020.

U.S. Aid to Saudi Arabia on Missile Defense Is Not Unconditional 

Biden must make it clear to Saudi leaders that continued ballistic missile cooperation with China will jeopardize U.S. missile defense assistance.

Burqa-clad women wait in line for food.
Burqa-clad women wait in line for food.

The U.N. Knows Afghanistan Is Messed Up. But It’s Keeping Mum.

An internal United Nations report details escalating Taliban violations of human rights—and little U.N. leverage.

Assault rifles hang on the wall for sale at Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Virginia, on Oct. 6, 2017.
Assault rifles hang on the wall for sale at Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Virginia, on Oct. 6, 2017.

America Is the World’s Gun Store

U.S. sales of lethal firearms aren’t just a domestic issue.

Anti-tank obstacles are shown on a wheat field in southern Ukraine's Mykolaiv region on June 11.
Anti-tank obstacles are shown on a wheat field in southern Ukraine's Mykolaiv region on June 11.

Here’s How to Help Ukraine Handle Putin’s Food Blockade

Creative storage and transport of the new harvest can undercut Russia’s weaponization of global hunger.

Ukrainian citizens and supporters attend a silent protest in Poland.
Ukrainian citizens and supporters attend a silent protest in Poland.

Congress Seeks to Declare Putin’s War Genocide

A bipartisan resolution will underscore that Russian war crimes in Ukraine have constituted a genocide.

(From left) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
(From left) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Japan Is Getting Real on Security After Ukraine

A flurry of moves is positioning Tokyo at the center of anti-China alliances.

Members of the Taliban stand in front of a Blackhawk helicopter.
Members of the Taliban stand in front of a Blackhawk helicopter.

Afghans Battle Another Blow After Big Earthquake

The Taliban can’t govern in normal times, let alone disaster response.

Then-Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gives a press conference.
Then-Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gives a press conference.

The Fall and Fall of Dmitry Medvedev

How the former Russian president went from geeky technocrat to deranged war hawk.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speak.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speak.

The European Union Is Turning on China

Ukraine might be the last nail in the coffin for a friendly relationship.

Soldiers patrol the streets in Mexico
Soldiers patrol the streets in Mexico

How AMLO Has Fueled Mexico’s Drug War

He campaigned on “Hugs, Not Bullets.” Now, he’s militarized the country.

The United Nations Security Council gathers.
The United Nations Security Council gathers.

Take Realist Arguments Over Russia in Good Faith

As Thucydides’s history shows, wielding power needs open debate.

Allied officers look at a map at the command post during a NATO joint exercise held in the British sector of Germany in 1951.
Allied officers look at a map at the command post during a NATO joint exercise held in the British sector of Germany in 1951.

Europe on the Edges

It has always been defined and influenced by its periphery.

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