Ukraine Braces for a Brutal Winter Under Russian Bombs
Those who return home find shattered houses, no heat, and the worst yet to come.
Biden Can’t Denounce Russia’s Annexations and Ignore Israel’s
From the Baltic Republics to Crimea, Washington has opposed forcible annexation—and the Golan Heights should be no exception.
Can America Do Anything at All to Encourage Democracy?
As uprisings happen in China and Iran, it’s no accident the United States hasn’t been involved.
Macron’s Gone From ‘Strategic Autonomy’ to ‘Strategic Intimacy’
What a difference a war makes.
Why Switzerland vs. Serbia Is Really All About Kosovo
Serbia’s schadenfreude will be on display as the national team seeks revenge against a rival stacked with stars of Kosovar heritage.
France Tries to Get Onside With Washington Ahead of First State Visit
Foreign Policy talked with the French ambassador about energy, the war, and looming trade tensions.
How U.S. Support for Syrian Kurds Actually Benefits Erdogan
Washington’s relationship with the YPG is a useful foil for the Turkish president ahead of the 2023 election.
The Ukrainian Village That Sacrificed Itself for Kherson
One small town in Ukraine held off a Russian attack and helped liberate a key regional capital.
Russian Exiles Struggle to Form a United Opposition to Putin
Historically, Russian emigrants have been reluctant to form exile communities and have tried to assimilate.
As Austria Faces Yet Another Round of Political Scandals, Voters Are Starting to Tune Out
Apathy is the big winner from Vienna’s elite dysfunction.
How Greek Companies and Ghost Ships Are Helping Russia
Vessels from Greece and phantom fleets of unregistered ships have allowed Moscow to evade sanctions and export its oil—but it’s about to get more difficult.
There’s No Peace in Ukraine Without Russian Retreat
Calls for diplomacy are misplaced and naive.
What’s the Harm in Talking to Russia? A Lot, Actually.
Diplomacy is neither intrinsically moral nor always strategically wise.
Ukrainians Are Holding Strong as Some in West Falter
Ukrainian identity has been fundamentally changed by invasion.
Estonia’s Former Spy Chief: Too Soon to Count Russia Out
Mikk Marran talks about Moscow’s intelligence failures, cyberwar, and whether Western resolve will last the winter.
Ukraine Has a Secret Resistance Operating Behind Russian Lines
Modern-day Ukrainian partisans are quietly working to undermine the occupation.
Ukrainians Returning to Liberated Towns Find Utter Destruction
For many coming home to Ukraine’s east, their prewar lives are a distant dream.
Ukraine’s Appetite for Weapons Is Straining Western Stockpiles
“I think everyone now is sufficiently worried,” a NATO official said.
Sweden’s Espionage Scandal Raises Hard Questions on Spy Recruitment
Intelligence agencies debate whether foreign-born citizens are more targeted.
Zelensky’s Travel Ban on Ukrainian Men Could Damage War Morale
New survey data shows a majority of Ukrainians do not support the travel ban in its current form.
Biden’s Team Is Dangerously Messing in Bosnia’s Politics
Unwise interventions are pushing ethnic partition.
On Nuclear Treaty, at Least, Biden Aims for Fresh START With Russia
Washington and Moscow look set to keep New START alive with working-level talks, despite historic tensions.
If Europe Wants to Sanction Iran, It Knows What to Do
United Nations sanctions are already on the books—they just need to be reactivated.
Dual-Use Goods Are Fueling Russia’s War on Ukraine
Russia’s advanced military systems are dependent on components from the West.
How Ukraine Figures in Last-Minute Midterm Pitches
Ahead of tomorrow’s polls, foreign policy looms large in a Virginia district seen as a bellwether for national trends.
NATO’s Nordic Expansion Stuck at Turkish Roadblock
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not quite to the Finnish line on NATO membership.
The U.N. (as We Know It) Won’t Survive Russia’s War in Ukraine
The institutions designed to secure global order clearly aren't up to the task. What will take their place?
The European Project Is Now at the Mercy of the Weather
This winter, Europe may be facing a crisis without any clear solution.
6 Wrong Lessons for Taiwan From the War in Ukraine
A potential Asian war would look very different.
Countries Wary of China Need Patriotic Investment Plans
The Chinese shipping giant COSCO’s stake in Hamburg’s port raises concerns.
Ukraine’s Military Medicine Is a Critical Advantage
Russia’s outdated training and equipment are costing soldiers their lives.
In Northern Kosovo, Tensions Threaten to Boil Over
The Kosovo government’s laws on ID cards and license plates have enraged ethnic Serbs and heightened tensions between the young nation’s fractured communities.
Latvian President: Only the West’s Weakness Can Provoke Russia
Egils Levits talks about military aid for Ukraine, a special tribunal for Russian war crimes, and how to respond to nuclear blackmail.
Ukraine’s War Is Like World War I, Not World War II
The West is using the wrong analogy for Russia’s invasion—and worsening the outcome.
Ukraine Says It Needs More Guns, Shells, and Firepower
“We are requesting new rounds all the time that have longer range and more explosiveness,” said one Ukrainian military official.
A Watchful Public Is the Best Line of Defense Against Sabotage
As Russian efforts grow, Europeans need better education in security.
The U.S. Needs a New Strategy to Stop Saudi and Iranian Support for Russia
Riyadh and Tehran are rivals on almost everything, but they are both supporting Russia’s war effort to give Washington a black eye.
Russia’s Ukraine Disaster Exposes China’s Military Weakness
Beijing knows its own military has much in common with Moscow's ineffective force.
The Defiance of Celebrating Literature in the Midst of War
How this year’s Lviv BookForum in Ukraine became an act of solidarity.
As War Hits the Homefront, Russia’s Defeat Inches Closer
Battlefield losses, military corruption, and a disastrous mobilization drive have broken the social contract.
Ukraine Is the World’s Foreign-Policy Rorschach Test
There are two basic ways to think about the war—and the world.
Why Putin Is Escalating Aerial Bombings in Ukraine
Former CIA analyst Andrea Kendall-Taylor on the hard-liners who have increasing sway over Moscow’s choices.
Why the War in Ukraine Won’t Spark a Nuclear Proliferation Cascade
Arguments to the contrary overlook the complexity of nuclear decision-making.
How JFK Sacrificed Adlai Stevenson and the Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis
The standoff 60 years ago has newfound relevance as Russian President Vladimir Putin threatens to deploy nukes in Ukraine.
Russia’s Minorities Don’t Want to Be Putin’s Foot Soldiers
A hasty mobilization is sparking fear and resistance.
How Nuclear Conflict Could Halt Global Air Traffic
Closed Russian airspace isn’t the biggest threat to global aviation—it’s the risk of nuclear weapons use grounding all commercial planes.
The Thaw on Russia’s Periphery Has Already Started
All around a war-weakened Russia, there is a giant geopolitical sucking sound.
Ukraine Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Russia Needs It.
A Russian human rights group’s award is a down payment on a potentially hopeful future.
To Avert Armageddon, Push for a Cease-Fire in Ukraine
For Kyiv and its allies, negotiating an imperfect peace is preferable to risking a catastrophic nuclear confrontation.
NATO Doubles Naval Presence in Baltic, North Seas After Pipeline Sabotage
Russia’s suspected sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines has brought a flood of Western naval assets into the region.
LGBTQ Russians Were Putin’s First Target in His War on the West
In Russian President Vladimir Putin’s mind, the war in Ukraine and his decadelong assault on LGBTQ rights are two sides of the same coin.
Liz Truss’s Britain Is a Morbid Symptom of the World’s New Era
The new British government is an economic disaster—and a symbol of a global political crisis.
Can Vague U.S. Threats Deter Russia From Using Nukes?
Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Ukrainian territories raises the risk of nuclear confrontation, but it’s unclear whether Washington’s rhetoric will stop him.
Russia Is Losing Its Clout in Central Asia as Ukraine War Spirals
Central Asian powers are learning that Putin is not the tough neighborhood sheriff he claimed to be.
Why Putin’s Denunciations of Western Imperialism Ring Hollow
Russia is among the world’s most ambitious imperial nations.
OPEC to Cut Oil Production, Dealing a Blow to Biden
But it’s business, not personal: A looming global recession threatens oil demand.
Putin’s Energy Warfare Is Testing Central Europe’s Resolve
The region’s support for Ukraine is caving under the pressure of soaring bills.
Why Russia and China Aren’t Intervening in Central Asia
As tensions between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan flared, Moscow and Beijing chose to remain on the sidelines.
Azerbaijan’s Aggression Has Forced Armenia Into Russia’s Arms
Western leaders must realize that the threat to democracy in Yerevan isn’t the Kremlin; it’s Baku’s belligerent expansionism.
Russia May Use Nord Stream Aftermath to Cause More Trouble
An investigation of the leaks may cause a standoff with Russia.
Britain’s Hard-Power Ambitions Face Soft-Power Headwinds
Aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s role in the world faces changing tides.
Russia’s Stripped Its Western Borders to Feed the Fight in Ukraine
But Finland and the Baltic states are still leery of Moscow’s long-term designs.
Italy’s Right Is Torn on Ukraine but United on China
Giorgia Meloni has built long-term ties to Taiwan.
Baltic States Wanted German Tanks in Ukraine Yesterday
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised a new foreign policy. Critics say he has yet to deliver.
Europe’s Energy Crisis Is Destroying the Multipolar World
The EU and Russia are losing their competitive edge. That leaves the United States and China to duke it out.
The Italian Far Right Is About to Meet Italian Bureaucracy
Italy’s politics is a constant cycle of failed populist waves.
Postal Workers Are Keeping Ukraine’s Front-Line Villages Alive
Deliveries of packages and pension payments have helped uphold a fragile sense of normalcy for civilians under fire.
Diplomacy Is Still (Just About) Possible in Ukraine
The Black Sea agreement offers a model for off-ramps to escalation.
How Should the West Respond to Putin’s Military Mobilization?
Doubling down on support for Ukraine could lead to wider conflict—or force the Kremlin to back down.
Catalan President: Now Is Not the Time for a Unilateral Independence Vote
Pere Aragonès discusses negotiations with Madrid, Catalan views on NATO, and prospects for a future referendum.
Britain’s Golden Era With China Is Well and Truly Dead
Liz Truss’s administration is the nail in the coffin for friendly ties with Beijing.
NATO’s Stoltenberg: Ukraine’s Gains Are ‘Extremely Encouraging’
The trans-Atlantic alliance chief discusses Russia’s war in Ukraine and competing with China.
The Left’s Negative Campaigning Helped the Right Win in Sweden
A U.S.-style smear campaign suggesting that all conservatives condone fascism doomed the Social Democrats.
Ukraine Put Putin in the Corner. Here’s What May Happen Next.
Mobilization could be in the cards, escalation is in the air, and Russian nationalists are braying for blood.
Every Recent Oil and Food Price Shock Bears Putin’s Fingerprints
Russia is a pivotal actor in global markets—and its president is willing to destabilize them for political gain.
Can the Commonwealth Outlive Its Greatest Champion?
Queen Elizabeth II’s passing comes amid a moment of reckoning for Britain’s colonial past.
Moscow’s Gas Freeze Shows EU-Russian Trade Is Doomed
Russia is limiting supply in the hope of a short-term price rise.
Predictions of Putin’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated
The Russian autocrat’s end has been predicted, wrongly, for two decades.
Queen Elizabeth II Wasn’t Innocent of Her Empire’s Sins
The late queen incarnated and ably helped sell her nation and its system while never criticizing or apologizing for its past.
Putin Has a New Opposition—and It’s Furious at Defeat in Ukraine
Right-wing nationalists are spreading a dangerous “stab-in-the-back” myth to explain Russia’s crushing defeats.
Putin Is Trying to Turn Ukraine Into a Culture War
A conservative message isn’t selling well on the Russian homefront.
What Does Biden’s Confrontational Speech Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy?
Framing geopolitics in terms of democracy and autocracy won’t necessarily help bring peace.
‘They Are Pushing Everywhere’: Kyiv Goes on the Offensive
Ukraine may have achieved its biggest breakthrough of the war.
Scholz and Macron Have a Perilous Ambition for Europe
The idea of “European strategic autonomy” just won’t go away.
Queen Elizabeth II Was a Pillar of Stability in Tumultuous Times
Her successor will need to adapt while also protecting the age-old magic of the monarchy.
In Russia, America’s Last Man Standing Stands Down
John Sullivan had a front-row seat to a historic low point in U.S.-Russia relations, and he did it with a skeleton crew of diplomats.
The Last String of Russian Greatness Is About to Snap
A great classical music tradition might die because of the Ukraine invasion.
War-Torn Ukraine Is Also an HIV and Tuberculosis Hot Spot
But thanks to community-led health efforts, Ukrainians are winning the fight against these infectious diseases.
The Undignified Fall of Russia’s Once-Dignified Diplomatic Corps
Russian diplomats were once viewed with begrudging respect in the West. Now they’re seen as irrelevant mouthpieces for Putin’s war in Ukraine.
You Have No Idea How Bad Europe’s Energy Crisis Is
Natural gas prices are 10 times the usual—upending industries, angering consumers, and panicking politicians.