Georgia’s Ruling Party Is Tanking Its Own NATO Bid
Accusing the U.S. ambassador of blackmail is just the start.
Germany Has Confronted Its Past. Now It Must Confront the Present.
Accepting—or rejecting—historical guilt for past evils doesn’t absolve nations of present-day responsibility.
Militarizing the Sahel Won’t Make Europe More Secure
The EU’s obsession with security in the Sahel is a reflection of its own anxieties—and a betrayal of its values.
Ukraine’s Economy Will Collapse Without More Aid Now
Losses are building up far faster than Kyiv can manage.
Will a New War Crash Europe’s Azerbaijani Gas Dreams?
Europe needs a serious Azerbaijan policy—and needs it fast.
Ukraine’s Battle for Kherson Could Be a Key Victory
Zelensky has pledged to liberate occupied territory.
Ukraine’s Breadbasket Is (Almost) Open for Business Again
But the devil is in the details, including how ships can navigate offshore minefields and Russia’s shifting will.
Carbon Pricing Isn’t Enough to Mitigate Climate Change
The deadly heat wave in Europe this month should provide an impetus for more aggressive state action on emissions.
Germany’s Economy Is Carried on the Rhine’s Shrinking Back
Rivers are critical to transportation—and drying up as the climate shifts.
NATO Is a Luxury Good the United States Doesn’t Need
Europe is capable of defending itself.
Opening Up Ukraine’s Sea Routes Is Tough but Critical
With ports cut off, the world is going hungry.
IEA Chief: Europe Has to Cut Gas Use or Face Brutal Winter
Fatih Birol spoke with FP about the current energy crisis, Russia’s use of the energy weapon, and why the 1970s aren’t quite back.
Can This Brussels Neighborhood Shake Its Jihadi Reputation?
Molenbeek was labeled a hub of European extremism. Seven years later, with drug trafficking rising, alienated residents want to change the narrative.
Boris Johnson’s Fall Gives Brexit a Chance to Succeed
Rather than kowtow to the anti-EU right, the next Conservative leader should return to Theresa May’s pragmatic vision of Brexit—or risk electoral obliteration in 2024.
Russia Is Taking Advantage of the Invasion-Stirred Migration Crisis
As food problems worsen, new refugees head for Europe.
The NATO-Russia Founding Act Is Hanging by a Thread
Moscow has torn up the rulebook, but Western officials are paying lip service to the 1990s-era deal.
Biden’s Push for Lower Energy Prices Amounts to a ‘Declaration of Bankruptcy’
FP columnist Adam Tooze discusses how fluctuating oil and gas prices are changing the world as we know it.
Will British Security Policy Take a New Turn After Boris Johnson?
London is Europe’s defense heavyweight and Ukraine’s stalwart supporter. For now, that’s the consensus.
Europe’s Tiny Steps Won’t Solve Its Energy Emergency
The bad policies that created the crisis are still in place.
With Finland and Sweden in NATO, the U.S. Can Finally Pivot to the Pacific
Washington has a golden opportunity to finally do less in Europe.
Europe’s Worst Energy Nightmare Is Becoming Reality
Russian outages and record-high prices threaten a “winter of discontent.”
The Virulent Nationalism That Led to Srebrenica Is Back in Bosnia
And Russian President Vladimir Putin is eager to exploit it.
NATO’s New Division of Labor on Russia and China Won’t Be Easy
The bloc’s formal designation of Beijing as a threat is just a first step. Now comes the hard part.
The Road to a Cease-Fire in Ukraine Is Full of Pitfalls
Any deal must not repeat the fatal flaws of the Minsk agreements, which laid the path to the current war.
Can Military Tories Save Britain’s Conservative Party?
The U.K. would be wise to turn to them for their defense experience and serious policy expertise—not out of hope for a military messiah.
How to Equip Ukraine to Break the Black Sea Blockade
Russia’s grain blockade is a global catastrophe. It can be broken without NATO intervention.
Why America’s Far Right and Far Left Have Aligned Against Helping Ukraine
The discourse surrounding Russia’s war on Ukraine has created strange bedfellows.
Sen. Coons: Putin Is ‘Counting on Us Losing Interest’ in Ukraine War
One of the leading voices on the Senate foreign affairs panel weighs in on the conflict, Turkey’s change of heart, and NATO’s turn to Asia.
Canada Bulks Up Diplomatic Footprint in Europe in Wake of Ukraine War
Leaning forward—from the foreign ministry.
Britain’s Rwanda Deportation Policy Is a Cruel, Expensive Failure
Boris Johnson’s offshoring of asylum-seekers won’t stop the human smuggling trade—or deter people fleeing tyranny who are intent on reaching Britain.
The Ukraine War Is Dividing Europe’s Arctic Indigenous People
It has driven a wedge between Sámi in Russia and those in Nordic countries.
From Pushkin to Putin: Russian Literature’s Imperial Ideology
Russian classical literature, chock full of dehumanizing nationalism, reads disturbingly familiar today.
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.
The G-7 Agrees: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Is a ‘Zeitenwende’
New survey data shows majorities across the group of major industrial countries see Putin’s aggression as a fundamental turning point for the world.
What the Fall of Empires Tells Us About the Ukraine War
Russia’s war can only be understood as a bloody post-imperial conflict.
Germany’s New Resolve on Russia Is Already Flagging
Berlin—along with Paris—may yet help Moscow snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Germany May Soon Pay Millions to Far-Right Operatives
A pending court case could force Berlin to fund the AfD’s foundation.
Ukraine Wants a Lend-Lease Plan for Energy to Escape Russian Chokehold
Russia blackmails its neighbors with energy. Kyiv needs a solution.
Swedengate Was a Lesson in How Easily Misinformation Spreads
One person’s anecdote became a false lesson in national character.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Russia Might Not Lose
Gabrielius Landsbergis weighs in on why Russia needs to be defeated, why Eastern European states were and are nervous, and why the West needs to step up.
2 Percent Defense Spending Is a Bad Target for NATO
Focusing on military budgets alone hurts the alliance’s relevance.
Biden Is Still Worried About Poking the Russian Bear
“If that’s our attitude, we’re never going to win a war again, ever,” said one U.S. source familiar with the debate.
NATO Allies Are Rethinking Russia’s Supposed Military Prowess
But Russia’s early military failures in Ukraine don’t make it any less dangerous, military analysts warn.
Former NATO Chief: We ‘Overestimated’ Russia’s Military
Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks to FP about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, the future of NATO, and more.
Civilians on Ukraine’s Front Lines Face Food and Water Shortages and Worse—Lack of Medication
The battle for the Donbas could well be the deadliest phase of the war.
Finnish President: Putin Took NATO Application News ‘Very, Very Calmly’
Sauli Niinisto tells FP about his country’s decision to join the alliance—and the Russian president’s response.
Estonia’s Prime Minister: ‘We Need to Help Ukraine Win’
Kaja Kallas talks about the threat from Russia, the future of the war, and what should come next for NATO in the Baltics.
Ukraine Wants Longer-Range Ammunition for Donbas Gunfight
“We’re still not giving them what they want,” one U.S. source told Foreign Policy.
Will Teaching Aggressors a Lesson Deter Future Wars?
Calls to inflict a decisive defeat on Russia are misguided and won’t necessarily prevent Putin or others from using force.
The U.K.’s Bold Bosnia Policy Slaps Down Russian-Backed Separatists
Sarajevo’s hopes of NATO accession are growing as London steps in.
Russia’s Imperial Arrogance Is Destroying Ukrainian Heritage
The Kremlin believes it’s the true heir of classical civilization—and is poised to replicate its pillage of Syria in Ukraine under the guise of cultural preservation.
Azerbaijan Stands to Win Big in Europe’s Energy Crisis
That spells trouble in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Americans, Like Swedes, Need Help Telling Fact From Fiction
A botched disinformation board shouldn’t be the end of efforts to educate the public.
Restive Caucasus Sees Signs of Discontent with Putin’s War
But with power increasingly centralized in the Kremlin, don’t look for Moscow’s empire to fracture anytime soon.
Inside a Major Nerve Center for Shipping Military Aid to Ukraine
In just a few weeks, U.S. and British officials have turned an ad hoc operation into a pipeline.
Russia’s Black Sea Blockade Will Turbocharge the Global Food Crisis
Lithuania’s call for a naval coalition to break Russia’s stranglehold on Ukraine’s exports hasn’t been taken up—yet.
Germany’s Christian Democrats Are on a Comeback Mission
The future of governance in the country looks very much like a conservative-green alliance.
Why Has Erdogan Ramped Up Turkey’s Clash With the PKK?
Intensifying conflict with the Kurdish armed movement in Iraq and Syria will likely improve his chances of reelection.
Corruption Could Mean Ukraine Loses a Future Peace
Reconstruction partners must be careful not to hand money to oligarchs.
Putin Wants to Keep Fighting. Who Will Fill the Ranks?
Moscow has to figure out how to replenish unprecedented losses in just under three months of fighting.
For Opposition to Putin’s War, Look to the Fringes of His Empire
The dirty secret of the Russian military is that long-conquered subjects are the Kremlin’s cannon fodder.
Swedish Defense Minister: ‘In Our Part of Europe, NATO Will Be Much Stronger’
Peter Hultqvist talks about Sweden’s bid for NATO, the Turkish roadblock, and what to do in the meantime.
Baltic States Are Pushing NATO for More Than Just a Tripwire Against Russia
Moscow’s neighbors in NATO want larger troop deployments that could deter any more land grabs by Putin.
Xi’s Control of Domestic Politics Has Trapped Beijing Over Ukraine
Analysts in China can’t be open about what drives policy.
NATO Countries Begin Ushering Finland and Sweden Into the Fold
The U.K. and several Nordic countries have offered security guarantees to what could be NATO’s newest members.
Finns Show Up for Conscription. Russians Dodge It.
Two seemingly similar systems produce very different militaries.
Could Sabotage Stop Putin From Using the Nuclear Option?
If the West is behind mysterious fires in Russia, the ongoing—but deniable—threat could deter Putin from escalating.
Western Companies Can Help Ukraine by Sending Work
Ukraine’s tech outsourcing sector, one of Europe’s largest, has adapted nimbly to the war.
Serbia’s Arms Deals Show It’s Tilting Away From Russia and Toward China
Belgrade’s purchase of FK-3 air defense systems from Beijing marks a shift in Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s diplomatic and defense policy.
The War in Ukraine Undermines Orban’s Illiberal Project
By dividing the Visegrad Group, Russia’s invasion gives Europe’s mainstream an opportunity to fight back.
Former Soviet States Are Distancing Themselves From Their Old Imperial Master
The war in Ukraine is prompting countries from Kazakhstan to Moldova to reexamine their colonial past and seek diplomatic allies beyond the Kremlin.
Stop Falling for Russia’s Delusions of Perpetual Victory
The best sources on the war are the Ukrainians on the ground.
Don’t Cling to Hopes That Putin Will Ever Face Justice
The system for prosecuting war crimes is broken—but focusing on sanctions could work.
U.S. Diplomats Tiptoe Back Into Ukraine—Weeks After Their European Counterparts
Lawmakers push the U.S. State Department to overcome its “bunker mentality,” but in Ukraine, that’s complicated.
Ukraine’s Military Pulled Itself Out of the Ruins of 2014
U.S. training helps but isn’t the main reason for the transformation.
Finland’s Foreign Minister on Why Helsinki Is Moving Toward NATO Now
Pekka Haavisto once spearheaded efforts to engage with Russia and broaden cooperation. Now he’s helping lead Finland toward NATO membership.
Moldova Welcomes Ukrainian Refugees but Fears for Its Own Future
The country has offered solidarity to neighbors fleeing Russia’s war. Will it get more support from the EU?
Why Washington Should Take Russian Nuclear Threats Seriously
Historically, states have escalated when facing the prospect of imminent defeat—and Putin has a track record of following through on his threats.
Ukraine’s Online Volunteers Go After Russian Targets
Kyiv says it doesn’t endorse cyberattacks—but it’s thankful for them.
3 Years Later, the U.S. Could Finally Send an Ambassador to Ukraine
The nomination of career diplomat Bridget Brink comes as Washington begins sending its diplomats back into Ukraine.
‘Thanks, Putin’: Finnish and Swedish Lawmakers Aim for NATO Membership
Politicians who have long called for Finland and Sweden to join NATO seem poised to finally get their wish.
How Climate Change and War Are Compounding Food Insecurity
Disruption to Black Sea routes and climate change-related crop failures pose major risks to food security in Ukraine and around the world.
Hungary Is an Outlier in Eastern Europe’s Liberal Future
A wave of election victories has stymied autocratic parties.
France Braces for High-Stakes Rematch Between Macron and Le Pen
For two weeks, the French president and the far-right leader have been vying for the left-wing vote—and it’s still up for grabs.
Germany Is Displacing Afghan Refugees to Make Way for Ukrainians
Hundreds of Afghans who fled the Taliban have been evicted as an even larger flood of Ukrainian war refugees arrive.
The 1 Percent Chance That Putin Will Be Prosecuted
The road to war crimes tribunals is exceedingly long—and full of dead ends.
China’s Taiwan Invasion Plans May Get Faster and Deadlier
Russian mistakes offer some warnings for Beijing’s ambitions.
The West Finally Starts Rolling Out the Big Guns for Ukraine
Some Ukrainians fear it could be too little, too late.
What Happens to the Homes Ukrainians Leave Behind?
Abandonment, destruction, or occupation of homes and property is a grim hallmark of modern conflicts.