Putin’s Fear of Strong Generals Is as Old as Russia Itself
Prigozhin’s rise and fall is the latest example of what happens when a ruler in Moscow fears the power of military underlings.
Why Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Has Been Slower Than Expected
Former CIA analyst Andrea Kendall-Taylor with the big-picture view on Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Cluster Munitions Are Biden’s Latest Slow-Roll on Ukraine Aid
Yes, they can put some civilians at risk—but that should be the Ukrainians’ call to make.
Ukrainians Are Accusing Russia of Ecocide. What Does That Mean?
The dam blast rekindled a concept with Vietnam War roots but no place in international law—yet.
The Last Big Weapon on Ukraine’s Wish List
Lawmakers want Biden to send long-range ATACMS sooner rather than later.
How Ukraine Has Changed Russian Diplomacy
Moscow is shunning legacy platforms for dialogue—and creating its own.
Congress Pressures Biden to Help Ukraine Into NATO
Kyiv doesn’t want to get stuck in NATO’s never-never land.
How Kyiv Is Wooing the Global South
Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova on convincing the rest of the world to stand on the right side of history.
Tooze on the ‘Dramatic Reconceptualization’ of Europe
How the war in Ukraine will remake the continent.
Russia’s Great Reverse Migration
Central Asians used to flee the Soviet empire’s periphery for Moscow. Russia’s mobilization has sent escaping Muscovites in the other direction.
Ukraine and Belarus Are Fighting the Same War
A Russian defeat in Ukraine could send Belarus’s dictator packing.
North Korea’s Shell Game Is Not a Game-Changer, Pentagon Says
Moscow’s deal with Pyongyang for more artillery rounds will fill Russian gaps—but likely not turn the tables in Ukraine.
What Does Victory Look Like in Ukraine?
Ukrainians differ on what would keep their nation safe from Russia.
Russia’s Home Port in Occupied Crimea Is Under Fire
“If you’re on a Russian naval ship, you’re not safe anywhere in the Black Sea,” said one retired U.S. admiral.
Russia’s Would-Be Assassins Still Stalk Europe’s Streets
Moscow’s regular spies have been expelled. Their kill squads are still active.
The Washington Whiz Kids Mapping the War in Ukraine
How the Institute For the Study of War became the media’s go-to source for tracking the Russian invasion.
Prigozhin’s Assassination Was Business, Not Revenge
The Wagner chief broke the deal struck with Putin for his survival.
Ukraine’s Long and Sordid History of Treason
For money or out of conviction, some Ukrainians are helping Russia kill their compatriots.
New Russian Schoolbooks Preach Hatred of Ukraine and the West
The Kremlin has taken indoctrination and historical falsification to a new level.
Why We Should Not Bet on a Peaceful Russia
The idea that a deal with Moscow will bring peace in Ukraine is based on very flimsy assumptions.
What’s Next for the Wagner Group?
The infamous Russian mercenary group finds itself without a leader, but still with a mission.
A Dead Prigozhin Won’t Stop Tales of a Weak Putin
Interpretations of the Wagner saga are more imaginative than analytical.
Russia’s Murderous Mercenary Prigozhin Is Dead
The Wagner chief’s death in a plane crash was confirmed by Russia’s aviation agency.
Russia’s Illegal Bridges Have Ukrainian Crosshairs on Them
Kyiv is determined to destroy a major supply line into occupied Crimea.
Ukraine’s Appeals to Europe Can Alienate Others
Rhetoric about “European civilization” clashes with anti-colonial ideals.
Ukraine Can Learn From Southeast Asia
Cambodia and Laos have direct experience with the aftermath of U.S. cluster bombs, now deployed on the battlefield in Ukraine.
Belarus Is Abducting Ukrainian Children in Plain Sight
A trail of evidence on social networks and state media detail Minsk’s role in a potential war crime
Is the Wagner Group a Terrorist Organization?
The answer could have wide-ranging implications for U.S. policy in Africa and beyond
Western Agencies Offer an Open Door for Russian Defectors
The CIA and MI6 are promising a trust Moscow lacks.
Putin’s Paranoia Has Turned on Russia’s Far Right
The security state is targeting nationalists like Igor Girkin.
Sanctions Haven’t Stopped Russians From Having Their Fun in the Sun
Boeing aircraft are still plying tourist routes from Moscow to Turkey, Egypt, and Thailand, and they’re refueling—and possibly getting repairs—en route.
Russia Declares War on Wheat, Peas, and Barley
Moscow used to bang shoes to get attention. Now it blows up grain warehouses.
Inside the Desperate Diplomatic Efforts to Salvage U.S.-South Africa Ties
South Africa’s support for Russia after its invasion of Ukraine has incensed some in Washington.
What the Wagner Mutiny Means for China in Africa
When it comes to increasing its security footprint abroad, Beijing is facing a conundrum in reconciling Maoist doctrine with contemporary reality.
How Worried Should We Be About Zaporizhzhia?
It’s not Chernobyl 2.0. But experts say Russian threats to cause a catastrophe shouldn’t be dismissed lightly.
Lukashenko Won the Putin-Prigozhin Fight
The dictator of Belarus recognized the mutiny in Russia as an opportunity to empower himself.
Europe Can Flex Its Military Muscle to Protect Postwar Ukraine
Integrating Kyiv into the Joint Expeditionary Force would help deter Moscow.
Cluster Bombs Are Terrible. Ukraine Still Needs Them.
I saw the impact of these weapons on my homeland—but Biden’s decision was right.
Wartime Elections in Ukraine Are Impossible
Voting in the middle of the Russian invasion is legally and practically unworkable.
Prigozhin’s Failed Coup Was a Blessing in Disguise
In times of political instability, Washington prefers the nuclear devil it knows.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen: ‘Putin Has Exploited Our Hesitation’
NATO’s former secretary-general on the case for arming Ukraine and what to expect at the Vilnius summit.
2 Options to Prevent the Next Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Will it be NATO membership or the Israel model?
Biden Set to OK Cluster Munitions for Ukraine
The decision to send the controversial weapons comes after months of knife fights within the U.S. administration.
The Wagner Mutiny Could Strengthen Iran in Syria
Putin faces a choice between punishing Prigozhin and ceding influence and territory to Tehran.
The Putin-Prigozhin Fight Now Has a Syrian Battlefield
The Kremlin is trying to take control of the Wagner Group’s Middle Eastern empire.
Prigozhin Should Study Europe’s Greatest Mercenary
Albrecht von Wallenstein was the Holy Roman Empire’s power broker—until he clashed with his superior.
Is Revolt in Russia Good for America?
The Wagner Group’s short-lived mutiny seems to have weakened Putin—but that isn’t necessarily a win for Washington.
Adam Tooze: How Putin Overstretched His Military in Ukraine
Last weekend’s mutiny was partly the product of a mismanaged authoritarian state.
Russia’s Nukes Are Probably Secure From Rogue Actors
Moscow has a tight command-and-control system—but there’s always a risk.
Xi’s Schadenfreude Over Moscow’s Mutiny
Xi feels vindicated over Putin’s style of governance—but has made a bad bet on the Russian leader.
Wagner Mutiny Rattles the Kremlin’s War in Ukraine
With its good fighters out of the picture, Russia’s manpower problems get worse.
Russia’s Periphery Takes Note of Putin’s Sudden Weakness
In Central Asia and the Caucasus, the Wagner rebellion has exposed Russia’s fragility.
Putin’s Strongman Image Suddenly Unravels for Russians
His mishandling of the revolt puts him in the spotlight—and Russians don’t like what they see.
Putin’s Stability Was Always a Myth
Prigozhin’s revolt has exposed the rotten foundations of a mafia state.
Congress Presses Biden to Deliver Cluster Munitions to Ukraine
Lawmakers from both parties want Ukraine to have the tools to root out entrenched Russian occupiers.
Why Kornilov’s Ghost Haunts Putin
A 1917 attempted coup d’etat is a reminder that even an ineffective mutiny can alter the course of history.
The Global South Is Keeping Russia’s Energy Economy Afloat
Gas and oil flows are reshaping geopolitical alignments.
Prigozhin’s Mutiny Is the Beginning of Putin’s End
Nobody in Russia understands what the war in Ukraine is about. And now, nobody knows if that war is coming to them.
What Russian Elites Think About the Wagner Crisis
What Russian elites are thinking about the mercenary leader’s abortive march on Moscow.
How to Curb Corruption in Ukraine’s Postwar Reconstruction
Lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan on managing malfeasance while rebuilding.
How to Use Russia’s Frozen Assets to Rebuild Ukraine
Conventional institutions won’t be able to handle reparations.
China’s Big Gas Bet Raises Questions About Complicity With Russia
Chinese-linked firms went on a spree of deals in the run-up to the invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Big Counteroffensive Gets Underway
Unlike last fall, Ukraine has to crack hardened Russian lines before doing any open-field running.
Sweden Pushes to Fast-Track Delayed NATO Bid
NATO is revamping defense plans that will be a whole lot harder to execute with Sweden on the outside.
What Ukraine’s Dam Collapse Means for the War
The breach could unleash a disastrous new humanitarian crisis as Kyiv readies its counteroffensive.
Blockade Runners Keep War-Torn Ukraine Working
“We’re basically homeless here, but at least we’re home.”
Ukrainian U.N. Ambassador: Russia Is ‘Mold That Invades Your House’
Sergiy Kyslytsya talks about Putin’s nuclear blackmail, what to do with the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, and how even Henry Kissinger can learn.
Putin Wants You to Think He’s an Anti-Woke Crusader
By pitching himself as a hero to the U.S. right, he’s taking a page from the 1960s North Vietnamese playbook to undermine support for Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Farmland Is a Literal Minefield
With their livelihoods threatened and the state stretched thin, agricultural workers are taking demining into their own hands.
A Day Inside Putin’s Surreal Television Empire
How the nonstop blare of Russian state media fuels the war effort—and blurs reality.
No, Russia Is Not Massively Skirting Sanctions
Eight takeaways about Russian evasion of Western sanctions.
It’s Back-to-School Season for Ukrainian Fighter Pilots
Kyiv’s top brass hopes to get Western fighter jets before their kids go off to college.
4 Ways U.S. Support for Ukraine Helps Defend Taiwan
From deterrence to military readiness, Ukraine aid is a major boost to Pacific security.
Russia Is Already Looking Beyond Ukraine
Moscow’s massive losses may not neutralize its threat to NATO countries.
Turn Ukraine Into a Bristling Porcupine
No matter how this war ends, Russia will need to be deterred from attacking again.
Russia’s Frighteningly Fascist Youth
A new generation of Russians glorifies war, death, and Vladimir Putin.
Holding Russia Accountable for War Crimes Is Harder Than It Looks
Debate rages over whether to pick the “gold, silver, or bronze” medal option for prosecuting war crimes.
A South African Scandal Could Shake Up Relations With Washington
Do South Africa’s denials that it supplied weapons to Russia ring true?
Ukraine Begins Pre-Offensive Probe of Russian Lines
“I would really hate to be a Russian private sitting in a trench right now,” said one former U.S. military commander.
Ukraine’s Next Big Diplomatic Offensive Is in the Global South
More ambassadors, more embassies, and, the hope is, more countering Russia.
China Won’t Let Russia Starve the World
The end of the Black Sea Grain Initiative would hurt Beijing, too.
Russia’s Convict-Soldiers Have Their Own Brutal Rules
The recruitment of prisoners via the Wagner Group has boosted manpower but cost morale.
For Russians, Reading Is the New Resistance
What bestselling books tell us about how Russians are processing the war.
NATO’s Got a New Backbone
It’s time for the United States to prioritize members of the alliance that understand the Russian threat and are taking it seriously.
The Islamic State Has a New Target: Russia
The group’s Afghanistan branch is capitalizing on the Russia-Ukraine war to recruit, fundraise, and incite violence.
For Russians, It’s the Wild 1990s All Over Again
Overflowing graveyards and other parallels signal a threat to Vladimir Putin’s rule.
Ukraine’s Air War Heats Up
Ukraine has enjoyed air superiority for more than 400 days. Time may be running out.
Brazil Is Ukraine’s Best Bet for Peace
The nonaligned country has strong diplomatic traditions—and its president is a pro at building global coalitions.
On the Homefront, Families Mourn Ukrainian Fighters
Behind closed doors in western Ukraine, the devastating impact of the distant war becomes clear.
Ukraine Starts to Rebuild After Russia’s Rampage
But some damage can’t be fixed by bricks and mortar.
Ukraine’s Spring Offensive Is Waiting on Weapons
Every day Kyiv waits, the Russians dig deeper trenches.
War With Chechnya Brutalized Russian Society, and Ukraine Is Paying the Price
Videos of atrocities stem back to the bloody wars of the 1990s.
Colin Kahl: ‘We’re All In’ on Supporting Ukraine
The Pentagon’s top policymaker on Kyiv’s forthcoming spring offensive, the impact of recent leaks, and the long-term challenge of China.
The Kids Aren’t Alright
Kyiv says more than 16,000 Ukrainian children have been taken to Russia. This is the story of a few who made it home.
Putin’s Homophobia Is Advancing LGBTQ Rights in Ukraine
Many have begun to associate anti-gay bigotry with imperial aggression.
China Is Studying Russia’s Economic Playbook for Conflict
Moscow’s efforts to deflect Western intervention may be applied to Taiwan.
Washington Does Damage Control on Ukraine War Leaks
Both Washington and Kyiv sought to downplay the more than 50 classified documents that surfaced on an internet server in March.
Ukraine’s Leopard Tank Crews Are Trained and Ready to Fight
Advanced tanks will be critical to any summer offensive.
Russia’s State-Backed Mercenaries Are Building a Brand on Cruelty
The Wagner Group is strikingly reckless with its own men’s lives.
The U.S. and NATO Seek to Blunt Putin’s Black Sea Ambitions
The war in Ukraine exposes a vulnerable seam in NATO strategy.
Why Neutrality Is Obsolete in the 21st Century
As Finland joins NATO, a few European holdouts cling to nonalignment.
China’s ‘Peace Plan’ for Ukraine Isn’t About Peace
Beijing’s diplomatic overture has three ulterior motives.
India’s Defense Plans Fall Victim to Putin’s War
Russian weapons dominate India’s arsenal, but Moscow can no longer deliver.
Finland’s ‘NATO Option’ Set to Become Reality
Putin’s war in Ukraine is about to add 800 miles to his headaches.
How to Benchmark Victory in Ukraine
Western vagueness about war aims is creating a risky vacuum for the Kremlin to exploit.
The U.S. Should Get Over Its Short War Obsession
No one wants long, grueling wars—but the consequences of impatience can be worse.
Why Latin America Will Stay Nonaligned
As Argentina’s president prepares to meet with the U.S. president, the bloc’s consensus on Russia’s war in Ukraine will be put to the test.
Russia Has the Hydrocarbons, but China Has the Cash
Moscow is stumbling on energy diplomacy even now.
Russia’s Disinformation Machine Has a Middle East Advantage
Russian state-run media outlets have spread the Kremlin’s Ukraine war narrative effectively in the region.
The Nuclear Education of Vladimir Putin
There is evidence the Russian president is not ignorant of the security benefits of arms control.
It’s Easy But Wrong to Be Cynical About Putin’s Indictment
The charges may be an important step in pushing global justice forward.
The Case for Ramping Up Military Support for Ukraine
Philip Breedlove, a former supreme allied commander for NATO, says policymakers are falling for Putin’s nuclear rhetoric.
Even More Than Tanks and Planes, Ukraine Needs IFVs
Front-line officers are desperate for a less glamorous weapon: the infantry fighting vehicle.
Putin Wanted by ICC Over Alleged War Crimes
The court has issued arrest warrants for the Russian president and another senior official over the forcible deportation of Ukrainian children.
Crunch Time Looms for Black Sea Grain Export Deal
Russia wants more concessions to keep allowing vital food exports to leave Ukrainian ports.
Even Recorded Murders Won’t Turn Russia Against the War
A crushed society is incapable of facing the truth.
Seasoned Russia Envoy Joins Biden’s NSC
Nicholas Berliner, a veteran diplomat, has joined the White House to run Russia policy.
Russia’s War Has Unified Europe’s Opposing Sides
The invasion of Ukraine has finally reconciled Europe’s liberals and nationalists.
Putin Is Trapped in the Sunk-Cost Fallacy of War
Moscow is grasping for meaning in a meaningless invasion.
Europe’s New Frontier
We thought there were buffer states in Europe. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has revealed they are frontier ones.
Arm Ukraine or Prepare for China? Wrong Question.
No matter the goal, Washington needs to quickly fill gaps in defense production.
Don’t Trust Russia’s Numbers
Moscow has made economic statistics a central part of its information war.
Ukraine’s Newest Weapons Shipment Is From 300 B.C.
An embassy event celebrates the seizure of ancient swords from a would-be Russian smuggler.
America Is Still Losing the Information War
Washington urgently needs a 21st-century communication strategy.
Staring Down the Black Hole of Russia’s Future
A Ukrainian victory may be the country’s only chance at long-term salvation.
Incrementalism Is Throttling U.S. Support for Ukraine
Ad hoc, one-off decisions and lagging implementation are undermining the strategic effects of U.S. military assistance.
The World Isn’t Slipping Away From the West
The United States and Europe get a few things wrong about global attitudes toward Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Is the Ukraine War an Anti-Colonial Struggle?
Fellow victims of Russian imperialism are finding solidarity with Kyiv.
China’s Ukraine Peace Plan Is Actually About Taiwan
Beijing’s phony proposal lays bare its conditions for winning an East Asian war.
Iran Doubles Down on Arms for Russia
Despite fresh salvos of Western sanctions, Tehran and Moscow are buddying up on defense ties.
Putin Has Assembled an Axis of Autocrats Against Ukraine
Russia’s war is receiving critical assistance from authoritarian regimes around the world.
A Private Company Is Using Social Media to Track Down Russian Soldiers
Open-source investigations were once potent journalistic tools, but in Ukraine, they’re being used on the battlefield.
The U.N. Has Turned Turtle on the Ukraine War
A paralyzed Security Council and a toothless General Assembly can’t come to grips with Russia’s challenge to the international order.
How Ukraine Learned to Fight
Russia’s full-scale war started a year ago. Ukraine’s military started slashing its Soviet roots long before.
Putin’s Russian Critics Are Growing Ever Louder
The most pointed criticisms of the war are coming from those charged with fighting it.
War Hasn’t Deterred Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Fighters
Activists argue the struggles for state transparency and national liberation are one and the same.
The Conversation About Ukraine Is Cracking Apart
What government officials are saying in public, and private, is fascinating—and full of contradictions.
An End to the War Doesn’t Mean the End of Putin
Russia may well emerge from the war poor, belligerent, and with President Vladimir Putin still in power.
Ukraine’s War Has Finally Made Europe a Home
Russia’s invasion has made Europeans more emotionally attached to the continent than ever before.
A Surreal Evening at the Russian Embassy
Caviar and vodka on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine.
‘Killing Was a Game for Russians’
The war in Ukraine is a year old. Here are the stories of some who have survived.
Putin Needs Repression to Run an Unpopular War
The Russian state is doing more than ever to crush dissent.
Putin Should Have Known His Invasion Would Fail
Russian intelligence ignored facts in favor of wish-casting.
Ukraine Can Change the Future of Prosecuting Crimes of Aggression
The right to life trumps the right to fight, and knowledge of a war’s damage trumps belief in its justice.
Russia Sanctions: 10 Lessons and Questions for What Comes Next
What has the West learned from one year of unprecedented economic sanctions?
A Report Card on the War in Ukraine
If year two of the war were a carbon copy of the first, Russia would control almost one-third of Ukraine next February.
‘Putin Still Believes Russia Will Prevail’
Angela Stent and Michael Kofman discuss one year of the war in Ukraine—and what to expect next on the battlefield.
The War in Ukraine Affects Us All
The Netherlands’ prime minister argues that Russia’s war is a great-power conflict—with the world’s small states near its center.
Ukraine Is Serious About Taking Back Crimea
A Ukrainian attack on the Russian-occupied peninsula might only be a matter of time.
Putin’s New START Announcement and the Future of Arms Control
Russia and the United States hold about 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons. What happens when they’re no longer talking?
Why the West Is Afraid of Ukraine’s Victory
The West’s historical anxieties have made it impossible to come to terms with the war’s reality.
Biden Makes Historic Visit to Wartime Ukraine
Side by side with Zelensky, the U.S. president declares: “We stand here together.”
Can Russia Ever Become a ‘Normal’ European Nation?
Ironically, a defeat by Ukraine could trigger Russians to reexamine their national identity.
Meet the Belarusian Regiment Fighting for Ukraine
Someday, soldiers hope to return home and topple Lukashenko.
Putin’s Ukraine War Dominates Talks at Munich Security Conference
But long-range weapons aren’t a cure-all for Ukraine.
A Labour-Led Britain Will Stand With the EU and NATO to Defend Ukraine
In a long struggle against Putin, Britain can’t ignore any ally.
The Drone War in Ukraine Is Cheap, Deadly, and Made in China
Crowdsourced donations are fueling eyes in the sky.
NATO Chiefs Try to Jump-Start the Aid Ukraine Really Needs
It’s all about artillery rounds and air defense, not just tanks and fighter jets.
What Putin Got Right
The Russian president got many things wrong about invading Ukraine—but not everything.
For Europe, Military Conscription Is No Answer to Russia’s War
As large-scale conflict appears possible again, NATO members should focus on reserves.
Russia Has Already Lost in the Long Run
Even if Moscow holds onto territory, the war has wrecked its future.
The Other Ukraine War
A new book examining Russia’s 2014 invasion of eastern Ukraine reveals some uncomfortable truths.
Ukrainian Women’s Looks Are None of Your Business
Fetishizing femininity has complicated and painful post-Soviet roots.
It’s High Time to Decolonize Western Russia Studies
Why has it taken a war of conquest for experts to recognize Russia’s nature as a vast imperial enterprise?
Persian Gulf States May Be the Best Mediators for Peace in Ukraine
The Gulf Cooperation Council has maintained links to both Russia and the West.
The Top 5 Lessons From Year One of Ukraine’s War
Europe’s brutal conflict has been a harsh but instructive teacher.
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.
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.
The Deeper Reason Netanyahu Won’t Arm Ukraine Against Russia
Jerusalem’s ties to Moscow are partly about security. They’re also about illiberalism.
Russia’s Failed War Has Created an Opening in the Balkans
The West should remind Serbia not to hitch its wagon to a diminished Russia.
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.
Why Crimea Is Not a Bridge Too Far
Withholding support for Ukraine in reclaiming the territory risks undermining gains made thus far.
Ukraine’s Makeshift Army Is Getting More Misfit Toys
Western tanks pack a punch. They also bring a long tail.
The M1 Abrams Is the Right Tank for the Job in Ukraine
Sending American tanks now helps guarantee a safer world tomorrow.
Europe Needs a Strategy for Russia After Putin
Competing ideas about the end state of the war are striving for dominance.
The World Economy No Longer Needs Russia
With alternative sources in place, Putin’s attempt at blackmailing Europe on energy has failed.
Tanks, but No Tanks
The United Kingdom and Eastern Europe are pushing for the United States and Germany to seriously arm Ukraine—and quickly.