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Putin’s War

How the world is dealing with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Displaced Yemenis receive food aid and supplies
Displaced Yemenis receive food aid and supplies

Who’s to Blame for the Global Hunger Crisis?

Moscow and Washington battle at the U.N. to assign responsibility for a looming food crisis that threatens millions with starvation.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sits for a press conference.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sits for a press conference.

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.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the United Nations Security Council via video link on April 5.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the United Nations Security Council via video link on April 5.

Why Neutrality Is a Trap for Ukraine

Putin’s goal isn’t halting NATO enlargement—it’s destroying Ukraine’s sovereignty and democratic future.

What Russia Wants

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony marking the 1,030th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Prince Vladimir, the leader of Kievan Rus, in Moscow on July 28, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony marking the 1,030th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Prince Vladimir, the leader of Kievan Rus, in Moscow on July 28, 2018.

Putin’s Thousand-Year War

The reasons for his anti-Western enmity stretch back over Russia’s entire history—and they will be with us for a long time.

Serb residents hold a poster portraiting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a ceremony marking a historic battle  at  Gazimestan, near Pristina on June 28, 2009. The ceremony marked the anniversary of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo, where the Serbian army was defeated by the Ottoman Empire.
Serb residents hold a poster portraiting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a ceremony marking a historic battle at Gazimestan, near Pristina on June 28, 2009. The ceremony marked the anniversary of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo, where the Serbian army was defeated by the Ottoman Empire.

Why Putin Keeps Talking About Kosovo

For the Kremlin, NATO’s 1999 war against Serbia is the West’s original sin—and a humiliating affront that Russia must avenge.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a United Russia ruling party members meeting in Moscow on Aug. 22, 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a United Russia ruling party members meeting in Moscow on Aug. 22, 2021.

3 Things the World Should Know About Putin

The nature of Putin’s Russia has changed drastically in the last few years.

Russian army trucks are pictured on a riverbank in Nar, near the border between Russia and Georgia, on Aug. 15, 2008.
Russian army trucks are pictured on a riverbank in Nar, near the border between Russia and Georgia, on Aug. 15, 2008.

Russia Is Reenacting Its Georgia Playbook in Ukraine

False claims of military withdrawal followed by recognition of breakaway regions is a tried and tested Kremlin strategy.

Washington’s Moves

Illustration United States Ukraine
Illustration United States Ukraine
Then-NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) speaks with then-U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates (right) and then-U.S. ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder in Istanbul on Feb 5, 2010.
Then-NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) speaks with then-U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates (right) and then-U.S. ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder in Istanbul on Feb 5, 2010.

The Problem With the Debate Over Helping Ukraine

Ivo Daalder, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, explains why discussions about a no-fly zone over Ukraine are not framed in the right way.

Biden and Putin at U.S.-Russian summit
Biden and Putin at U.S.-Russian summit

With Putin, Biden Should Channel His Inner Realist

A contest of ideas is hobbling U.S. policy in the standoff over Ukraine.

Ukrainian tanks prepare for an attack against Russian forces
Ukrainian tanks prepare for an attack against Russian forces

Regional Impact

People wait in line for food distribution.
People wait in line for food distribution.

‘War in Ukraine Means Hunger in Africa’

The International Monetary Fund’s two top leaders discuss the global economic ramifications of Russia’s invasion.

Gen. Claudio Graziano after a visit to the national gendarmerie Carabinieri headquarters in Rome on Nov. 5, 2018.
Gen. Claudio Graziano after a visit to the national gendarmerie Carabinieri headquarters in Rome on Nov. 5, 2018.

Is an EU Army Coming?

Russia’s war in Ukraine is turning the European Union into a serious military player.

Trains pass through Kazakhstan’s Altynkol rail hub.
Trains pass through Kazakhstan’s Altynkol rail hub.

Putin’s War Has Killed China’s Eurasian Railway Dreams

The iron silk road was a key part of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Protesters hold out a giant Ukraine Flag. In the background another Ukrainian flag is held up and a Polish flag is also visible.
Protesters hold out a giant Ukraine Flag. In the background another Ukrainian flag is held up and a Polish flag is also visible.

How the Russia-Ukraine Crisis Is Turning Poland Into a Strategic Player

Warsaw is set to become the linchpin of the West’s efforts to project power in Eastern Europe.

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A soldier of the Ukrainian troops stands at the frontline outside the town of Novoluhanske, eastern Ukraine, on February 19, 2022.
A soldier of the Ukrainian troops stands at the frontline outside the town of Novoluhanske, eastern Ukraine, on February 19, 2022.

West Worries About Fraying Consensus Over Ukraine

Do NATO countries have the stomach for a long war?

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) speaks with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) speaks with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly
Russian soldiers wear chemical protection suits as they stand next to model of Russian Topol intercontinental ballistic missile during a training session at the Serpukhov's military missile forces research institute some 100km outside Moscow on April 6, 2010.
Russian soldiers wear chemical protection suits as they stand next to model of Russian Topol intercontinental ballistic missile during a training session at the Serpukhov's military missile forces research institute some 100km outside Moscow on April 6, 2010.

Ukraine Wants NATO’s Help Against Russia’s WMDs

Ukraine is calling out Russia’s “state nuclear terrorism.”

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.

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.

MQ-9 Reaper drone
MQ-9 Reaper drone

‘It’s Not Afghanistan’: Ukrainian Pilots Push Back on U.S.-Provided Drones

Both the Biden administration and Ukraine are worried that American strike drones would get shot down quickly.

A container is decorated with a map showing the proposed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a project that was scrapped after Russia invaded Ukraine, in Lubmin, Germany, on March 1.
A container is decorated with a map showing the proposed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a project that was scrapped after Russia invaded Ukraine, in Lubmin, Germany, on March 1.
Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis
Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis

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.

An aerial view of crosses, floral tributes, and photographs of the victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha that mark the graves in a cemetery in Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.
An aerial view of crosses, floral tributes, and photographs of the victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha that mark the graves in a cemetery in Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.
NATO soldiers participate in a military exercise in Estonia.
NATO soldiers participate in a military exercise in Estonia.

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.

A resident of the Donbas front line city Vuhledar makes a fire for cooking outside a residential block
A resident of the Donbas front line city Vuhledar makes a fire for cooking outside a residential block
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto

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.

A crater and damaged building in the Donbas
A crater and damaged building in the Donbas

Ukraine Wants Longer-Range Ammunition for Donbas Gunfight

“We’re still not giving them what they want,” one U.S. source told Foreign Policy.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (right) speaks during a news conference with Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto at the State Department in Washington on May 27.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (right) speaks during a news conference with Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto at the State Department in Washington on May 27.

Finland Is Set for NATO—if Turkey Plays Ball

Turkey’s objections to new NATO members are a speed bump, not a roadblock, says Finnish Foreign Minister.

A man walks past a building with a banner in support of Russian military action in Ukraine
A man walks past a building with a banner in support of Russian military action in Ukraine
A destroyed Russian main battle tank rusts next to the main highway into the city on May 20, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
A destroyed Russian main battle tank rusts next to the main highway into the city on May 20, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Pentagon Deputy: Russia’s Defense Industry ‘Will Feel’ Pain of Ukraine War

Russia’s vaunted defense modernization depends on precisely the Western gear it can no longer acquire.

An airport vehicle pulls a portion of a shipment of weapons that include Javelin anti-tank missiles and other military hardware delivered on a National Airlines plane by the United States military at Boryspil Airport near Kyiv on January 25, 2022 in Boryspil, Ukraine.
An airport vehicle pulls a portion of a shipment of weapons that include Javelin anti-tank missiles and other military hardware delivered on a National Airlines plane by the United States military at Boryspil Airport near Kyiv on January 25, 2022 in Boryspil, Ukraine.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the Victory Day parade.
Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the Victory Day parade.

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.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal is displayed on a screen.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal is displayed on a screen.

Ukraine’s Other Front Line

Russia has flailed on the battlefield. But the damage inflicted on Ukraine’s economy could prove existential without Western support.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stands with Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stands with Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist.

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.

French soldiers during a NATO drill in Estonia
French soldiers during a NATO drill in Estonia

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.

A Ukrainian service member wears a headlamp in the dark
A Ukrainian service member wears a headlamp in the dark
Ukrainian soldiers ride on a moving truck-mounted multiple rocket launcher
Ukrainian soldiers ride on a moving truck-mounted multiple rocket launcher

Ukraine Still Wants More Help to Win the War

Kyiv pleads for advanced gear as the Donbas fighting drags on, but advocates fear there’s “not enough political will.”

This photograph taken on April 2, 2022 shows a destroyed Russian tank in Dmytrivka village, west of Kyiv, as Ukraine says Russian forces are making a "rapid retreat" from northern areas around Kyiv and the city of Chernigiv.
This photograph taken on April 2, 2022 shows a destroyed Russian tank in Dmytrivka village, west of Kyiv, as Ukraine says Russian forces are making a "rapid retreat" from northern areas around Kyiv and the city of Chernigiv.

Western Sanctions Are ‘Beginning to Bite’ Into Russia’s Military

But not quite enough to check Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk by a row of troops
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk by a row of troops

U.K.: China Views Russia’s War as ‘Bad for Business’

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Beijing views Moscow as an increasingly “inconvenient friend” as the war in Ukraine is further bogged down.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv
The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv

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.

MiG-29 fighter jets fly over downtown Moscow during a rehearsal for Russia's World War II Victory Day parade.
MiG-29 fighter jets fly over downtown Moscow during a rehearsal for Russia's World War II Victory Day parade.

Putin’s Next Power Play Is a Parade

The Russian leader is expected to use his country’s upcoming World War II Victory Day celebration to stir up support for the bungled war in Ukraine.

A soldier wearing a camouflage uniform and helmet is seen from behind with the Swiss flag in the distance.
A soldier wearing a camouflage uniform and helmet is seen from behind with the Swiss flag in the distance.

Switzerland Flirts With NATO

Russia’s war in Ukraine has some Swiss considering closer cooperation with the alliance—but not membership.

A carnival float featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko
A carnival float featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko

Belarus Is the Other Loser in Putin’s War

Minsk enabled Moscow in its Ukraine war. Now, Belarusians are paying the price.

A missile and smoke from an airstrike in Ukraine
A missile and smoke from an airstrike in Ukraine

Russian Troops Are Taking Putin’s Orders to Demilitarize Ukraine Literally

Russian strikes have hammered facilities that produce heavy gear the Ukrainian armed forces desperately need.

Putin and Guterres sit facing each other across an exceptionally long table.
Putin and Guterres sit facing each other across an exceptionally long table.

The West vs. the Rest

Welcome to the 21st-century Cold War.

A rocket launches from a military base in southern Russia.
A rocket launches from a military base in southern Russia.

‘Stay Down Low’: Ukraine Fears Formidable Russian Air Defenses in the Donbas

Bolstered by the nearby border, Russia is making the fight in the east a no-go zone for Ukrainian air power.

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and combatant commanders at the White House in Washington on April 20.
U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and combatant commanders at the White House in Washington on April 20.

Biden’s Dangerous New Ukraine Endgame: No Endgame

With his strategy to “weaken” Russia, the U.S. president may be turning the Ukraine war into a global one.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres visits Ukraine after Russian invasion
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres visits Ukraine after Russian invasion

The Reluctant Peacemaker

Criticized for inaction in Ukraine, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres wades into diplomatic hellscape with little prospect of halting Russian invasion.

Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili gives a joint press conference.
Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili gives a joint press conference.

President Zourabichvili: Georgia Should Not Be ‘Forgotten’

As the Ukraine war rages, Tbilisi leans West and hedges East.

A Turkish-made Bayraktar TB-2 drone sits on the tarmac at Gecitkale Air Base, near Famagusta in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, on Dec. 16, 2019.
A Turkish-made Bayraktar TB-2 drone sits on the tarmac at Gecitkale Air Base, near Famagusta in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, on Dec. 16, 2019.

Drones Have Come of Age in Russia-Ukraine War

“A child can operate these drones,” one expert said.

Demonstrators wave the Ukrainian flag at night in front of he Georgian Parliament building.
Demonstrators wave the Ukrainian flag at night in front of he Georgian Parliament building.

The Fight for Ukraine Is Forging a New World

If Ukraine prevails against Russia, the global movement toward a more empowered and freer digital world will accelerate.

A close-up photo shows Kirill's face and a lit red candle he is holding.
A close-up photo shows Kirill's face and a lit red candle he is holding.
Moldovan President Maia Sandu speaks next to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Moldovan President Maia Sandu speaks next to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Moldova Feels the Shock Waves of Putin’s War

Russia is now talking about driving toward Moldova’s border as part of its plan to redraw the map of the Black Sea region.

NATO meeting in Brussels.
NATO meeting in Brussels.

‘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.

A currency exchange office in Moscow
A currency exchange office in Moscow

Why Russia’s Economy Is Holding On

With oil exports strong in April, Putin avoids economic ruin while hammering Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomes his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomes his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

Sanctioning Russia Won’t Stop Putin. Just Look at Iran.

Iran is a cautionary tale that stubborn autocracies can’t be disciplined with sanctions.

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin arrives for the second day of a European Union summit in Brussels on March 25.
Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin arrives for the second day of a European Union summit in Brussels on March 25.

Will Russia’s War End Irish Neutrality?

A key pillar of Dublin’s foreign policy may be another casualty of the conflict.

A Russian soldier patrols at a theater in Ukraine.
A Russian soldier patrols at a theater in Ukraine.

What the Fall of Mariupol Would Mean for the War

A propaganda win for Russia, a big battlefield boost, and a way to hide evidence of war crimes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov as they sit in front of a huge screen showing the map of Ukraine during the annual meeting of the Defence Ministry board in Moscow on Dec. 21, 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov as they sit in front of a huge screen showing the map of Ukraine during the annual meeting of the Defence Ministry board in Moscow on Dec. 21, 2021.

Is Ukraine’s Endgame a Russian Land Bridge?

That may depend on how much coastal territory Moscow wants—and whether it can hold it.

French ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins is seen in his office.
French ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins is seen in his office.

Diplomatic Life Returns to Kyiv—Slowly

Some, but not all, of the embassies that fled Ukraine’s capital are coming back.

A Ukrainian multiple rocket launcher BM-21 "Grad" shells Russian troops' position, near Lugansk, in the Donbas region, on April 10, 2022.
A Ukrainian multiple rocket launcher BM-21 "Grad" shells Russian troops' position, near Lugansk, in the Donbas region, on April 10, 2022.

Russia Tries for a Do-Over of Ukraine Invasion in the Donbas

It’s going to be “very, very tough,” one European official said—but Ukrainians remain defiant.

People hold up an effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin gather at the Russian mission with a Vladimir Putin doll in handcuffs during a "Stand With Ukraine" rally on Feb 24, 2022 in New York.
People hold up an effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin gather at the Russian mission with a Vladimir Putin doll in handcuffs during a "Stand With Ukraine" rally on Feb 24, 2022 in New York.

The 1 Percent Chance That Putin Will Be Prosecuted

The road to war crimes tribunals is exceedingly long—and full of dead ends.

A Japanese microprocessor factory
A Japanese microprocessor factory

Putin’s War Threatens Microchips, Teeth, and Beer

Russia’s invasion has torn asunder oil and agricultural markets. But there’s lots more economic carnage on the way.

A black and white image shows men and women seated around a U-shaped conference table.
A black and white image shows men and women seated around a U-shaped conference table.

Why the World Isn’t Really United Against Russia

Global institutions have long relegated much of the world to second-class status.

Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia speaks at the United Nations.
Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia speaks at the United Nations.

Moscow Strikes Back at Countries That Cross It

Russia seeks diplomatic payback at the United Nations and other forums against countries that have denounced its invasion of Ukraine.

A woman walks past a Russian tank on a muddy street with houses and people in the background.
A woman walks past a Russian tank on a muddy street with houses and people in the background.

Putin’s Gruesome Playbook

Russia’s indiscriminate bombing in Ukraine looks startlingly familiar.

Several gas station signs displaying current prices are shown along a street.
Several gas station signs displaying current prices are shown along a street.

The Ukraine Crisis Offers a Rare Chance for Energy and Climate Cooperation

Russia’s war in Ukraine has exposed some difficult truths about the world’s energy needs.

An older woman with a walking stick stands in front of piles of rubble and a destroyed house.
An older woman with a walking stick stands in front of piles of rubble and a destroyed house.

What Happens to the Homes Ukrainians Leave Behind?

Abandonment, destruction, or occupation of homes and property is a grim hallmark of modern conflicts.

A man sits near a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a demonstration in Bamako, Mali, on Feb. 19 celebrating France’s announcement that it will withdraw its troops from the country.
A man sits near a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a demonstration in Bamako, Mali, on Feb. 19 celebrating France’s announcement that it will withdraw its troops from the country.

Russia Flounders in Ukraine but Doubles Down in Mali

Russian mercenaries fill Mali vacuum as European powers pursue an exit.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and her Swedish counterpart, Magdalena Andersson, speak to the media in Helsinki on March 5.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and her Swedish counterpart, Magdalena Andersson, speak to the media in Helsinki on March 5.

How Finland Could Tilt the Balance Against Putin

Helsinki joining NATO is his worst nightmare—apart from losing Ukraine.

A Ukrainian activist carries a drone.
A Ukrainian activist carries a drone.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) and Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov (R) attend the Navy Day parade in St.Petersburg on July 25, 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) and Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov (R) attend the Navy Day parade in St.Petersburg on July 25, 2021.

Russia’s Make-or-Break Gambit in the Donbas

Putin is hungry for some sort of win by Russia’s May 9 Victory Day.

Bulgarian Air Force MiG-29 lands in front of Military police officers at Graf Ignatievo airbase near Plovdiv on Feb. 21.
Bulgarian Air Force MiG-29 lands in front of Military police officers at Graf Ignatievo airbase near Plovdiv on Feb. 21.

The Right Way to Arm Ukraine

There has been too much cheerleading and too little attention to detail when it comes to giving Kyiv the weapons it needs.

A man walks next to the debris of a destroyed Russian tank near the village of Zalissya, northeast of Kyiv, on April 12.
A man walks next to the debris of a destroyed Russian tank near the village of Zalissya, northeast of Kyiv, on April 12.

The Ukraine War Doesn’t Change Everything

Russia’s war marks the definitive end of America’s unipolar moment and returns the world to a state best explained by realism.

A stork flies over a wheat field in Ukraine.
A stork flies over a wheat field in Ukraine.

Panicky Markets Are the Greatest Danger to Global Food Supply

The loss of Ukrainian and Russian wheat can be made up elsewhere.

People take part in a silent protest against the mass killing of Ukrainian civilians.
People take part in a silent protest against the mass killing of Ukrainian civilians.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stands with Gen. Aleksandr Dvornikov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stands with Gen. Aleksandr Dvornikov.

Russia’s New Top Commander in Ukraine Is ‘Willing to Sell His Soul’

A veteran of Russia’s brutal campaign in Syria, Aleksandr Dvornikov will have his work cut out for him as Moscow doubles down in eastern Ukraine.

Workers attach a banner with a photo of a pregnant woman being carried on a stretcher after the bombing of a maternity ward in Mariupol during Russia's war in Ukraine that is displayed as part of an exhibition at the railway station in Vilnius, Lithuania on March 25, 2022, where transit trains from Moscow to Kaliningrad make a stopover.
Workers attach a banner with a photo of a pregnant woman being carried on a stretcher after the bombing of a maternity ward in Mariupol during Russia's war in Ukraine that is displayed as part of an exhibition at the railway station in Vilnius, Lithuania on March 25, 2022, where transit trains from Moscow to Kaliningrad make a stopover.

Putin Is Targeting Ukrainian Hospitals. That’s a War Crime.

The Kremlin is reviving the brutal methods it used in Syria, and the World Health Organization is refusing to name the crime and its perpetrator.

A man in a blue jacket walks away holding a gun on a city street. A Guy Fawkes mask is on the back of his head.
A man in a blue jacket walks away holding a gun on a city street. A Guy Fawkes mask is on the back of his head.

Don’t Underestimate Ukraine’s Volunteer Hackers

Kyiv’s “IT army” could undermine Russia’s war narratives.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Dec. 11, 2014.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Dec. 11, 2014.

Why India Won’t Condemn Russia

The world’s largest democracy is under pressure to join the West in sanctioning Moscow. But New Delhi wants to keep its options open.

A resident watches a TV screen showing news about Russia’s war in Ukraine at a shopping mall in Hangzhou, China, on Feb. 25.
A resident watches a TV screen showing news about Russia’s war in Ukraine at a shopping mall in Hangzhou, China, on Feb. 25.

Ukraine Exposed the True Danger of Chinese Censorship

The Chinese public has been inoculated against outside information.

A Ukrainian service member stands on a destroyed Russian tank.
A Ukrainian service member stands on a destroyed Russian tank.

The Month That Changed a Century

Putin seeks to destroy not just Ukraine but the entire postwar global system. He may yet succeed.

Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova shows pictures during an interview with AFP in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on March 22.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova shows pictures during an interview with AFP in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on March 22.

To Prosecute Putin for War Crimes, Safeguard the Digital Proof

Holding Russia accountable for atrocities in Ukraine requires the painstaking collection and preservation of evidence in the face of rampant disinformation.

A mass grave is exhumed by local authorities as they attempt to identify the bodies of civilians killed during the Russian occupation in Bucha, Ukraine.
A mass grave is exhumed by local authorities as they attempt to identify the bodies of civilians killed during the Russian occupation in Bucha, Ukraine.

Russia’s Ukraine Propaganda Has Turned Fully Genocidal

Egged on by the language of annihilation and extermination, Russian soldiers have become willing executioners.

A masked player places chips on the table during the launch of the Winamax poker tour in Paris on Oct. 25, 2014.
A masked player places chips on the table during the launch of the Winamax poker tour in Paris on Oct. 25, 2014.

It’s Time to Beat Putin at Poker and Call His Bluff

The West must understand the high-stakes game Russia is engaging in, and use calculated aggression to expose the Kremlin's weak hand.

A worker stands in front of pipes which lie stacked at the Nord Stream 2 facility  in Sassnitz, Germany, on Oct. 19, 2017.
A worker stands in front of pipes which lie stacked at the Nord Stream 2 facility in Sassnitz, Germany, on Oct. 19, 2017.

Europe Just Can’t Kick Russian Energy

Outrage is cheap in European capitals. Action comes dearer.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 7.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 7.

Macron’s Vision for European Autonomy Crashed and Burned in Ukraine

A grand intellectual edifice has collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions.

People in Moscow check their phones for information in the days after Russias's invasion of Ukraine.
People in Moscow check their phones for information in the days after Russias's invasion of Ukraine.

West Seeks to Pierce Russia’s Digital Iron Curtain

Governments and media sites are finding creative ways to get the truth about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war to regular Russians.

A woman walks past a currency exchange office in central Moscow.
A woman walks past a currency exchange office in central Moscow.

The Fall and Rise of the Russian Ruble

Western sanctions ravaged the ruble after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. How did the currency bounce back?

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

West Boots Out Hundreds of Russian Diplomats in Wake of Ukraine Invasion and War Crimes

But the U.S. and other countries are stopping short of kicking out Moscow’s ambassadors.

Gennady Kuzmin addresses the U.N. General Assembly.
Gennady Kuzmin addresses the U.N. General Assembly.

U.N. Kicks Russia Off Human Rights Council

In one way at least, so far, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has joined Muammar al-Qaddafi’s Libya.

David Miliband, the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, speaks onstage during the 2021 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City on Sept. 22, 2021.
David Miliband, the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, speaks onstage during the 2021 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City on Sept. 22, 2021.

‘We Can Stanch the Dying, but We Can’t Stop the Killing’

The International Rescue Committee’s David Miliband explains how humanitarian aid groups are managing a historic refugee crisis.

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde bump fists.
Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde bump fists.
The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva
The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva

Russia to U.N. Members: You’re With Us or Against Us

Moscow will interpret a failure to vote against its ouster from the Human Rights Council as a show of support for the U.S.

People hold candles during a rally to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine near the Russian Embassy in Seoul on March 4.
People hold candles during a rally to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine near the Russian Embassy in Seoul on March 4.

South Korea Must Pick a Side

Russia’s war in Ukraine has shown the “shrimp among whales” that hedging is no longer a viable foreign policy.

Modi and Putin meet
Modi and Putin meet

Why Most of the Indo-Pacific Tiptoes Around Russia

With Beijing and Moscow working so closely together, countries find it risky to support the West on Ukraine.

A destroyed building in Ukraine
A destroyed building in Ukraine

Ukraine’s War Has Already Changed the World’s Economy

Global economics will never be the same—but not in the ways you might think.

The Russian and Chinese national flags are seen on the table as Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his China's President Xi Jinping stand during a signing ceremony at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2014.
The Russian and Chinese national flags are seen on the table as Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his China's President Xi Jinping stand during a signing ceremony at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2014.

Opposing China Means Defeating Russia

Moscow’s war isn’t a distraction. It’s part and parcel of the threat posed by Beijing.

Three people huddle together in mourning in front of a large pile of dirt as snow falls.
Three people huddle together in mourning in front of a large pile of dirt as snow falls.

War Crimes Trials Aren’t Enough

To protect civilians from war crimes, stop them from happening now.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha.

Reports of Russian Atrocities in Ukraine Are Just the Beginning

Hellish scenes from the Kyiv suburb of Bucha spark fears of what awaits in Mariupol.

An armed Ukrainian serviceman stands on a deserted city street.
An armed Ukrainian serviceman stands on a deserted city street.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a meeting on Ukraine with German Chancellor at the Elysee Palace, on December 9, 2019 in Paris.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a meeting on Ukraine with German Chancellor at the Elysee Palace, on December 9, 2019 in Paris.

The Meaning of Ukraine’s Coming Neutrality

History offers clear examples of what neutral status means—and what it doesn’t.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City on Sept. 24, 2014.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City on Sept. 24, 2014.

Putin’s War Is an Existential Crisis for the United Nations

It needs to be replaced by an organization where one nation cannot escape accountability because it is in a special class.

Women wait in line during a World Food Program food distribution on the outskirts of Kabul.
Women wait in line during a World Food Program food distribution on the outskirts of Kabul.

Afghanistan’s Hungry Will Pay the Price for Putin’s War

The knock-on effects of Russia’s war on Ukraine are hammering wheat-dependent countries such as Afghanistan.

Activists march with an inflatable globe during a demonstration against nuclear weapons in Berlin on Nov. 18, 2017.
Activists march with an inflatable globe during a demonstration against nuclear weapons in Berlin on Nov. 18, 2017.

How to Avoid the Dark Ages of Arms Control

There are two possible pathways after Ukraine. One of them is harrowing.

Iryna Sergeyeva, a volunteer fighter in the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces, attends military training in Kyiv on March 11.
Iryna Sergeyeva, a volunteer fighter in the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces, attends military training in Kyiv on March 11.
 
 

Russia’s War Is the End of Magical Thinking

The Davos view of globalization is dead—and that’s a good thing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin votes online on the first day of the three-day parliamentary election at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on September 17, 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin votes online on the first day of the three-day parliamentary election at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on September 17, 2021.

Russia Prepares Destructive Cyberattacks

So far, Moscow’s forays in cyberspace have been as ineffective as its frontal assaults—but that could change.

Women and children from Ukraine, including a mother carrying an infant, arrive at the Medyka border crossing near Medyka, Poland, on March 4.
Women and children from Ukraine, including a mother carrying an infant, arrive at the Medyka border crossing near Medyka, Poland, on March 4.

The Problem With Coverage of Women in War

Stereotypes “permit and exacerbate conflict,” experts say.

Peace activists pose with mock nuclear missiles in Berlin.
Peace activists pose with mock nuclear missiles in Berlin.

The West Is With Ukraine. The Rest, Not So Much.

Africa and Asia’s long-standing ties to Russia and resentments against Washington keep them on the fence—for now.

Dodik and Putin shake hands standing in front of their respective flags.
Dodik and Putin shake hands standing in front of their respective flags.

Why NATO Should Worry About the Balkans

Moscow is creating a pretext for further meddling in Bosnia.

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during the daily White House press briefing in Washington on Feb 11.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during the daily White House press briefing in Washington on Feb 11.

Why Is the Wartime Press Corps So Hawkish?

The United States’ most reputable media outlets have a long history of tilting toward military action.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

For India, Putin’s War Starts to Look Like a Gift

From cheap Russian oil to sudden overtures from China, India’s neutral stance on Ukraine has many benefits.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attends a ceremony welcoming Ukrainians, who were freed by pro-Russian rebels during a prisoner exchange, at the Boryspil airport outside Kiev on Dec. 29, 2019.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attends a ceremony welcoming Ukrainians, who were freed by pro-Russian rebels during a prisoner exchange, at the Boryspil airport outside Kiev on Dec. 29, 2019.

Ukraine Is Ready for Painful Concessions

The government and its people are recognizing what a cease-fire deal with Russia would really mean.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Russian government, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Russian government, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Moscow.

Russia Claims It Is Open to Peace Negotiations. Few Are Convinced.

The Kremlin could be using talks to buy time and regroup on the battlefield, experts warn.

Ukrainian troops after a battle against Russian troops
Ukrainian troops after a battle against Russian troops

What Does Russia Want in Ukraine?

Russian officials said they are backing off of Kyiv. But that doesn’t mean the invasion is over.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan reviews the guard of honour upon his arrival during a welcome ceremony ahead of a meeting with Ukrainian President, in Kiev, on October 9, 2017.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan reviews the guard of honour upon his arrival during a welcome ceremony ahead of a meeting with Ukrainian President, in Kiev, on October 9, 2017.

Ukraine’s War Is Erdogan’s Opportunity

Turkey’s president is seizing on Europe’s crisis to establish his own country’s independent power.

A demonstrator poses with an installation depicting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg during a protest in London on Oct. 25, 2021.
A demonstrator poses with an installation depicting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg during a protest in London on Oct. 25, 2021.

4 Reasons Why Putin’s War Has Changed Big Tech Forever

The conflict has permanently upended how the major platforms do business.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Russia Joins the Asian Club

Even if Russian President Vladimir Putin had never invaded Ukraine, Russia was tilting toward the Asian system.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a press conference in Kyiv on March 3, 2022.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a press conference in Kyiv on March 3, 2022.

The Realist Case for a Ukraine Peace Deal

Conflict resolution isn’t just for woolly-headed idealists.

A child walks in front of a damaged school in Zhytomyr, Ukraine
A child walks in front of a damaged school in Zhytomyr, Ukraine

Where Does Putin’s War Go From Here?

Experts outline five ways Russia’s bloody invasion of Ukraine might end.

A plaque of the U.S. Defense Department seal
A plaque of the U.S. Defense Department seal

Pentagon Rolls Out Defense Strategy Amid War in Europe

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has forced the Pentagon to tweak its China-focused approach.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2018.
Russian journalist Oksana Baulina killed in Ukraine
Russian journalist Oksana Baulina killed in Ukraine
Ukrainians in Lviv demonstrate their support of the residents in Mariupol.
Ukrainians in Lviv demonstrate their support of the residents in Mariupol.

‘An Absolute Effort to Strangle the People in the City’

FP’s Adam Tooze on the economics of Russia’s siege on Mariupol in Ukraine.

French deputies and senators applaud during a videoconference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (on screen) at the Assemblée Nationale in Paris, on March 23.
French deputies and senators applaud during a videoconference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (on screen) at the Assemblée Nationale in Paris, on March 23.

Would a Peace Deal Between Russia and Ukraine Do More Harm Than Good?

While a serious negotiated settlement could end Ukrainians’ suffering, a premature peace deal could be the worst possible outcome for Kyiv.

A U.N. peacekeeper keeps guard in Bria in the Central African Republic.
A U.N. peacekeeper keeps guard in Bria in the Central African Republic.

Putin Resorts to Syrian Mercenaries in Ukraine. It’s Not the First Time.

The Kremlin has been recruiting thousands of hardened Syrian fighters to join its war in Ukraine.

Adults and children walk with their belongings near a blue train.
Adults and children walk with their belongings near a blue train.

A Chance to Fix the Broken Refugee Model

We’ve learned a lot about how not to handle refugee crises.

Vistors arrive at St. Michael's monastery May 18, 2005  in central Kiev, Ukraine.
Vistors arrive at St. Michael's monastery May 18, 2005 in central Kiev, Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage Is Desperate for Help

Russia could destroy Ukrainian history, unless the United States does something about it.

Ukrainian troops patrol in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian troops patrol in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian Counterattacks Are Pushing Back Russian Troops

“As we see, their Army is bullshit,” one Ukrainian official said.

A mother in a black coat holds her child's hand walking through a crowd. The child is wearing a light blue coat.
A mother in a black coat holds her child's hand walking through a crowd. The child is wearing a light blue coat.

Fleeing Ukraine’s Last Safe Haven

Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have fled to Lviv since the war began. But Russian attacks are getting closer.

French fighter jet takes off
French fighter jet takes off

Putin Has Popped the EU Defense Bubble

No, the European Union cannot make the continent secure.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 28, 2015.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 28, 2015.

Learning the Right Cybersecurity Lessons From Putin

Does Russia’s restraint in Ukraine so far confirm that the digital domain isn’t especially useful for warfighting?

A grain harvester in the Russian Federation
A grain harvester in the Russian Federation

Russia’s Invasion Unleashes ‘Perfect Storm’ in Global Agriculture

Curtailed harvests and scarcer fertilizer all but promise hunger and hardship for tens of millions.

A protester holds a placard reading “Ukraine in EU” during a rally to support Ukraine in Strasbourg, France, on March 12.
A protester holds a placard reading “Ukraine in EU” during a rally to support Ukraine in Strasbourg, France, on March 12.

The EU Can Walk a Tightrope on Admitting Ukraine

Brussels should learn from its experience in the Western Balkans.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at press conference a joint press conference with German Chancellor at the Kremlin in Moscow, on February 15, 2022. (Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/ Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin at press conference a joint press conference with German Chancellor at the Kremlin in Moscow, on February 15, 2022. (Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/ Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)

Prosecuting Putin

Bringing the Russian president to trial will be a challenge. But war crimes lawyers are raring to go.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured while meeting with the Tunisian President during his arrival at the presidential palace in Carthage on the eastern outskirts of the capital Tunis on November 27, 2018.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured while meeting with the Tunisian President during his arrival at the presidential palace in Carthage on the eastern outskirts of the capital Tunis on November 27, 2018.

Mohammed bin Salman Has Leverage on Biden—and Is Using It

Saudi Arabia’s cooperation on lowering oil prices will come at the cost of the West’s values.

A closed Starbucks in Moscow
A closed Starbucks in Moscow

Why the Corporate Flight From Russia Is No Precedent for China

Businesses are unlikely to face similar pressures in an Asian crisis.

A picture taken on February 24, 2022 shows a video-conference of G7 leaders on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
A picture taken on February 24, 2022 shows a video-conference of G7 leaders on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

Only a Financial NATO Can Win the Economic War

The West’s sanctions abroad will fall short without cooperation on bailouts at home.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks in front of a Russian flag.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks in front of a Russian flag.

Putin Has Coup-Proofed His Regime

Russian security forces are carefully policed for loyalty.

A damaged TV tower is seen in Kyiv, Ukraine.
A damaged TV tower is seen in Kyiv, Ukraine.

‘The Ukrainians Are Listening’: Russia’s Military Radios Are Getting Owned

Russia’s encrypted military phones aren’t working. So they’ve resorted to stealing phones from Ukrainians.

Firefighters sit amid debris in the area of a research institute, part of Ukraine's National Academy of Sciences, after a strike by drones, in northwestern Kyiv.
Firefighters sit amid debris in the area of a research institute, part of Ukraine's National Academy of Sciences, after a strike by drones, in northwestern Kyiv.
A commuter walks past an ad for the U.S. multinational investment bank and financial services company Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong on Sept. 30, 2021.
A commuter walks past an ad for the U.S. multinational investment bank and financial services company Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong on Sept. 30, 2021.

Ukraine Should Give Investors Second Thoughts on China

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war has shown autocracies aren’t safe bets.

A woman pushes a baby carriage past the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv
A woman pushes a baby carriage past the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv

U.S. Envoy Offers Limited Lifelines to Local Ukraine Embassy Staff

State Department tells local employees it left behind that the U.S. will continue paying them for “as long as possible.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu tour a military gear exhibition before the annual meeting of the Defence Ministry board in Moscow on Dec. 21, 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu tour a military gear exhibition before the annual meeting of the Defence Ministry board in Moscow on Dec. 21, 2021.

‘Winging It’: Russia Is Getting Its Generals Killed on the Front Lines

Russian generals have had to lead from the front because its amateur army can’t move otherwise.

A pro-Ukraine demonstrator wearing a face mask holds a placard reading “Hands off Ukraine” during a demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy in Berlin on Feb. 22.
A pro-Ukraine demonstrator wearing a face mask holds a placard reading “Hands off Ukraine” during a demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy in Berlin on Feb. 22.

Ukraine, Russia, and the Bear Hug of Authoritarianism

Of all the democracies that emerged in the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine has suffered the most from Russian interference.

Ukrainian refugees walk a bridge at the buffer zone with the border with Poland in the border crossing of Zosin-Ustyluh, western Ukraine on March 6, 2022.
Ukrainian refugees walk a bridge at the buffer zone with the border with Poland in the border crossing of Zosin-Ustyluh, western Ukraine on March 6, 2022.

The Moral Realism of Europe’s Refugee Hypocrisy

The difference between Europe’s treatment of Syrians and Ukrainians is evidence of racism—and reality.

Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili
Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili

Georgia Threatens to Sue Its Own President Over Her Support for Ukraine

Georgia’s ruling party, if not its populace, wants to appease the Kremlin. Georgia’s president does not.

Street musicians in Lviv, Ukraine
Street musicians in Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv Becomes the Center of Ukraine’s Resistance

With the east in flames, the western Ukrainian city houses refugees, aid workers, and diplomats seeking to turn the tide of war.

Intercontinental ballistic missile launchers and an armored vehicle are seen during a military parade in Red Square in Moscow on June 24, 2020.
Intercontinental ballistic missile launchers and an armored vehicle are seen during a military parade in Red Square in Moscow on June 24, 2020.

Putin’s War Is a Death Blow to Nuclear Nonproliferation

Russia has shown that an attacker with nuclear arms is fundamentally safe.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, on September 18, 2018.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, on September 18, 2018.

Viktor Orban Is the West’s Pro-Putin Outlier

Hungary’s prime minister is committed to splitting the difference between Brussels and Moscow.

A woman wears face paint in the colors of the Ukrainian flag while protesting against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Feb. 24.
A woman wears face paint in the colors of the Ukrainian flag while protesting against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Feb. 24.

Ukrainian Women on the Front Lines but Not in the Headlines

Ukrainian women are at the center of the war—but too often at the margins of public imagination.

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade was a group of volunteers from the United States who served in the Spanish Civil War as soldiers, technicians, medical personnel and aviators fighting for Spanish Republican forces as part of the International Brigade.
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade was a group of volunteers from the United States who served in the Spanish Civil War as soldiers, technicians, medical personnel and aviators fighting for Spanish Republican forces as part of the International Brigade.

The International Brigade 2.0

The foreign volunteers in Ukraine follow those who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War.

German protesters hold signs in support of Ukraine.
German protesters hold signs in support of Ukraine.

How Putin Bungled His Invasion of Ukraine

Faulty assumptions, terrible logistics, and a ferocious Ukrainian resistance have turned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Ukrainian adventure to ashes—for now.

Evacuees from Mariupol, Ukraine, at a shopping center on the outskirts of Zaporizhzhia
Evacuees from Mariupol, Ukraine, at a shopping center on the outskirts of Zaporizhzhia

‘The World Must Know What Happened to Us’

After weeks of siege by the Russians, some in Mariupol are finally escaping the bombs, the burning buildings, and the bodies.

People look at damage after a missile strike in Kyiv, Ukraine.
People look at damage after a missile strike in Kyiv, Ukraine.

6 Questions About Russia’s War in Ukraine, Answered

Your guide to Foreign Policy’s coverage of the war so far.

Putin sits at the end of a long table with a flag behind him.
Putin sits at the end of a long table with a flag behind him.

Why Putin Probably Won’t Give Up Anytime Soon

History—and Putin’s penchant for risk—suggest he’s likely to dig in his heels.

Sen. Rick Scott attends a Senate hearing.
Sen. Rick Scott attends a Senate hearing.

Republican Senators Block Confirmation of Key Biden Officials, Stymying Ukraine Response

A Democratic lawmaker accuses Sen. Rick Scott of “single-handedly undermining” the United States’ full response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Biden stands at a podium with the presidential seal on it; behind him is a projected image of the 2021 G-20 logo.
Biden stands at a podium with the presidential seal on it; behind him is a projected image of the 2021 G-20 logo.

It’s Time to Expand the G-20

The United States should help the body finally live up to its promise.

The mother of Ukrainian officer Ivan Skrypnyk cries over his coffin during a funeral ceremony in Lviv, Ukraine.
The mother of Ukrainian officer Ivan Skrypnyk cries over his coffin during a funeral ceremony in Lviv, Ukraine.

How Does the Ukraine War End?

The West needs to prepare for a lose-lose cease-fire.

World Food Program Chief David Beasley
World Food Program Chief David Beasley

U.N. to Keep Beasley at WFP as Food Crises Roil the World

The head of the United Nations’ top food agency will get a job extension now that Russia’s invasion has put food security at risk for millions.

Evacuees from Mariupol, Ukraine
Evacuees from Mariupol, Ukraine

In Mariupol, Russia’s Barbarity Is Laid Bare

Some civilians have escaped. Thousands have died. This is Putin’s war—and their story.

Stoltenberg holds a gavel at a desk with the NATO logo behind him
Stoltenberg holds a gavel at a desk with the NATO logo behind him

6 Things NATO Can Do to Help Ukraine Right Now

A no-fly zone is highly escalatory yet unlikely to work. Here are six better options.

Ukrainian soldiers stand guard on a road north of Kyiv.
Ukrainian soldiers stand guard on a road north of Kyiv.

Ukrainian Staff at U.S. Embassy, Left Behind, Say U.S. Is Backtracking on Promises of Support

“It looks as if some officials have already given up on Ukraine,” local staff told the State Department.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the U.S. Congress by video.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the U.S. Congress by video.

Is Biden Getting Sucked Into Putin’s War?

The Ukrainian president’s powerful appeal to Congress could change Washington’s careful calculus.

Members and supporters of the Ukrainian community attend a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in New York.
Members and supporters of the Ukrainian community attend a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in New York.

Poll: Experts Oppose No-Fly Zone Over Ukraine

IR scholars overwhelmingly say involving U.S. air power risks uncontrollable escalation. Biden and his advisors agree.

A Ukrainian military member looks at destruction in Kharkiv
A Ukrainian military member looks at destruction in Kharkiv

Bogged-Down Russian Troops Resort to Deadly Cluster Munitions

Weapons investigators say Russian use of cluster munitions across Ukraine—which are banned by most countries—has been “flagrant and widespread.”

Women and children from war-torn Ukraine, including a mother carrying an infant, arrive in Poland at the Medyka border crossing on March 4, 2022 near Medyka, Poland.
Women and children from war-torn Ukraine, including a mother carrying an infant, arrive in Poland at the Medyka border crossing on March 4, 2022 near Medyka, Poland.

Ukraine’s Mothers Are the Heart of the War

Women separated from their husbands have become a symbol of the country’s moral standing.

A banner depicting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin
A banner depicting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Syrian Fighters May End Up on Both Sides of the Ukraine War

Young Syrians have already served as mercenaries elsewhere.

Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman.
Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman.

America’s ICC Animus Gets Tested by Putin’s Alleged War Crimes

Does U.S. support for an investigation of Russia’s attack on Ukraine signal a bigger policy shift?

A British combat volunteer heads toward the Ukrainian border in Przemysl, Poland.
A British combat volunteer heads toward the Ukrainian border in Przemysl, Poland.

Moscow Turns U.S. Volunteers Into New Bogeyman in Ukraine

With Russia’s use of mercenaries growing, the Kremlin seeks distractions.

Two men wearing backpacks jointly carry a large duffel bag as they walk away from the camera toward a building.
Two men wearing backpacks jointly carry a large duffel bag as they walk away from the camera toward a building.

The Risky Status of Ukraine’s Foreign Fighters

Russia has labeled Ukraine’s foreign fighters “mercenaries”—raising questions about their legal status if captured.

A hand holds a cell phone showing the Netflix app with an alert message.
A hand holds a cell phone showing the Netflix app with an alert message.

Will Russia Chase Out Big Tech?

The Kremlin’s battle with foreign tech companies didn’t begin in January.

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gives hand to U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in front of the American embassy of Vienna June 3, 1961.
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gives hand to U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in front of the American embassy of Vienna June 3, 1961.

A New Nuclear Arms Race Is a Real Possibility

History suggests the war in Ukraine could put an end to arms control as we know it.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, on March 14, 2022, the same day he spoke to Vladimir Putin. (JACK GUEZ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, on March 14, 2022, the same day he spoke to Vladimir Putin. (JACK GUEZ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Putin, Zelensky Still Talking—Through Israelis

Putin and Bennett spoke for an hour and a half on Monday even as the Russian assault grinds on.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Hungary’s Orban Pivots Away From Putin as Elections Loom

For 12 years, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has carried water for Putin. Now, he’s wavering.

Two French fighter jets and two Polish MiG-29s
Two French fighter jets and two Polish MiG-29s

Sending Old Fighter Jets to Ukraine Is a Terrible Idea

The urge to do something is strong, but there are more practical ways to help.

Ukrainian army officer Yaroslav Chepurniy
Ukrainian army officer Yaroslav Chepurniy

Russia’s Road to Odesa Runs Through Mykolaiv

War is intensifying along the Black Sea coast, with one key city standing in the invaders’ way.

Belarusian men who joined the Ukrainian territorial defense are in Odesa, Ukraine.
Belarusian men who joined the Ukrainian territorial defense are in Odesa, Ukraine.

Odesa’s Defense Stiffened by Belarusian Volunteers

For hundreds who fled Minsk’s oppression, Ukraine’s fight has become theirs.

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putin-intellectual-catastrophe-lead

The Intellectual Catastrophe of Vladimir Putin

The meaning of Russia’s war in Ukraine is its own national weakness.

Ukrainian soldiers in Lviv
Ukrainian soldiers in Lviv

The Language of Russia’s War on Ukraine

Putin’s weaponization of the Russian language has solidified Ukrainian identity and statehood.

Ukrainian servicemen receive a U.S. shipment of anti-tank Javelin missiles.
Ukrainian servicemen receive a U.S. shipment of anti-tank Javelin missiles.

U.S. Commission Urges Biden to Designate Ukraine, Georgia as Major Non-NATO Allies

The move would facilitate military and economic support for Kyiv as it battles a brutal Russian offensive.

Kharkiv residents sleep on the ground in the Kharkiv metro station on March 10.
Kharkiv residents sleep on the ground in the Kharkiv metro station on March 10.

Life Underground in Bomb-Shattered Kharkiv

Two weeks into the war, residents of Ukraine’s second-largest city are still surviving in squalid shelters.

Demonstrators hold placards and wave flags in support of Ukraine.
Demonstrators hold placards and wave flags in support of Ukraine.

Georgia Walks a Fine Line After Ukraine Invasion

Tbilisi has its own history with Moscow. So why the cold shoulder to Ukraine this time?

A Russian nuclear missile rolls along Red Square during a military parade
A Russian nuclear missile rolls along Red Square during a military parade

Would Putin Use Nuclear Weapons?

The urge to do more to help Ukraine is running up against concerns over nuclear escalation with Russia.

Members of the German Bundeswehr attend a ceremony to honor the veterans of Germany's Afghanistan mission in Berlin on Oct. 13, 2021.
Members of the German Bundeswehr attend a ceremony to honor the veterans of Germany's Afghanistan mission in Berlin on Oct. 13, 2021.

Putin United the West—but Now Comes the Hard Part

Security will require painful trade-offs Western governments may not be ready to make.

A worker stands on an offshore natural gas platform about 60 miles west of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Nov. 2, 2009.
A worker stands on an offshore natural gas platform about 60 miles west of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Nov. 2, 2009.

Germany Should Look to Africa for Gas, Not Russia

To stop financing Moscow’s brutal wars, Berlin should help African countries develop their energy sectors.

Chilean miner Juan Bugueño leaves the Kiara copper mine in Chile, after work on June 22, 2021.
Chilean miner Juan Bugueño leaves the Kiara copper mine in Chile, after work on June 22, 2021.

Why This Commodity Crunch Is Different

The last time prices soared, Latin American economies boomed. Now, trouble is ahead.

A worker directs motorists lining up at a gas station just before a huge jump in the price of petroleum products went into effect in Quezon City, Phiippines, on March 7.
A worker directs motorists lining up at a gas station just before a huge jump in the price of petroleum products went into effect in Quezon City, Phiippines, on March 7.

How Rising Oil Prices Will Change the World as We Know It

FP columnist Adam Tooze on the implications for inflation and climate change.

Volunteers wait for refugees from the Ukraine arriving at the main train station on March 1, 2022 in Berlin.
Volunteers wait for refugees from the Ukraine arriving at the main train station on March 1, 2022 in Berlin.

Europe Is Ready for All of Ukraine’s Refugees

The European Union is preparing to meet the burden of a historic refugee crisis.

A snowman is pictured in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on January 16, 2018.
A snowman is pictured in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on January 16, 2018.

Germany Is Debating How Much to Suffer for Ukraine

Europe’s largest economy is trying to figure out just how badly it would fare without Russian gas.

French President Emmanuel Macron leaves a polling booth.
French President Emmanuel Macron leaves a polling booth.

Putin’s War Is Shaking Up the French Election

As Macron negotiates with Putin, some of his rivals dance around their past enthusiasm for the Russian leader.

A woman takes part in a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of the Russian consulate in Montreal, Canada, on Feb. 25.
A woman takes part in a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of the Russian consulate in Montreal, Canada, on Feb. 25.

Putin’s War Could Save the Global Economic Order

In this crisis, Western countries have shaken off decades of economic policy lethargy.

Erdogan stands in front of microphones on a podium in front of Turkish flags.
Erdogan stands in front of microphones on a podium in front of Turkish flags.

Turkey’s Balancing Act on Ukraine Is Becoming More Precarious

Ankara faces growing pressure to pick sides between Kyiv and Moscow.

Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman.
Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman.

Ukraine Wants NATO Jets. Biden Says Not Yet.

The difficulty in delivering NATO-owned, Soviet-built aircraft highlights the tightrope U.S. President Joe Biden is walking.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Europe’s New Security Unity Can Repair Damaged Relationships

The United Kingdom should be a critical part of post-Ukraine arrangements.

Amid a crowd a demonstrator holds a sign that reads "UKRAINE = EUROPE" with the Ukrainian and EU flags side by side.
Amid a crowd a demonstrator holds a sign that reads "UKRAINE = EUROPE" with the Ukrainian and EU flags side by side.

Ukraine Is Europe’s Chance for Renewal

Russia’s war in Ukraine has to be met not just with resistance but with inspiration.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomes his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomes his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

Russia’s ‘Eleventh-Hour’ Interference in the Iran Deal

Moscow is seeking to use the Iran deal to shield itself from the full effect of Western sanctions.

Pro-Ukraine protesters in Iran.
Pro-Ukraine protesters in Iran.

In Backing Russia on Ukraine, Iran Is on the Wrong Side of History

The self-proclaimed champion of anti-imperialism is now sugarcoating an imperial war.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on March 8.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on March 8.

Biden Bans Russian Oil Imports

It’s a symbolic move—with potentially big geopolitical consequences.

Refugees walk to safety at the Ukraine-Poland border crossing.
Refugees walk to safety at the Ukraine-Poland border crossing.

From Siege to Sanctuary

In two weeks, ordinary Ukrainians have become refugees, soldiers, and the symbol of a nation’s resilience when under attack.

A large white mansion is shown behind a security gate.
A large white mansion is shown behind a security gate.

Can London Cleanse Itself of Dirty Russian Money?

Bill Browder on why the U.K.’s new Economic Crime Bill isn’t enough to kick out Russian oligarchs.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gestures as he speaks.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gestures as he speaks.

Hints of a Ukraine-Russia Deal?

Zelensky appears to float suggestions of a compromise, but U.S. officials fear Putin could double down.

A destroyed house after a Russian attack in Markhalivka, Ukraine.
A destroyed house after a Russian attack in Markhalivka, Ukraine.

Kyiv Braces for the Onslaught

Ukraine’s capital still stands, even as its suburbs have been mauled by indiscriminate Russian strikes.

Maduro and Putin on a placard in Caracas
Maduro and Putin on a placard in Caracas

U.S.-Venezuelan Oil Deal Should Not Forget Democracy

A surprise trip to Caracas seems to have secured some energy relief—but needs to yield democratic benefits, too.

Newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky examines books on the IX International Book Festival "Book Arsenal" in Kiev on May 23, 2019.
Newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky examines books on the IX International Book Festival "Book Arsenal" in Kiev on May 23, 2019.

An International Relations Theory Guide to the War in Ukraine

A consideration of which theories have been vindicated—and which have fallen flat.