Eastern Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at a map in his country at his residence of Novo-Ogaryevo outside Moscow, on Aug. 11, 2006. (Dmitry Astakhov)

Russia’s Clash With the West Is About Geography, Not Ideology

The Marshall Plan recognized the limits of U.S. power in Europe. To be successful, so must diplomacy with Moscow today.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to a bilateral meeting in Ahmedabad, India, on Sept. 14, 2017. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s Own Belt and Road

Tokyo is ramping up international partnerships and investments to offer an alternative to Beijing’s signature foreign-policy project.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Brussels on December 14, 2017. (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

If You’re Not a Democracy, You’re Not European Anymore

The EU is finally declaring it's a club with rules — and that countries like Poland might not belong.

Vladimir Snidl in the Denník N newsroom in Bratislava, Slovakia, in December. (Tomáš Benedikovič for Foreign Policy)

‘Fake News’ Fights Back

Russian disinformation. A government attacking the media. A populace deeply skeptical of it. These Slovak journalists had seen it all — and decided to do something about it.

A Finnish armored terrain vehicle during an ongoing military exercise on the Swedish island Gotland on September 19. (Anders Wiklund/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s Neighbors Respond to Putin’s ‘Hybrid War’

Baltic and Nordic countries turn to education as much as military hardware to counter Moscow’s hybrid threats.

Andrej Babis near Prague on Oct. 04, 2017. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Czech Republic Falling Under Putin’s Shadow?

Central Europe and the Balkans are slowly but surely slipping away from the West’s embrace.

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Who’s Afraid of George Soros?

How an octogenarian businessman became the bogeyman of Europe.

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Washington Just Punished Russia — and Helped Putin

The Trump administration just made it harder for Russians to enter the United States ... and gave the Kremlin an easy win.

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If Putin Wanted to Step Up His Fight With America, You’d Know It

The Russian president’s decision to cull 755 U.S. Embassy employees was not the act of a man ready to give up on relations with the United States.

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You’re Not Getting Rid of Saakashvili That Easily

The ex-president of Georgia, stripped of both Georgian and Ukrainian citizenship, is sitting in a relative’s apartment in the Bronx, plotting his next move.

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Who Will Win the Battle for the Bolshoi?

The cancellation of a controversial ballet at Russia’s premiere theater holds dark clues as to where the country could be headed after Putin.

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It’s Time to Hit Poland in the Pocketbook

With its latest move, Poland’s ruling party has effectively ended rule of law. It’s long past time for the EU to cut off the budding autocrats to the east.

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The Magnitsky Affair and Russia’s Original Sin

Sergei Magnitsky's death at the hand of the state exposed the rot at the heart of Moscow. Its ripple effects have shaped Russian foreign and domestic policy ever since.

KEHL, GERMANY - APRIL 04:  Military attend the commemoration for the dead NATO soldiers during the NATO summit at the Passerelle des Deux-Rives on April 4, 2009 in Kehl, Germany. Heads of state, foreign ministers and defence ministers of the 28 NATO member countries are participating in the summit from April 3-4 in Strasbourg, Kehl and Baden Baden to mark the 60th anniversary of the transatlantic military and political organization. (Photo by action press-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump Was Right: NATO Is Obsolete

To fight the wars to come, the transatlantic alliance is going to need to start spending more — but not on tanks and fighter jets.

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