Skip to main content

Eastern Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks out the window at the Black Sea resort of Anapa, Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks out the window at the Black Sea resort of Anapa, Russia.

Putin’s World Is Now Smaller Than Ever

The moral and strategic disaster of the Russian leader’s war in Ukraine has ended his imperial dreams.

A Taiwanese frigate launches a U.S.-made Standard missile.
A Taiwanese frigate launches a U.S.-made Standard missile.

The Russian Warship and the South China Sea

What lessons does the sinking of the Moskva have for Taiwan?

The city of Mariupol, Ukraine
The city of Mariupol, Ukraine
A man carries his son as they walk past a graffiti on a wall depicting a Ukrainian soldier firing a U.S.-made Javelin portable anti-tank missile system, in Kyiv, on July 29.
A man carries his son as they walk past a graffiti on a wall depicting a Ukrainian soldier firing a U.S.-made Javelin portable anti-tank missile system, in Kyiv, on July 29.

In Washington, Everyone Wins if Ukraine Wins

How backing Kyiv can bridge the partisan divide and make U.S. foreign policy great again.

Russian and Belarusian troops take part in joint military exercises.
Russian and Belarusian troops take part in joint military exercises.

Russia’s Stripped Its Western Borders to Feed the Fight in Ukraine

But Finland and the Baltic states are still leery of Moscow’s long-term designs.

U.S. President Joe Biden listens to remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on May 19.
U.S. President Joe Biden listens to remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on May 19.

Russia’s Defeat Would Be America’s Problem

Victory in Ukraine could easily mean hubris in Washington.

People gather in front of a shuttered post office in Ukraine.
People gather in front of a shuttered post office in Ukraine.

Postal Workers Are Keeping Ukraine’s Front-Line Villages Alive

Deliveries of packages and pension payments have helped uphold a fragile sense of normalcy for civilians under fire.

A Ukrainian soldier walks by a burnt vehicle.
A Ukrainian soldier walks by a burnt vehicle.

Diplomacy Is Still (Just About) Possible in Ukraine

The Black Sea agreement offers a model for off-ramps to escalation.

Police officers detain demonstrators in St. Petersburg, Russia
Police officers detain demonstrators in St. Petersburg, Russia

How Should the West Respond to Putin’s Military Mobilization?

Doubling down on support for Ukraine could lead to wider conflict—or force the Kremlin to back down.

Military vehicles belonging to the Russian peacekeeping force move on the road outside Lachin on Nov. 29, 2020, after six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Military vehicles belonging to the Russian peacekeeping force move on the road outside Lachin on Nov. 29, 2020, after six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Putin Is Turning Armenia Into a Russian Outpost

Moscow is losing regional influence—but it's shoring up its position in Yerevan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in the Kremlin in Moscow on Dec. 27, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in the Kremlin in Moscow on Dec. 27, 2018.

Russia Can’t Protect Its Allies Anymore

Moscow is overstretched in Ukraine—and Armenia is suffering the consequences.

Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service rest.
Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service rest.

Forest of the Dead

Another mass grave in Ukraine reveals the horrors of Russia’s occupation.

The Battle of Saratoga, a painting by John Trumbull
The Battle of Saratoga, a painting by John Trumbull

Ukraine’s 1777 Moment

Victory in Kharkiv may be as significant for Ukraine’s independence as the Battle of Saratoga was for America’s.

Ones-And-Tooze-podcast-series-1500x1000-site (1)
Ones-And-Tooze-podcast-series-1500x1000-site (1)

Can Ukraine Win the War Yet Lose Its Economy?

Plus: The economics of the British monarchy.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO’s Stoltenberg: Ukraine’s Gains Are ‘Extremely Encouraging’

The trans-Atlantic alliance chief discusses Russia’s war in Ukraine and competing with China.

A boy walks past destroyed buildings in Ukraine
A boy walks past destroyed buildings in Ukraine

Russia Is Seeding Ukraine’s Soil With Land Mines

Removing mines will be a long and costly operation.

Load 10 More Articles
Loading graphics

Welcome to a world of insight.

Explore the benefits of your FP subscription.

Stay updated on the topics you care about with email alerts. Sign up below.

Choose a few newsletters that interest you.

Here are some we think you might like.

  • Morning Brief thumbnail
  • Africa Brief thumbnail
  • Latin America Brief thumbnail
  • China Brief thumbnail
  • South Asia Brief thumbnail
  • Situation Report thumbnail

Analyze the world’s biggest events.

Join in-depth conversations and interact with foreign-policy experts with

See what’s trending.

Most popular articles on FP right now.