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Von der Leyen and Zelensky in Kyiv
Von der Leyen and Zelensky in Kyiv

EU Mulls Putting Ukraine on Track for Membership

Official candidacy for the bloc is unlikely, but even a lesser accession status would send a powerful signal.

Honor guards carry the coffin of Rustam Zarifulin, a Kyrgyz soldier who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine, in Kara-Balta, Kyrgyzstan, on March 27.
Honor guards carry the coffin of Rustam Zarifulin, a Kyrgyz soldier who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine, in Kara-Balta, Kyrgyzstan, on March 27.

Restive Caucasus Sees Signs of Discontent with Putin’s War

But with power increasingly centralized in the Kremlin, don’t look for Moscow’s empire to fracture anytime soon.

Demonstrators hold placards during a rally in support of Ukraine in Almaty, Kazakhstan on March 6.
Demonstrators hold placards during a rally in support of Ukraine in Almaty, Kazakhstan on March 6.

Former Soviet States Are Distancing Themselves From Their Old Imperial Master

The war in Ukraine is prompting countries from Kazakhstan to Moldova to reexamine their colonial past and seek diplomatic allies beyond the Kremlin.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured at a meeting in Novo-Ogarevo, Russia on Aug. 7, 2007.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured at a meeting in Novo-Ogarevo, Russia on Aug. 7, 2007.

When Recognition Is Reckless

Russia is not the only country irresponsibly offering diplomatic stamps of approval.

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.

A Ukrainian soldier patrols at the checkpoint.
A Ukrainian soldier patrols at the checkpoint.

The West Must Deter Russia or Accept Defeat

Putin hasn’t set his sights on just Ukraine. Further destabilization of Georgia is next on his agenda.

Georgians rally to demand the liberation of Mikheil Saakashvili.
Georgians rally to demand the liberation of Mikheil Saakashvili.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Misha?

Former President Mikheil Saakashvili’s hunger strike is a test case for Georgia’s trembling democracy.

Mikheil Saakashvili
Mikheil Saakashvili

Washington’s Forgotten Golden Boy Is Trying for a Comeback in Georgia

Mikheil Saakashvili has forced himself back on the political stage—despite the danger.

Georgian opposition supporters take part in a rally following the arrest of Nika Melia, the leader of the United National Movement, in the town of Rustavi on Feb. 24.
Georgian opposition supporters take part in a rally following the arrest of Nika Melia, the leader of the United National Movement, in the town of Rustavi on Feb. 24.

Georgia Holds Fraught Elections Amid a COVID-19 Disaster

Dozens of people are dying a day, and the country’s future may be on the line.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili takes off his protective facemask before delivering a speech at the Georgian Parliament, in Tbilisi, on Feb. 22.
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili takes off his protective facemask before delivering a speech at the Georgian Parliament, in Tbilisi, on Feb. 22.

Georgia Turns Its Back on the West

The ruling Georgian Dream party is taking Tbilisi into Moscow’s orbit while eroding democratic institutions.

People wear rainbow masks at a rally in Tbilisi, Georgia.
People wear rainbow masks at a rally in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Geopolitical Fault Line Behind the Attack on Tbilisi Pride

LGBT rights are at the center of the struggle over Georgia’s Western leanings.

Georgian opposition supporters wave national flags.
Georgian opposition supporters wave national flags.

Georgian Democracy Stumbles Onward After Parliament Deal

A six-month stalemate over vote-rigging accusations has been partially, but messily, resolved.

Ukrainian soldiers on the front line in Donetsk.
Ukrainian soldiers on the front line in Donetsk.

Ukraine Needs a Clear Path to NATO Membership

Russia’s recent aggression along its border shows why Kyiv needs decisive action from the alliance.

Supporters of the Georgian opposition party United National Movement are seen in the party's headquarters as the police raided the building in Tbilisi on Feb. 23.
Supporters of the Georgian opposition party United National Movement are seen in the party's headquarters as the police raided the building in Tbilisi on Feb. 23.

Arrest of Georgia’s Opposition Leader Prompts Call for Sanctions

A police raid on the opposition headquarters is a watershed moment for the region’s only democracy.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden rallies with Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Jon Ossoff
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden rallies with Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Jon Ossoff

Biden’s Big Day: Senate Control And Support From Pence and McConnell

In response, pro-Trump protesters storm the Capitol, forcing Congress into recess.

Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) stands with dozens of people calling for stopping the vote count in Pennsylvania due to unfounded charges of fraud on the steps of the State Capitol on Nov. 5 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) stands with dozens of people calling for stopping the vote count in Pennsylvania due to unfounded charges of fraud on the steps of the State Capitol on Nov. 5 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

America’s Democracy Demotion

Pro-democracy groups and foreign governments should be calling out Donald Trump’s attack on the country’s core democratic institutions. They aren’t.

A woman demonstrating for peace in Tbilisi, Georgia.
A woman demonstrating for peace in Tbilisi, Georgia.

12 Years After Russian Invasion, Georgia Sees No End in Sight

But far from being intimidated, Georgia’s envoy to the United States says Russia’s intervention has only redoubled the country’s desire to join NATO and the European Union.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for a meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for a meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.

U.S. Sees Russian Push to Consolidate Foothold in Georgia 

Russian-backed authorities in Georgia’s separatist regions are continuing to harden border crossings, limiting access for the United States and aid organizations.

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