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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.

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Is Biden Missing a Chance to Engage China?

Appalled by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine debacle, Beijing could be open to a new U.S. approach.

Russia's assault on the South Caucasus in the 19th century
Russia's assault on the South Caucasus in the 19th century

For Opposition to Putin’s War, Look to the Fringes of His Empire

The dirty secret of the Russian military is that long-conquered subjects are the Kremlin’s cannon fodder.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken participate in a virtual summit with the leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue countries at the White House in Washington on March 12.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken participate in a virtual summit with the leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue countries at the White House in Washington on March 12.

Why China Is Paranoid About the Quad

Beijing has long lived with U.S. alliances in Asia, but a realigned India would change the game.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 14.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 14.

Trump’s Poison Pills Are Still Toxic

Whether it’s Iran, China, Cuba, or immigration, U.S. President Joe Biden often finds himself stymied by his predecessor’s foreign policy.

A grid of video screens shows U.S President Joe Biden attends a virtual summit with ASEAN leaders/
A grid of video screens shows U.S President Joe Biden attends a virtual summit with ASEAN leaders/

Biden and Xi Struggle to Compete in Asia

What do the two superpowers have in common as they woo the region? Flawed strategies.

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.

Hermann Göring, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's second in command, at the Nuremberg trials
Hermann Göring, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's second in command, at the Nuremberg trials

Don’t Cling to Hopes That Putin Will Ever Face Justice

The system for prosecuting war crimes is broken—but focusing on sanctions could work.

Russian attack on shoe factory in Ukraine
Russian attack on shoe factory in Ukraine

Ukraine Faces an Economic Abyss

The West has a vital interest in keeping the country’s wartime economy running.

U.S. President Joe Biden attends a meeting on the Build Back Better World program at the United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021.
U.S. President Joe Biden attends a meeting on the Build Back Better World program at the United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021.

Biden’s Foreign Aid Is Funding the Washington Bubble

As usual, U.S. assistance pays everyone except governments actually providing services to the world’s poor.

Xi and Putin in Moscow
Xi and Putin in Moscow

Why Xi Is Trapped in Ukraine

Now, it is Russia, not China, sitting in the geopolitical driver’s seat.

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china-us-foreign-policy-eleanor-shakespeare-illustration-hP

What Exactly Is America’s China Policy?

The United States needs to right-size the China threat to know how to counter it.

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 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.

Russian journalist Oksana Baulina killed in Ukraine
Russian journalist Oksana Baulina killed in Ukraine
Illustration United States Ukraine
Illustration United States Ukraine
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.

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.

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.

A soldier salutes next to an Akash missile system in India.
A soldier salutes next to an Akash missile system in India.

Can India’s Defense Industry Make It on the Export Market?

A recent sale to the Philippines is a major win, but India faces obstacles to its big ambitions.

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