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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
The NATO flag
The NATO flag

Why Americans Still Need NATO

The alliance is one of the best bargains in geopolitics.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Madrid on June 28.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Madrid on June 28.

Turkey Lifts Objections to Swedish, Finnish NATO Membership

A three-way agreement signed in Madrid paves the way for alliance expansion—at a cost.

United Nations troops fight in the streets of Seoul, South Korea, on Sept. 20, 1950.
United Nations troops fight in the streets of Seoul, South Korea, on Sept. 20, 1950.

Ukraine Is the Korean War Redux

Russia’s invasion heralds the transition to a new global order—but it will be less stable than the Cold War.

A close up of Erdogan's face is shown with the NATO logo behind it.
A close up of Erdogan's face is shown with the NATO logo behind it.

What Erdogan Gets by Being a Spoiler in NATO

Being disruptive in the alliance is a good political strategy for Turkey’s leader.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is greeted by NATO Secretary General during the NATO summit at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels on June 14, 2021.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is greeted by NATO Secretary General during the NATO summit at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels on June 14, 2021.

What Turkey Wants

Erdogan could force Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO bids to the wire—and perhaps beyond.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg gestures as he speaks during a press conference ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on June 27.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg gestures as he speaks during a press conference ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on June 27.

We Are Now in a Global Cold War

With NATO expanding its focus to China, new battle lines are being drawn.

Photographs of Russia's war in Ukraine are displayed as part of an exhibition at the railway station where trains from Moscow to Kaliningrad pass by on Apr. 26, 2022 in Kalveliai, Lithuania.
Photographs of Russia's war in Ukraine are displayed as part of an exhibition at the railway station where trains from Moscow to Kaliningrad pass by on Apr. 26, 2022 in Kalveliai, Lithuania.

Will the Kaliningrad Crisis Lead to War?

Lithuania’s muscular move to enforce EU sanctions by blocking Russian rail cargo could risk escalating the Russia-NATO conflict.

Russians in Poland protest
Russians in Poland protest

Poland Has Had It With Russia

The ratings are out: And Biden falls alongside Putin.

Protester holds scarf reading "Macedonia" during the demonstration organized by opposition party VMRO-DPMNE in front of the Macedonian Government building in capital Skopje on Nov. 28, 2020.
Protester holds scarf reading "Macedonia" during the demonstration organized by opposition party VMRO-DPMNE in front of the Macedonian Government building in capital Skopje on Nov. 28, 2020.

How Biden Can Thwart Putin Loyalists in Bulgaria

Pro-Russian nationalists are close to taking power in Sofia. Washington can weaken them by offering recognition of North Macedonia’s nationhood.

Erdogan in Albania
Erdogan in Albania

Why the West Should Make Peace With Erdogan Now

He is the one unsavory character the West urgently needs better relations with.

Duda, Scholz, Macron in Berlin
Duda, Scholz, Macron in Berlin

The EU’s Balance of Power Is Shifting East

Russia’s war has opened up a vast strategic chasm within the European Union.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stands in front of the Chancellery in Berlin.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stands in front of the Chancellery in Berlin.

Germany’s New Resolve on Russia Is Already Flagging

Berlin—along with Paris—may yet help Moscow snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov attend a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group ahead of a NATO defense ministers' meeting at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels on June 15.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov attend a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group ahead of a NATO defense ministers' meeting at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels on June 15.

Ukraine Still Wants Heavy Metal

Kyiv remains frustrated with Western arms deliveries, despite a surge of support.

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.

A soldier in a tank trains in Germany.
A soldier in a tank trains in Germany.

2 Percent Defense Spending Is a Bad Target for NATO

Focusing on military budgets alone hurts the alliance’s relevance.

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.

U.S. Army soldiers take part in a NATO exercise at a military training area near Novo Selo, Bulgaria on April 21.
U.S. Army soldiers take part in a NATO exercise at a military training area near Novo Selo, Bulgaria on April 21.

NATO Is Out of Shape and Out of Date

With the bloc’s unity over Ukraine showing cracks, NATO needs an overhaul.

Former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks to the media following the first day of meetings at the NATO summit in Lisbon on Nov. 19, 2010.
Former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks to the media following the first day of meetings at the NATO summit in Lisbon on Nov. 19, 2010.

Former NATO Chief: We ‘Overestimated’ Russia’s Military

Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks to FP about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, the future of NATO, and more.

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