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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.

Journalists and locals gather next to the rubble of buildings in Tripoli, Libya.

NATO Killed Civilians in Libya. It’s Time to Admit It.

The alliance bombing campaign had a devastating toll—but, a decade after the war, leaders have still not taken responsibility.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul on Feb. 29, 2020.

NATO Needs to Deal With China Head-On

The Western alliance is unprepared to counter the direct and growing challenge from Beijing.

A convoy crosses a bridge in Termez, now part of Uzbekistan, during the withdrawal of the Soviet Red Army from Afghanistan, on May 21, 1988.

America Is Going the Same Way as the Soviets in Afghanistan

The Soviet withdrawal was a disaster. The U.S. version looks eerily similar.

Chinese President  Xi Jinping, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen hold a video conference during the EU-China summit on Sept. 14, 2020.

America Is Back. Europe, Are You There?

Europeans say they want cooperation with Washington. Their latest actions speak a different language.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the economy at the White House in Washington on Jan. 22.

Key Republican Lessons for Biden’s Global Agenda

Five former officials from the Trump and George W. Bush administrations share their foreign-policy advice for the new team.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Feb. 6, 2015.

French Ambassador: EU Working Toward ‘Common Action’ With Biden on Iran, COVID-19

But Philippe Etienne says France won’t surrender its dream of “strategic autonomy.”

The headquarters of Danske Bank, under investigation for money laundering, in Copenhagen on Sept. 25, 2018.

Biden Can’t Fight Corruption Without Help From Europe

To stop drug traffickers, criminals, and kleptocrats from laundering their loot, the United States and EU must join forces.

A member of the hacking group Red Hacker Alliance uses a website that monitors global cyberattacks on his computer at their office in Dongguan, China.

NATO, We Want to Go to War With You

Wargames can provide essential cybersecurity training for soldiers. But they won’t succeed unless the players confront real, independent hackers.

A Swiss customs officer

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Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken speaks after being introduced by President-elect Joe Biden at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware on Nov. 24.

The Ghost of Blinken Past

In 1987, Biden’s pick for secretary of state offered a warning. He should heed it today.

A French Rafale fighter jet prepares to land on the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle" during a joint Indo-French naval exercise off Goa, India, on May 9, 2019.

The Quad’s Malabar Exercises Point the Way to an Asian NATO

India, Japan, Australia, and the United States have a good model if they want to keep the peace without threatening China.

U.S. then-Vice President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin on Feb. 1, 2013.

For the West, There Is No Road Back to a Time Before Trump

Europeans are relieved by Biden’s victory but will be very disappointed if they don’t heed the lessons of the past four years.

A mask of Russian President Vladimir Putin on sale at a souvenir stall in Saint Petersburg on Jan. 29, 2020.

Biden’s Putin Challenge

Biden has a clear-eyed view of the threat posed by Russia—but a lot of bad advice to ignore.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018.

America’s Dysfunctional Russia Policy Is Unlikely to Improve Under Biden

A continued stalemate in Washington makes this a moment of great danger for Europe.

U.S. President Donald Trump kisses German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the annual G7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, 2019.

What Would a Less Europhobic Trump Look Like—if He Wins?

Transatlantic relations are at a low point. But there are reasons why even Trump might want to mend them.

A map of Turkey's military entanglements

Is Turkey’s Military Overstretched?

If Turkey intervenes in Nagorno-Karabakh, it would only be the latest entry in Ankara’s growing list of military adventures.

NATO leaders meet at a NATO summit in London in 2019.

Turkey’s Caucasus Adventure Risks Another Crisis in NATO

NATO allies have been at odds with Turkey for years. But Ankara’s role in the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict is bringing matters to a head.

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