Russian T-90 tanks take position before firing in Kubinka Patriot Park outside Moscow on August 22, 2017 during the first day of the "Army 2017" International Military-Technical Forum. / AFP PHOTO / Alexander NEMENOV        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Russia Practicing a Dry Run for an Invasion of Belarus?

With tensions worsening between the two countries, Russia’s massive military exercise is firing a couple thousand warning shots at a reluctant ally.

(FILES) Picture taken on September 24, 2009 shows Belarussian soldiers near an S-300 surface-to-air missile complex using during the joint Russian-Belarussian military exercises "West-2009" some 230km southwest of Minsk near the village of Volka. Russia has arrested a Chinese national who was trying to secure secret documents about the country's S-300 missile systems, the FSB federal security service said on October 2011. The man, identified in Russian as Tung Shen-Yun, worked as an official translator and was originally arrested on October 28, 2010, Russian news agencies quoted an FSB statement as saying.     AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Belarus Is Going to “War” — With a Fake Country

A made-up nation created for Belarusian-Russian military drills has sparked the national imagination.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 26:  The U.S. State Department is shown January 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Four senior management team members at the State Department resigned January 25, adding to an exodus of career senior foreign service officers who have recently resigned their positions.
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Senior U.S. Diplomat Overseeing European Issues Forced Out

The Trump administration sidelines another experienced State Department official.

KORENGAL VALLEY, AFG - OCTOBER 27:  U.S. soldiers board an Army Chinook transport helicopter after it brought fresh soldiers and supplies to the Korengal Outpost October 27, 2008. The military spends huge effort and money to fly in supplies to soldiers of the 1-26 Infantry based in the Korengal Valley, site of some of the fiercest fighting of the Afghan war. The unpaved road into the remote area is bad and will become more treacherous with the onset of winter.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Back to the Future in Afghanistan

Trump’s “new approach” isn’t new at all, but it’s the least worst option.

PLESETSK, RUSSIAN FEDERATION: File photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) watching a launch,18 February 2004 at the Artic cosmodrome in Plesetsk. Russia has frozen its participation in a key arms control treaty that limits the deployment of military forces in Europe, the Kremlin announced 14 July 2007. President Vladimir Putin signed a decree halting Russia's application of the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) arms control treaty due to "exceptional circumstances ... broaching on the security of the Russian Federation," the statement said.   AFP PHOTO / MAXIM MARMUR (Photo credit should read MAXIM MARMUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the U.S. Ready for Russia’s Largest Military Exercises Since the Cold War?

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland are bracing for the appearance of up to 100,000 Russian troops in Belarus and western Russia.

KEHL, GERMANY - APRIL 04:  Military attend the commemoration for the dead NATO soldiers during the NATO summit at the Passerelle des Deux-Rives on April 4, 2009 in Kehl, Germany. Heads of state, foreign ministers and defence ministers of the 28 NATO member countries are participating in the summit from April 3-4 in Strasbourg, Kehl and Baden Baden to mark the 60th anniversary of the transatlantic military and political organization. (Photo by action press-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump Was Right: NATO Is Obsolete

To fight the wars to come, the transatlantic alliance is going to need to start spending more — but not on tanks and fighter jets.

NATO paratroopers drop out of a US Air Force Hercules during the 'Swift Response 17' joint airborn military exercise at Bezmer airfield near the village of Bezmer on July 18, 2017. 
The US led 'Swift Response 17' airborne exercise, part of the multinational 'Saber Guardian 2017' exercise, involves up to 1,600 soldiers from the United States, Canada, Italy, Portugal and Greece. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFF        (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO, Russian Troops Rattle Swords Along Hundreds of Miles of Borderland

Across Eastern Europe, Moscow and the transatlantic alliance are staging large-scale exercises to show they mean business

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11:  Senate Armed Services Committee members (L-R) Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (R-RI) listen to testimony during the confirmation hearing for Richard Spencer in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill July 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Spencer was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the 76th secretary of the U.S. Navy.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

As Sanctions Bill Stalls, Lawmakers Highlight Russian Interference in Montenegro

Russia staged a failed coup in the small republic. Lawmakers worry they will try again.


Trump, Tillerson Tap Russia Hawk Volker for Ukraine Envoy

The former NATO ambassador inherits a simmering conflict in Ukraine and a showdown with Russia.

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Thank Putin, Not Trump, For NATO’s New Defense Spending Boost

NATO allies plan to increase defense spending this year, but Trump can’t take full credit.


NATO Allies Press Trump To Stop Steel Crackdown

They argue that protectionist measures on the metal will hurt them, not China.


Macedonia’s New Leader Aims to Join the EU and NATO

The Balkan nation is in the middle of a tug-of-war between Russia and the West.

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