Skip to main content

NATO

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a press conference at the NATO summit in Madrid.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a press conference at the NATO summit in Madrid.

Turkey Is NATO’s Pivot Point Over Ukraine

Erdogan is trying to strike a balance of being pro-Ukraine but not anti-Russia.

Polish, Swedish, Finnish, and NATO flags are set up.
Polish, Swedish, Finnish, and NATO flags are set up.

NATO’s Nordic Expansion Stuck at Turkish Roadblock

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not quite to the Finnish line on NATO membership.

A person in Taipei, Taiwan, holds a sign protesting Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
A person in Taipei, Taiwan, holds a sign protesting Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
A military aide carries the "nuclear football," which contains launch codes for nuclear weapons, while walking to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Oct. 3.
A military aide carries the "nuclear football," which contains launch codes for nuclear weapons, while walking to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Oct. 3.

Why NATO Needs to Plan for Nuclear War

As the alliance meets this week, leaders must discuss how they will react if Russia uses weapons of mass destruction.

A fighter in a territorial defense unit, supporting the regular Ukrainian army, holds a Kalashnikov rifle decorated with a Ukrainian flag ribbon during a combat training exercise near Bucha, Ukraine, on June 17.
A fighter in a territorial defense unit, supporting the regular Ukrainian army, holds a Kalashnikov rifle decorated with a Ukrainian flag ribbon during a combat training exercise near Bucha, Ukraine, on June 17.

Ukraine Wants to Be NATO’s Friend—With Benefits

Spearheaded by a former NATO chief, the Kyiv Security Compact would put Western security guarantees in writing—but it might be too much for Washington to stomach.

A man takes away a rainbow flag in Moscow.
A man takes away a rainbow flag in Moscow.

LGBTQ Russians Were Putin’s First Target in His War on the West

In Russian President Vladimir Putin’s mind, the war in Ukraine and his decadelong assault on LGBTQ rights are two sides of the same coin.

Russian and Belarusian troops take part in joint military exercises.
Russian and Belarusian troops take part in joint military exercises.

Russia’s Stripped Its Western Borders to Feed the Fight in Ukraine

But Finland and the Baltic states are still leery of Moscow’s long-term designs.

Tanks in the German armed forces participate in military exercises near Bergen, Germany, on Oct. 14, 2016.
Tanks in the German armed forces participate in military exercises near Bergen, Germany, on Oct. 14, 2016.

Baltic States Wanted German Tanks in Ukraine Yesterday

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised a new foreign policy. Critics say he has yet to deliver.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO’s Stoltenberg: Ukraine’s Gains Are ‘Extremely Encouraging’

The trans-Atlantic alliance chief discusses Russia’s war in Ukraine and competing with China.

A soldier of the Polish Army sits in a tank as a NATO flag flies behind during the NATO Noble Jump military exercises of the VJTF forces on June 18, 2015 in Zagan, Poland.
A soldier of the Polish Army sits in a tank as a NATO flag flies behind during the NATO Noble Jump military exercises of the VJTF forces on June 18, 2015 in Zagan, Poland.

Which NATO Do We Need?

Four possible futures for the trans-Atlantic alliance.

Scholz and Macron in Berlin
Scholz and Macron in Berlin

Scholz and Macron Have a Perilous Ambition for Europe

The idea of “European strategic autonomy” just won’t go away.

Zelensky and Stoltenberg shake hands in front of Ukrainian and NATO flags.
Zelensky and Stoltenberg shake hands in front of Ukrainian and NATO flags.

It’s Time to Throw NATO’s Door Wide Open

NATO was meant to be a harbor for the weak and imperiled. It should be again.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, and then-League leader Matteo Salvini participate in a rally of right-wing opposition parties in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019.
Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, and then-League leader Matteo Salvini participate in a rally of right-wing opposition parties in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019.

Italy’s Snap Election Could Hand Putin the Win He Needs

Outspoken supporters of Russia are likely to play key roles in the next government.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appears at a press conference at European Union headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 10, 2021.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appears at a press conference at European Union headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 10, 2021.

It’s Time for Olaf Scholz to Walk His Talk

Since announcing revolutionary changes in German defense, Berlin has been dragging its feet nonstop.

A woman waves the European Union and Georgian flags.
A woman waves the European Union and Georgian flags.

Georgia’s Ruling Party Is Tanking Its Own NATO Bid

Accusing the U.S. ambassador of blackmail is just the start.

U.S. soldiers stand in front of a parked howitzer during a NATO exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany, on July 20.
U.S. soldiers stand in front of a parked howitzer during a NATO exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany, on July 20.
Fiona Hill, the U.S. National Security Council’s former senior director for Europe and Russia, testifies before the House Intelligence Committee in Washington on Nov. 21, 2019.
Fiona Hill, the U.S. National Security Council’s former senior director for Europe and Russia, testifies before the House Intelligence Committee in Washington on Nov. 21, 2019.

Fiona Hill: Putin’s Running Out of Time

A top Russia advisor to three U.S. presidents explains why the world shouldn’t fall for Moscow’s narrative that it can wait out the West in Ukraine.

U.S. President Bill Clinton shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin
U.S. President Bill Clinton shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin

The NATO-Russia Founding Act Is Hanging by a Thread

Moscow has torn up the rulebook, but Western officials are paying lip service to the 1990s-era deal.

Load 10 More Articles
Loading graphics

Welcome to a world of insight.

Explore the benefits of your FP subscription.

Stay updated on the topics you care about with email alerts. Sign up below.

Choose a few newsletters that interest you.

Here are some we think you might like.

  • Morning Brief thumbnail
  • Africa Brief thumbnail
  • Latin America Brief thumbnail
  • China Brief thumbnail
  • South Asia Brief thumbnail
  • Situation Report thumbnail

Keep up with the world without stopping yours.

Download the FP mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

Download on the App Store
  • Read the magazine
  • Save articles (and read offline)
  • Customize your feed
  • Listen to FP podcasts
Download on the Apple App Store
Download on the Google Play Store

Analyze the world’s biggest events.

Join in-depth conversations and interact with foreign-policy experts with