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People wave national and European flags during a post-election rally in Podgorica, Montenegro, on Sept. 6

Montenegro Is the Latest Domino to Fall Toward Russia

After parliamentary elections, a pro-West government is out. Europe and the United States should take note.

A woman demonstrating for peace in Tbilisi, Georgia.

12 Years After Russian Invasion, Georgia Sees No End in Sight

But far from being intimidated, Georgia’s envoy to the United States says Russia’s intervention has only redoubled the country’s desire to join NATO and the European Union.

The main gate of the United States European Command headquarters at the Patch Barracks.

‘It’s Hard to Be in Limbo,’ as COVID-19 Plays Havoc With Military Moves

It’s hard enough to make a permanent change of station overseas. Military families are finding it agonizing in a pandemic-torn world.

A branch of the German bank Commerzbank

Trans-Atlantic Ties Should Put Finance, Not Security, First

Biden will need a progressive Europe policy for a post-Trump age.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump Undercuts Pentagon Over Germany Troop Withdrawal

U.S. defense officials, who said the move had nothing to do with German military spending, still appeared to be figuring out key details about the redeployment.

Zoran Zaev, leader of the ruling Social Democratic Union party, celebrates victory in the general elections in Skopje, North Macedonia, on July 16.

North Macedonia’s Success Story May be About to End

Promising election results aside, the country is poised for a fall.

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump stand onstage during the annual NATO heads of government summit on December 4, 2019 in Watford, England.

Europe Needs to Push Back Against Trump

Disastrous and erratic policies demand a stronger response.

EU China Meeting

China Is NATO’s New Problem

The alliance has been so focused on Moscow that it has missed Beijing’s growing clout across Europe.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai greets a participant during the opening of the two-day talks between the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives.

This Time, Russia Is in Afghanistan to Win

Putin is replicating his success in Syria in a new theater of conflict—and part of his plan is to hurt American interests once again.

John Bolton and Donald Trump

Bolton’s Book Is a Terrifying Warning About What Trump Could Still Do

Geopolitical ignorance is no longer funny when it impacts U.S. national security.

A rally takes place in Senegal..

Our Top Weekend Reads

Racism in international relations, the state of the German armed forces, and Hindu nationalism is creeping into Nepal.

A German soldier holds a machine gun during military exercises near Bergen, Germany, on Oct. 14, 2016.

The Sorry State of Germany’s Armed Forces

Trump’s calls to withdraw U.S. troops from the country are impulsive, but Germany isn’t blameless.

Russian Helicopters

Want to Avoid U.S.-Russian Conflict? Keep the Lines Open

Trump’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty hurts the United States most.

The U.S. air base in Ramstein, Germany

The United States Needs German Bases More Than Germany Does

Bases in Europe have always aided American hegemony more than local defense.

Ukraine Prisoner Swap Protests

Which Way Will Ukraine Swing?

A year after Zelensky’s election, mixed messaging on the country’s relationships with Russia and Europe is raising eyebrows internationally.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on during exercises of a NATO tank unit in Münster, Germany, on May 20, 2019.

NATO Has a New Weak Link for Russia to Exploit

North Macedonia just became NATO’s newest and weakest member. That makes it a ripe target for interference.

U.S. President Donald Trump with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a NATO meeting in London.

NATO Chief Rebukes China Over Coronavirus Disinformation

Stoltenberg says state-backed disinformation campaigns are making the health crisis worse.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 19, 2019.

As the West Panics, Putin Is Watching

The coronavirus crisis is exposing the West’s weaknesses—and adversaries of the U.S. and EU are paying close attention so they can exploit vulnerabilities in a future conflict.

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