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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine’s Leader to Face Down Putin for First Time

Volodymyr Zelensky is walking a fine line as he seeks peace with Russia without being seen as ceding too much in return.

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Europeans Ramp up Pressure on Iran

Britain, France, and Germany say Iran’s ballistic missile program is inconsistent with the nuclear deal and improves its capacity to deliver nuclear payload. Tehran counters that Europeans have failed to meet obligations under the pact.

U.S. Navy Capt. David Bretz shakes hands with Vietnamese military officials

Vietnam Draws Lines in the Sea

Hanoi’s new defense white paper reflects fears of Chinese encroachment.

Alleged pro-Russian rebels move tanks and heavy weaponry away from the front line of fighting in Chervone, Ukraine, in accordance with the Minsk II agreement on Feb. 26, 2015.

What the West Gets Wrong About Russia’s Intentions in Ukraine

Moscow never wanted an annexation—it just wanted a bargaining chip. Understanding that is the key to settling the conflict once and for all.

Sudanese people celebrate in the streets of Khartoum on July 5 after ruling generals and protest leaders announced they reached an agreement on the disputed issue of a new governing body.

The Enemies of Sudan’s Democracy Are Lurking Everywhere

The country successfully toppled a dictator. Now it's in an epic battle to secure freedom.

An activist holds a placard during a protest against corruption outside the Zambian parliament in Lusaka on Sept. 28, 2018.

U.S. Ambassador Puts Zambia on Notice

Washington gives the country $500 million in support a year, he says, but has little to show for it in terms of cooperation and human rights.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro shake hands after their bilateral meeting in Brasília, Brazil, on Nov. 13.

Bolsonaro Placed a Losing Bet on Trump

Monday’s announcement of U.S. tariffs on Brazilian steel and aluminum imports is yet one more reason China may be looking like a better partner.

People in Hawassa, Ethiopia, celebrate the results of a referendum

Sidama Statehood Vote Throws a Wrench in Abiy Ahmed’s Plans for Ethiopia

Ethno-regional divisions might tear apart hopes of unifying power at the center.

Sen. Robert Menendez speaks at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

Senior Democratic Senator Demands Answers on Pompeo Call Clampdown

Menendez accuses Trump administration of obscuring communications with foreign leaders in wake of impeachment inquiry.

Ukrainian servicemen of the Donbass volunteer battalion take part in operations in a village in the Lysychansk district of the Luhansk region on Jan. 28, 2015.

It’s Time for Ukraine to Let the Donbass Go

Reintegration would be too costly; beyond an expensive reconstruction, it would entail reintegrating a deeply pro-Russian region at a time when Ukraine is finally moving West.

A migrant walks among tents at the Vucjak camp on the outskirts of Bihac in Bosnia and Herzegovinia on  Nov. 20.

Croatia Is Abusing Migrants While the EU Turns a Blind Eye

The evidence of Croatian police violence toward migrants is overwhelming, but Brussels continues to praise and fund Zagreb for patrolling the European Union’s longest external land border.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan Regrets Trusting Trump on Trade

Trade negotiations have left Tokyo giving much and getting little.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit in London on Dec. 4.

NATO Is Struggling Under Trans-Atlantic Tensions

After this week’s summit, members must keep turmoil in the political side of the alliance from undermining its military purpose.

Protesters burn items in Hong Kong

Violence Is Sometimes the Answer

Protesters get slammed by critics whenever they use force. But for the state, it’s normalized.

Leoluca Orlandoconfers honorary citizenship on foreign students

Can Culture, Not Blood, Make You Italian?

A new generation of students raised and schooled in Italy are pushing to reform outdated citizenship laws that reward those with Italian bloodlines rather than people who have lived in the country all their lives.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for the NATO summit at the Grove hotel northwest of London on Dec. 4.

What Trump Gets Right About Alliances

The president is correct to call the bluff of rich allies who free-ride on U.S. military might.

Rafael Grossi, the new director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on Sept. 20.

Rafael Grossi Isn’t America’s—or Iran’s, or North Korea’s—Man

The new head of the IAEA was the United States’ preferred candidate. But, as global tensions rise, he quickly needs to prove his independence.

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