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Protesters hold signs Georgian flags during a rally in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi on June 21.

Georgian Dream Meets Georgia’s Nightmare

The party tried to improve ties with Russia. Then the public intervened.

The Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov leaves the head investigative department's office in Moscow on June 11.

Journalist’s Release Reveals Cracks in the Putin System

The Kremlin is growing nervous over rising public resistance to the Russian president’s long rule.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boards a plane before departing London Stansted Airport on May 9, 2019.

Pompeo Goes to Russia

Mike Pompeo meets his counterpart in Russia, violence flares as the military and protesters hash out a transitional government in Sudan, and the U.S.-China trade war rumbles on.

Iranian demonstrators raise placards as they chant anti-US slogans during a rally in Tehran on May 10.

Iran’s Rhetoric Heats Up

Iran responds to U.S. military presence in the Gulf, China and the United States reach a deadlock in the trade war, and what to watch in the world this week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at The Kremlin in Moscow on April 8.

It’s Not Too Late to Stop Turkey From Realigning With Russia

Strains in U.S.-Turkish relations are leading Erdogan into Putin’s embrace. Smart diplomacy and defense assistance can bring America’s NATO ally back into the fold.

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Kremlin in Moscow, on Dec. 19, 2012. (Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Wants a Kazakh Retirement

Russia and Kazakhstan have plenty in common. Why not the transition plans for their longtime presidents?

Konstantin Khabensky in Trotsky. (Sreda Production Company

‘Trotsky’ Is an Icepick to the Heart of Soviet History

The Russian-produced Netflix series is selling worrying myths to the public.

Ukrainian ultra-nationalists burn flares and shout slogans as they march in the center of Lviv on April 28, 2016, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the foundation of the SS Galicia. (Yuriy Dyachshyn/AFP/Getty Images)

Black Is the New Orange

With Soviet-style illiberalism on the rise, what is there to celebrate on the five-year anniversary of Ukraine’s Maidan uprising?

Donald Trump speaks during the presidential debate in Hempstead, New York, on Sept. 26, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Why Isn’t Trump Talking About the American Jailed in Russia?

A president who takes pride in freeing U.S. detainees abroad has been strangely silent about Paul Whelan.

Paul Whelan, an American detained by Russian authorities and accused of espionage. (Photo courtesy of the Whelan family)

U.S. Citizen Held in Moscow Not Likely a Spy

Arrest could be retaliation for U.S. conviction of Russian national in influence operation.

The Danske Bank building in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Danske Bank Scandal Is the Tip of the Iceberg

Financial institutions and the governments that regulate them aren’t doing nearly enough to prevent money laundering.  

Chinese President Xi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and U.S. President Donald Trump pose with other Asian leaders during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam on Nov. 11, 2017.
(Jorge Silva/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin and Xi Outrank Trump in Global Confidence Poll

Merkel and Macron come out far ahead in a new Pew Research survey.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), accompanied by Patriarch of Russia Kirill and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, places a candle as he visits the New Jerusalem Orthodox Monastery outside the town of Istra, some 70 km outside Moscow, on November 15, 2017. (ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Wants God (or at Least the Church) on His Side

A contest over the future of Christianity in Ukraine goes to the heart of Moscow's ambitions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu inspect Russian Army's and Naval military exercises in Pacific Ocean not far from the isle of Sakhalin, also claimed by Japan,  on July 16, 2013.  (ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Won’t Budge an Inch on Islands Japan Claims

Putin will never give ground on territorial issues, but Abe can still warm up relations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) and Commander in Chief of the Russian Navy Vladimir Korolev (L) watch a terrestrial globe while visiting Russia's Navy Headquarters during Navy Day in Saint Petersburg on July 30, 2017. (ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Is Sneaking Up on Europe From the South

The Kremlin understands that the best way to undermine the West is through its soft underbelly—the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for their meeting in Helsinki on July 16. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Want Classified Documents on Trump’s Meeting with Putin

Top Democrats still worry the president is hiding commitments he gave the Russian leader.

Bosnian Serb supporters of leftist parties hold up images of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a rally in support of the government in Banja Luka on May 14, 2016. (Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Is Building a Bosnian Paramilitary Force

With elections approaching in October, Russia has ramped up its support for Bosnia's Serb separatists.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on July 25. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In Fiery Hearing, Pompeo Trades Barbs With Lawmakers

The secretary of state faces criticism, even from those in his own party.

An activist prepares a balloon painted to look like planet Earth and decorated with orange hair and eyebrows in the likeness of U.S. President Donald Trump during a climate protest prior to a meeting of European Union leaders at the Chancellery on June 29, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The World Order Is Starting to Crack

America's allies and adversaries are adapting to Donald Trump in ways that can't easily be reversed.

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