Idlib Faces a Fearsome Future: Islamist Rule or Mass Murder
Despite this week’s meeting of Putin, Erdogan, and Rouhani, there is no good news in the last redoubt of the Syrian revolt.
Putin Is Trolling the United States in the Persian Gulf
In the wake of the drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, the Russian president has positioned himself as a peacemaker. But continued conflict is his friend.
Paul Whelan’s Freedom Is a Family Affair
Siblings of former U.S. Marine detained in Moscow work around the clock to procure his release.
Trump’s Defense Cuts in Europe Will Backfire
Rather than distributing military burdens equitably, Washington’s rollbacks weaken both the United States and its allies.
Coming Sept. 23: And Now the Hard Part
Foreign Policy and the Brookings Institution are teaming up for a new podcast focused on practical solutions to the biggest challenges facing the world today.
Announcing the 2019 Essay Contest
Tell us how you think U.S. engagement with Russia should change to best improve global security.
Russia’s Future Is Still in the Hands of Putin’s Cronies
The president’s allies are starting to express discontent. They’ll stick with him for now, but a change could be coming.
Russia and China Are Trying to Set the U.N.’s Rules on Cybercrime
At the United Nations General Assembly, the United States must push back against their agenda.
In the Demise of the Taliban Peace Talks, Russia Is the Winner
Even as it paints itself as an ally in Afghanistan, the Kremlin is busy undercutting Washington.
Democracy Is Fighting for Its Life
Around the world, political freedom isn’t just slipping away—it’s getting dragged down by fervent enemies.
Putin Plays Erdogan Like a Fiddle
In the increasingly close relationship between the Russian and Turkish presidents, there’s one clear alpha.
Russians Begin to Consider Life Without Putin
After a summer of discontent, a series of elections in Russia opens up a new chapter in its political history.
Maximum Pressure on Germany Is a Big Mistake
New sanctions from the United States risk pushing Berlin firmly into Moscow’s geopolitical corner.
Ukraine’s Democracy Is (Almost) All Grown Up
If Zelensky can build on his predecessor’s legacy, he may just succeed in furthering Ukraine’s economic growth and drawing the country still closer to the West.
Is Iraq the New Front Line in Israel’s Conflict with Iran?
Nearly four decades after taking out Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor, Israel once again faces threats emanating from Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.
Trump’s National Security Advisor to Visit Belarus
The highest-level trip this century will likely anger the Kremlin, even as the U.S. president tries to bring Russia back into the G-7.
Is Russia’s Doomsday Missile Fake News?
Experts are skeptical that Moscow has the money or technical know-how to field Putin’s promised arsenal.
Meet Israel’s New Kingmaker
Avigdor Lieberman could determine whether Benjamin Netanyahu gets another term. What does he want?
8 Ways to Stay Ahead of Influence Operations
With election meddling inevitable in 2020, the United States needs a powerful kill chain.