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Members of the Indigenous Sámi community march during a Fridays for Future protest in Jokkmokk, northern Sweden, on Feb. 7, 2020, the Sámi National Day.
Members of the Indigenous Sámi community march during a Fridays for Future protest in Jokkmokk, northern Sweden, on Feb. 7, 2020, the Sámi National Day.

The Ukraine War Is Dividing Europe’s Arctic Indigenous People

It has driven a wedge between Sámi in Russia and those in Nordic countries.

Ukrainian soldiers fire a French CAESAR self-propelled howitzer at Russian positions near the front line in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine on June 15.
Ukrainian soldiers fire a French CAESAR self-propelled howitzer at Russian positions near the front line in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine on June 15.

Biden’s Endgame Shouldn’t Be Victory for Ukraine

There is no realistic scenario for Ukraine to win. Washington should push for a settlement.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha, Ukraine, on April 4.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha, Ukraine, on April 4.

Does Kyiv Need a Marshall Plan?

Top policymakers discuss how to rebuild Ukraine.

A portrait of Alexander Pushkin.
A portrait of Alexander Pushkin.

From Pushkin to Putin: Russian Literature’s Imperial Ideology

Russian classical literature, chock full of dehumanizing nationalism, reads disturbingly familiar today.

Anti-tank obstacles are shown on a wheat field in southern Ukraine's Mykolaiv region on June 11.
Anti-tank obstacles are shown on a wheat field in southern Ukraine's Mykolaiv region on June 11.

Here’s How to Help Ukraine Handle Putin’s Food Blockade

Creative storage and transport of the new harvest can undercut Russia’s weaponization of global hunger.

Photographs of Russia's war in Ukraine are displayed as part of an exhibition at the railway station where trains from Moscow to Kaliningrad pass by on Apr. 26, 2022 in Kalveliai, Lithuania.
Photographs of Russia's war in Ukraine are displayed as part of an exhibition at the railway station where trains from Moscow to Kaliningrad pass by on Apr. 26, 2022 in Kalveliai, Lithuania.

Will the Kaliningrad Crisis Lead to War?

Lithuania’s muscular move to enforce EU sanctions by blocking Russian rail cargo could risk escalating the Russia-NATO conflict.

The United Nations Security Council gathers.
The United Nations Security Council gathers.

Take Realist Arguments Over Russia in Good Faith

As Thucydides’s history shows, wielding power needs open debate.

Russians in Poland protest
Russians in Poland protest

Poland Has Had It With Russia

The ratings are out: And Biden falls alongside Putin.

Erdogan in Albania
Erdogan in Albania

Why the West Should Make Peace With Erdogan Now

He is the one unsavory character the West urgently needs better relations with.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi pose for a G-7 leaders’ photo in Brussels on March 24.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi pose for a G-7 leaders’ photo in Brussels on March 24.

The G-7 Agrees: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Is a ‘Zeitenwende’

New survey data shows majorities across the group of major industrial countries see Putin’s aggression as a fundamental turning point for the world.

Georgian soldiers
Georgian soldiers

What the Fall of Empires Tells Us About the Ukraine War

Russia’s war can only be understood as a bloody post-imperial conflict.

Mobile artillery moves through Red Square
Mobile artillery moves through Red Square

Why Russia Keeps Turning to Mass Firepower

Russian artillery is an old tradition with brutal uses.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stands in front of the Chancellery in Berlin.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stands in front of the Chancellery in Berlin.

Germany’s New Resolve on Russia Is Already Flagging

Berlin—along with Paris—may yet help Moscow snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

French President Emmanuel Macron (right) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin before a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on Jan. 19, 2020.
French President Emmanuel Macron (right) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin before a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on Jan. 19, 2020.

There’s a Method to Macron’s Madness

The French president wants to leave room for talks and carve out a bigger role for France.

A container is decorated with a map showing the proposed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a project that was scrapped after Russia invaded Ukraine, in Lubmin, Germany, on March 1.
A container is decorated with a map showing the proposed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a project that was scrapped after Russia invaded Ukraine, in Lubmin, Germany, on March 1.
A worker cuts the nose off the last Ukraine's Tupolev-22M3, the Soviet-made strategic aircraft able to carry nuclear weapons at a military base in Poltava, Ukraine on Jan. 27, 2006. A total of 60 aircraft were destroyed  according to the USA-Ukrainian disarmament agreement.
A worker cuts the nose off the last Ukraine's Tupolev-22M3, the Soviet-made strategic aircraft able to carry nuclear weapons at a military base in Poltava, Ukraine on Jan. 27, 2006. A total of 60 aircraft were destroyed according to the USA-Ukrainian disarmament agreement.

Why Do People Hate Realism So Much?

The school of thought doesn’t explain everything—but its proponents foresaw the potential for conflict over Ukraine long before it erupted.

Von der Leyen and Zelensky in Kyiv
Von der Leyen and Zelensky in Kyiv

EU Mulls Putting Ukraine on Track for Membership

Official candidacy for the bloc is unlikely, but even a lesser accession status would send a powerful signal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US President Joe Biden prior to their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva on June 16, 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US President Joe Biden prior to their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva on June 16, 2021.

Biden Is Still Worried About Poking the Russian Bear

“If that’s our attitude, we’re never going to win a war again, ever,” said one U.S. source familiar with the debate.

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