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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces stand guard next to a bridge in Manbij, northern Syria, on June 23, 2016. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian Reconstruction Spells Juicy Contracts for Russian, Iranian Firms

Bombed-out cities meant death and destruction. Now they promise billions of dollars — for new construction.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Oct. 18. (Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeff Sessions Just Confessed His Negligence on Russia

The attorney general is aware of the threat Moscow poses to American elections — he just hasn’t done anything about it.

Then Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin kisses a baby outside St. Petersburg on May 29, 2010. (Alexey Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images)

Western Sanctions Are Shrinking Russia’s Population

Vladimir Putin is fond of claiming that demographics are destiny – which may be why he’s so angry about his country’s financial straitjacket.

Recording artist Taylor Swift, musician Este Haim, actress Jaime King, producer Harvey Weinstein, and recording artist Lorde attend The Weinstein Company and Netflix's 2015 Golden Globes After Party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Russians Don’t Understand Why Anyone Is Upset With ‘Girl Crazy’ Weinstein

In Putin’s Russia, discussion of sexual harassment and domestic violence are largely taboo.

Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya poses during a Nov. 8, 2016, interview in Moscow.

Here’s the Memo the Kremlin-Linked Lawyer Took to the Meeting With Donald Trump Jr.

No dirt on Clinton, a passing mention of adoptions, and a lot on Bill Browder and the Magnitsky Act.

Traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and then-
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on sale at a gift shop in central Moscow on Nov. 8, 2016.  (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Has Invented Social Media Blitzkrieg

And it’s time that America learns to defend itself.

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Apocalypse, Soon: New Books on War, Plague, Famine, Demagogues, and the End of the World as They Knew It

FP staffers learn what really killed the Romans and why the 1930s should scare us to death.

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Does Kaspersky Have Something to Hide?

The Russian security giant faces scrutiny worldwide. Is there fire beneath the smoke?

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

America Will Always Lose Russia’s Tit-for-Tat Spy Games

In the asymmetric warfare of espionage, playing fair means Moscow wins.

A Finnish armored terrain vehicle during an ongoing military exercise on the Swedish island Gotland on September 19. (Anders Wiklund/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s Neighbors Respond to Putin’s ‘Hybrid War’

Baltic and Nordic countries turn to education as much as military hardware to counter Moscow’s hybrid threats.

U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopters operate in formation. (U.S. Army Photo)

Saudi National Guard Prepping for New Deployment to Yemen Border

Newly formed aviation brigade is being sent to target Houthi rebels.

Global destinations of Chinese foreign aid between 2000 and 2014. (Map used with permission of AidData).

Russia Is the Biggest Recipient of Chinese Foreign Aid

China has given Moscow $36.6 billion in aid since 2000. The goal? Russian oil.

Russian military personnel surround a Ukrainian army base in 2014. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Russia May Soon Allow Foreigners to Officially Serve in Its Military

Vladimir Putin recently signed a decree letting non-Russians participate in counterterrorism and peacekeeping operations.

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