The West Still Needs Russia’s Energy
Hopes of defanging Moscow through alternative energy have faded.
A Nobel for Journalists Is a Direct Challenge to Authoritarians
Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s award will make leaders like Duterte and Putin think twice before attacking reporters—but only if democratic governments bolster the free press.
How Art Dealers, Real Estate Agents, and Hedge Funds Enable Corruption
If Biden is serious about fighting corruption, he needs to regulate 10 key white-collar professions.
Who Blessed the Vlads Down in Africa?
Russia’s Wagner Group has its eyes on Mali. It fits a pattern of Russian interference in Africa.
‘Minister Nyet’ Returns to His U.N. Stomping Grounds
Sergey Lavrov has honed the practice of body blocking U.S. and European diplomacy at every turn.
Putin’s Party Is Preparing for a Post-Majority Future
Slow shifts in the Russian electorate are making dominance harder—so United Russia is changing the rules.
Moscow Expands Its Military Footprint on NATO’s Borders
Russia has been wargaming with Belarus. Sometimes, that’s a prelude.
Russia’s Crazy Sham Election
To retain control in this weekend’s Duma elections, the Kremlin has reached very deep into its bag of tricks.
The Kremlin’s Don’t-Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign
Russia isn’t cracking heads ahead of this weekend’s parliamentary vote—just boring people away from the polls.
Why Putin Is Obsessed With ‘Foreign Agents’
The Kremlin’s latest crackdown could ultimately backfire.
Is Lithuania the West’s First Line of Defense?
The small Baltic nation is facing down threats from authoritarian regimes in Russia, Belarus, and China.
Are Indo-Russian Ties the Next Casualty of Great-Power Shifts?
The fall of Kabul may have widened the rift between New Delhi and Moscow.
The Woolly Mammoth’s Return Could Thaw Relations With Russia
An ambitious scientific project is a rare chance for cooperation.
Post-American Afghanistan and India’s Geopolitics
The fall of Kabul accelerates a fundamental realignment that was already underway.
Caution and Schadenfreude in Moscow as the U.S. Moment in Afghanistan Ends
Russia signals an openness to working with the Taliban.
Welcome to the Era of Dictator Inflation
Authoritarians around the world are perfecting the art of seeming more powerful than they are.