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Protest in support of Alexei Navalny in Vladivostok, Russia

With Putin’s Latest Crackdown, Russia Is Going Dark

As it goes full authoritarian, the Kremlin is targeting the last vestiges of civil society and independent media.

Russians protest against President Vladimir Putin's government at Pushkin Square in Moscow on Jan. 23.

A New Sanctions Strategy to Contain Putin’s Russia

It’s time for America and Europe to start putting serious economic pressure on Putin’s regime.

A train leaves Xian International Port in Shaanxi province, China, for Kazakhstan on April 13.

What Kazakhstan Can Teach About Medium-State Diplomacy

How the self-styled “Asian Geneva” successfully navigated among Russia, China, and the West—at least for now.

Russian President Vladimir Putin poses for a photo while on vacation in Siberia on March 21.

Putin Is No Unicorn

“Weak Strongman” argues that to better understand Russia, we need to move past our fixation with its president.

Nord Stream 2 road sign in Germany

How to Break the Logjam Over Nord Stream 2

The Russo-German pipeline has zero impact on European security. But Ukraine should be helped.

Blinken meets von der Leyen in Brussels.

Biden Can’t Avoid Getting Tough on Europe Much Longer

The fuzzy goodwill between Washington and Europe has lulled the continent into a false comfort.

Alexei Navalny marches in a protest in 2017.

The Berlin Patient

Russia is no stranger to protests, but Navalny’s are different.

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The Biden 100-Day Progress Report

We asked 25 experts to grade the administration’s start on foreign policy

Members of the Czech Embassy in Russia arrive at the airport.

Western Powers Need to Get More Creative Against Russia

The Czech Republic’s kerfuffle over diplomats demonstrates the need to think bigger—and smaller—when it comes to responding to cyberattacks.

Demonstrators in Berlin display banners in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Sanctioning Russia Is Easier Said Than Done

Quiet threats, not public pronouncements, could be the best way to save Navalny.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin smile during the Belt and Road Forum.

China and Russia Turn Deeper Ties into a Military Challenge for Biden

“You face a two-front war where we don’t have a two-front military,” said one former Trump official.

The headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is located in The Hague on April 4, 2018.

Don’t Kick Russia Out of the Chemical Weapons Convention Over Navalny

Doing so would be a death sentence for global nonproliferation efforts.

biden afghan withdrawal

Is Leaving Afghanistan Misguided or Overdue?

Biden’s withdrawal announcement is meant to end a 20-year war, but Washington has been dragged back into conflicts before.

A view of a ruby star atop one of the Kremlin's towers in downtown Moscow on Dec. 9, 2019.

U.S. Slaps Wide-Ranging Sanctions on Moscow—but Stops Short of Killer Blow

The Biden administration takes a novel, broad-brush approach to Russia’s nefarious activity.

A Slovak Armed Forces aircraft unloads doses of the Sputnik V vaccine at the Kosice International Airport in Slovakia, on March 1.

Sputnik V’s Biggest Legacy May Be Political Turmoil

In Eastern European countries that have accepted the Russian vaccine, destabilization has followed.

Ukrainian soldiers on the front line in Donetsk.

Ukraine Needs a Clear Path to NATO Membership

Russia’s recent aggression along its border shows why Kyiv needs decisive action from the alliance.

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