New U.S. Missiles in Asia Could Increase the North Korean Nuclear Threat
After withdrawing from the INF Treaty, U.S. officials have been worrying about Beijing, but as Washington starts to deploy previously banned missiles in the Pacific, the real risk will come from Pyongyang.
The Anti-Putin Shaman’s Magical Mystery Tour
Alexander Gabyshev vowed to drive the “demon Putin” out of Russia through an exorcism. Here’s why Moscow took the threat seriously.
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Russia’s growing presence in Syria, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigns, and dubious election fraud claims in Malawi.
Macron’s Veto Leaves Balkans Wide Open for Russia and China
After the EU snub, the United States needs to step up in the region.
Putin Lost His African Great Game Before He Started
Russia wants to expand its footprint across Africa—but the feeling isn’t mutual.
Russia Is the Only Winner in Syria
With Washington’s policy in chaos and Erdogan moving into Putin’s orbit, Moscow has come out on top.
How the United States Could Lose a Great-Power War
The U.S. military is focused on future fights against China and Russia—but it could be playing right into their hands.
U.S. Pushes Skeptical Allies to Step Up ISIS Fight in Syria
European partners are unlikely to contribute to a domestically unpopular mission with an unreliable ally, experts and insiders say.
Putin and Erdogan’s Deal for Syria Can’t Last
Since neither leader can enforce the terms, the country’s war will wear on.
Putin May Want to Be an Emperor, but Russia Isn’t an Imperial Power
Russia’s drive to expand its sphere of influence isn’t inevitable—or even in the country’s best interest.
Putin Has a Dream of Africa
Amid Moscow’s maneuvering in the Middle East, the Russian leader’s campaign to renew old Soviet ties and build influence in Africa has taken off.
Welcome to the United States of Ukraine
It’s no coincidence that Washington’s increasingly dysfunctional and violent politics are coming to resemble Kyiv’s.
Trump’s Next Envoy to Russia Has a Mountain to Climb
First John Sullivan must get through Congress, which wants to question him about Ukraine. Then he must deal with a hostile Moscow.
Kobani Today, Krakow Tomorrow
Washington has abandoned the Kurds. If Europe doesn’t bolster its defenses, the Poles, Lithuanians, and Latvians could be next.
Americans and Russians Should Be Friends—Even if Their Countries Aren’t
Under Trump, the relationship between the two populations has suffered. The next president should change that.
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Turkey bombs Syrian Kurds, Poland goes to the polls, and the NBA bows to Chinese pressure.
Ukrainian Corruption Is Trump’s Native Language
The U.S. president has imported prodazhnist’, Ukraine’s distinctive culture of crookedness, where everyone has a price and politics has no value.