Putin Wants a Kazakh Retirement
Russia and Kazakhstan have plenty in common. Why not the transition plans for their longtime presidents?
Can the Czech Republic Tear Down Europe’s Rainbow Curtain?
Eastern Europe has long resisted same-sex marriage. Prague might be about to change that.
Nazarbayev Is Giving Up Presidency, Not Power, in Kazakhstan
The long-time autocrat's shock resignation kicks off an opaque succession process.
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This week, New Zealand saw its worst-ever terrorist attack, and Boeing aircraft around the world were grounded.
How Citizen Journalists Solved the Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
On the podcast: The founder of the group Bellingcat on using open sources to investigate war crimes and abuses.
Russia’s Next Land Grab Won’t Be in an Ex-Soviet State. It Will Be in Europe.
First he came for Georgia, then for Ukraine. Vladimir Putin’s next target is likely to be a non-NATO nation in the EU.
U.S. Begins Work on New Missiles as Trump Scraps Treaty With Russia
Some worry the deployment of these weapons could spark a nonnuclear missile race.
Russia’s Pipe Dreams Are Europe’s Nightmare
Putin’s plans to run the TurkStream pipeline through the Balkans won’t end well.
Everyone Wants a Piece of Afghanistan
A U.S. withdrawal has opened the door to a possible political settlement, but success will depend on regional powers and the country’s neighbors.
Don’t Believe the Russian Hype
Moscow’s missile capabilities in the Baltic Sea region are not nearly as dangerous as they seem.
Despite Trump’s Tough Talk, No Boost for Missile Defense Agency
The administration will instead increase investments in offensive missile defense capabilities, such as hypersonic technology.
Russia’s New Missiles Are Aimed at the U.S.
But Moscow’s hypersonic weapons may be more bark than bite.
Whoever Predicts the Future Will Win the AI Arms Race
China, Russia, and the United States are approaching the long-term strategic potential of artificial intelligence very differently. The country that gets it right will reap huge military benefits.
India’s Dogfight Loss Could Be a Win for U.S. Weapons-Makers
Boeing and Lockheed Martin are vying for India’s long-delayed fighter replacement program.
People of the World, Stop Looking at Moldova!
Politicians in this corner of Eastern Europe insist their country is a stage for geopolitical rivalry between the West and Russia—the better to profit from the attention.
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This week, India and Pakistan faced off in Kashmir, and Trump left Hanoi empty-handed.
Nothing Projects Power Like an Aircraft Carrier. Does the Pentagon Think Otherwise?
New details emerge of how former U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis fought against the Navy’s plan to buy more carriers.
Cohen: Trump Had Advance Notice on WikiLeaks Email Release
Blasted by House Republicans as a liar, Trump’s longtime fixer suspects but cannot prove collusion with Russia.
Who’s Afraid of Saudi Nukes?
Riyadh’s reckless behavior foments widespread mistrust of its plans to buy nuclear reactors.