Russian President Vladimir Putin

The Kremlin’s Latest Target Is Online Media

Why the Russian government is now equating digital journalism with foreign espionage.

Policemen inspect the facilities at a coal mine in Changji in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Feb. 21.

Meet Today’s Masters of the Universe

“The World for Sale” peels back the cover on the secretive—and sometimes shady—people who make the modern world go around.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Germany Will Never Back Down on Its Russian Pipeline

If it looks like Berlin is colluding with Moscow, that’s because it is.

CIA Director-designate William Burns testifies during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 24.

Biden’s Pick for CIA Director Singles Out China as ‘Biggest Geopolitical Test’

Bill Burns, a veteran diplomat, will helm the spy agency in an era of renewed great-power competition.

Supporters of the Georgian opposition party United National Movement are seen in the party's headquarters as the police raided the building in Tbilisi on Feb. 23.

Arrest of Georgia’s Opposition Leader Prompts Call for Sanctions

A police raid on the opposition headquarters is a watershed moment for the region’s only democracy.

Gas pipes at a German port

Russian Pipeline Project Tests Biden’s Relations With Russia, Germany—and Congress

Torn between mending ties with Germany or Republicans in Congress, the Biden administration takes a softer line on Nord Stream 2 than some lawmakers expected.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks on the phone in his office in St. Petersburg on Dec. 15, 2018.

What Biden and Putin Can Agree On

Both sides should take the long view if they are ever to reconcile.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's wife Yulia Navalnaya

Is Navalny’s Wife Taking Up His Baton?

No, Yulia Navalnaya’s purported political career seems to be another Kremlin misinformation op.

A Russian Arctic gas tanke

For a Biden Arctic Agenda, Look to Governance

Competition with China is too narrow a strategy for the far north.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Oct. 5, 2018.

America’s India Problem Is All About Russia

Forget U.S. sanctions over arms deals. Indian-Russian alignment is in Washington’s best interest.

Participants pose to show their traditional Japanese tattoos (Irezumi), associated with the yakuza, during the annual Sanja Matsuri festival in the Asakusa district of Tokyo on May 20, 2018.

The Pandemic Is Putting Gangsters in Power

As states struggle, organized crime is rising to new prominence.

Law enforcement officers patrol outside of the NASH TV channel headquarters during a demonstration in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 6. Protesters accused NASH TV of being pro-Kremlin and demanded it be taken off the air.

Ukraine’s President Finally Flexes His Muscles

Volodymyr Zelensky is taking on his country’s pro-Russian media machine. But can he emerge victorious?

A man walks past a wall of messages of support for the ongoing protests against the military coup in Yangon on Feb. 11.

Why Convicting Trump is Key to Biden’s Foreign Policy

With U.S. credibility so low, promoting democracy is harder than ever—so Washington should get its own house in order first.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a video meeting of the Pobeda ("victory") organizing committee at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on July 2, 2020.

Time to Think About a World Without Putin

The Russian leader is contemplating his mortality—as are his backers.

Chinese President  Xi Jinping, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen hold a video conference during the EU-China summit on Sept. 14, 2020.

America Is Back. Europe, Are You There?

Europeans say they want cooperation with Washington. Their latest actions speak a different language.

Men holding a Russian flag protest against a Moscow court’s decision to sentence the Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny to almost three years' imprisonment in Moscow on Feb. 2.

‘We Are Gaining in Strength’: After Navalny’s Imprisonment, Russian Opposition Looks Ahead

Navalny has been detained before. The anti-corruption movement he started has only gained momentum, despite a big Kremlin crackdown.

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping toast during a State Luncheon for China hosted on September 25, 2015 at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Will Biden Have to Choose Between U.S. Interests and Human Rights?

A coup in Myanmar and Russia’s sentencing of Alexei Navalny raise questions about whether promoting U.S. values could weaken Washington’s hand when it comes to great-power competition.

A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with blood on his hands

Autocrats Increasingly Quashing Dissent Beyond Their Own Borders

Freedom House says transnational repression is on the rise—led by China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.

Activists with masks of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump protest against nuclear weapons in Berlin on Nov. 18, 2017.

Biden, Asia, and the Politics of Nuclear Arms Control

To construct a new balance of power in Asia, Washington needs a better approach to nuclear arms.

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