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Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the press at the U.N. headquarters in New York on March 1.

Russia Thwarts U.S. Bid to Expand Syrian Aid Corridors

But the rival powers strike a compromise that prevents catastrophic shut-off of lifesaving aid to Syrians.

Central African and Russian political figures meet in Bangui, Central African Republic

Russian Mercenaries in Africa Aren’t Just There for the Money

Moscow’s geopolitical moves are driving murderous private actors.

The U.S. and Russian presidents meet.

Putin Is Testing Biden’s Cyber Resolve

New attacks after the Geneva summit were expected. But Washington doesn’t appear to know how to respond yet.

People wear rainbow masks at a rally in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Geopolitical Fault Line Behind the Attack on Tbilisi Pride

LGBT rights are at the center of the struggle over Georgia’s Western leanings.

Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko speaks at a conference of the Union of Women in Minsk on Sept. 17, 2020.

The West Gets Serious With Lukashenko—but Not Serious Enough

New sanctions are already affecting the regime’s behavior. Let’s tighten them.

A Russian healthcare worker administers a dose of Sputnik V vaccine at a vaccination center in the GUM department store in Moscow on July 2.

The Shocking Enormity of Russia’s Botched Pandemic Response

A massive third wave is spreading unchecked, anti-vaxxers are rampant, and the Kremlin’s vaccine diplomacy has failed.

German infantrymen folllow a tank toward Moscow in the snow in, 1941 during Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union. The image was published in. Signal, a magazine published by the German Third Reich. Art Media/Print Collector/Getty Images

Panzers, Beans, and Bullets

This wargame explains how Russia really stopped Hitler.

Displaced Syrians are in a camp in Idlib province.

When Humanitarian Aid Becomes a Bargaining Chip

Cross-border access into Syria has become a stress test for Putin and Biden's nascent relationship.

Tubes for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline are loaded onto a ship at the Sassnitz-Mukran port in northeastern Germany, on Dec. 12, 2019.

Why Is Ted Cruz Threatening Angela Merkel?

U.S. senators have threatened the Port of Sassnitz with “fatal measures,” but it’s worth asking what would happen if others acted the same way.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet removes her face mask before a press conference at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec. 9, 2020.

Biden Needs an International Organizations Strategy

A U.S. State Department czar should lead a campaign to stop China and Russia from gaining control of multilateral agencies.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine.

Russia Policy Puts Biden Under Pressure Across Europe

Ukraine has the most to gain in Biden’s emerging Russia policy—and the most to lose.

Swiss President Guy Parmelin (C) leads U.S. President Joe Biden (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet media during the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange on June 16, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. Biden is meeting his Russian counterpart, Putin, for the first time as president in Geneva, Switzerland.

Was the Biden-Putin Summit a Success?

The White House set clear red lines on cyberwar, but don’t expect much progress in the months to come.

A World War II Soviet propaganda poster by N. Zhukov and V. Klimashin depicting, a Red Army soldier, circa 1941. The text reads: 'Let's Fight For Moscow!'.
(Photo by: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)

Moscow Is Using Memory Diplomacy to Export Its Narrative to the World

Putin is pushing Russian revisionist history to bolster the Kremlin’s influence abroad and its legitimacy at home.

A shipment of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines arrives at the Tunis-Carthage International Airport in Tunis, Tunisia, on March 9.

With Sputnik V, Russia Shot Itself in the Foot

High prices, delayed deliveries, and questions about efficacy raise suspicions about Russia’s vaccine diplomacy in Africa.

U.S. President Joe Biden prepares to shake hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Biden Looks for a New, New START

But the Kremlin is driving a hard bargain for a new arms control deal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian strongman Aleksandr Lukashenko pose on a boat.

Putin, Lukashenko Are Reluctant Authoritarian Bros

The rift with the European Union has left Belarus at the mercy of Moscow.

U.S. President Joe Biden meets Russian President Vladimir Putin.

How the U.S.-Russia Relationship Got So Bad

And why its problems will outlast both presidents.

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