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Visitors view the Moscow skyline from the Vorobyovy Hills observation point during a hot summer day in Moscow on Aug. 18.
Visitors view the Moscow skyline from the Vorobyovy Hills observation point during a hot summer day in Moscow on Aug. 18.

Who’s Winning the Sanctions War?

The West has inflicted damage on the Russian economy, but Putin has so far contained those costs.

Rising smoke can be seen from the beach at Saky after explosions were heard from the direction of a Russian military airbase in Crimea.
Rising smoke can be seen from the beach at Saky after explosions were heard from the direction of a Russian military airbase in Crimea.

Will an Attack on Crimea Change the Course of the Ukraine War?

Kyiv has shown that it can hit far behind enemy lines, but putting Crimea in play may deal a psychological blow without altering the territorial endgame.

Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.
Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.

Russia’s Brutal Honesty Has Destroyed the West’s Appeasers

Yet plenty of Western intellectuals and politicians still ignore what Moscow is saying loud and clear.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, and then-League leader Matteo Salvini participate in a rally of right-wing opposition parties in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019.
Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, and then-League leader Matteo Salvini participate in a rally of right-wing opposition parties in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019.

Italy’s Snap Election Could Hand Putin the Win He Needs

Outspoken supporters of Russia are likely to play key roles in the next government.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

How to Take Down a Tyrant

Three steps for exerting maximum economic pressure on Putin.

Finland's ambassador to the United States Mikko Hautala
Finland's ambassador to the United States Mikko Hautala

The Russia Whisperer

Finland’s envoy to Washington once shared a sauna with the Russian president. Here’s what he thinks the West got wrong about Vladimir Putin.

A boy rides his scooter past the destroyed city hall in Okhtyrka, Ukraine on Aug. 1.
A boy rides his scooter past the destroyed city hall in Okhtyrka, Ukraine on Aug. 1.

The Case for Cautious Optimism in Ukraine

There are two Western views of the same facts on the ground in Ukraine—and only one can be correct.

A woman watches a video that shows the execution of Bosnia Muslims from Srebrenica by Serbian paramilitaries in 1995.
A woman watches a video that shows the execution of Bosnia Muslims from Srebrenica by Serbian paramilitaries in 1995.

Scenes From Hell

A disturbing video out of Ukraine evokes similar scenes from Srebrenica.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appears at a press conference at European Union headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 10, 2021.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appears at a press conference at European Union headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 10, 2021.

It’s Time for Olaf Scholz to Walk His Talk

Since announcing revolutionary changes in German defense, Berlin has been dragging its feet nonstop.

A visitor at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin on Sept. 25, 2019.
A visitor at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin on Sept. 25, 2019.

Germany Has Confronted Its Past. Now It Must Confront the Present.

Accepting—or rejecting—historical guilt for past evils doesn’t absolve nations of present-day responsibility.

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout
Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout

We Cannot Risk Another Bout With Viktor Bout

I oversaw the U.S. effort to capture the Russian arms dealer. Here’s what Joe Biden should know before trading him away.

A pedestrian walks past a partly vandalized mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade, Serbia, on June 2.
A pedestrian walks past a partly vandalized mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade, Serbia, on June 2.

Serbia Is Playing With Matches Again

Brinkmanship over Kosovo, footsie with Moscow, and friction with Brussels are par for the course for Belgrade.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for a European Council meeting.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for a European Council meeting.

Putin’s Trojan Horse Inside the European Union

No matter what Moscow does, Hungary’s prime minister consistently carries water for the Kremlin.

Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders staff help evacuate pensioners from villages near the front lines of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Pokrovsk, Donetsk region, on July 18.
Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders staff help evacuate pensioners from villages near the front lines of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Pokrovsk, Donetsk region, on July 18.

Russian Propaganda Is Targeting Aid Workers

Disinformation campaigns that worked in Syria have failed so far in Ukraine.

Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin lean their heads close together to confer privately.
Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin lean their heads close together to confer privately.

The Wizard of the Kremlin

A French novel offers a fascinating, fictionalized look at Vladimir Putin’s longtime spin doctor.

Farmers harvest barley in Ukraine
Farmers harvest barley in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Breadbasket Is (Almost) Open for Business Again

But the devil is in the details, including how ships can navigate offshore minefields and Russia’s shifting will.

Smoke rises from the grounds of the Azovstal steel plant amid the ongoing Russian military action in Mariupol, Ukraine, on April 29.
Smoke rises from the grounds of the Azovstal steel plant amid the ongoing Russian military action in Mariupol, Ukraine, on April 29.

Destroying the Environment Is a War Crime, Too

Beneath the human catastrophe Russia has inflicted on Ukraine is an array of environmental disasters that will impact generations to come.

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