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A woman walks past a television showing file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watching a missile launch, in Seoul on July 31.

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.

A shaman is pictured behind a fire during a traditional Slavic holiday celebration in the Kalugskaya region of Russia on June 22, 2008.

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.

A Russian soldier stands guard during a joint patrol with Turkish forces in the countryside of Darbasiyah, Syria.

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Russia’s growing presence in Syria, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigns, and dubious election fraud claims in Malawi.

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.

Putin Lost His African Great Game Before He Started

Russia wants to expand its footprint across Africa—but the feeling isn’t mutual.

A Russian military police armored personnel carrier drives past an equestrian statue of Bassel al-Assad, the late brother of President Bashar al-Assad, in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on Oct. 24.

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.

A member of law enforcement stands at attention in front of a map of the world at the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism International Law Enforcement Conference in Miami on June 11, 2007.

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.

James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition, testifies during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 22.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a joint press conference following their talks in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Oct. 22.

Putin and Erdogan’s Deal for Syria Can’t Last

Since neither leader can enforce the terms, the country’s war will wear on.

Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall before a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 17, 2015.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on the sidelines of the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on Oct. 24.

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.

Republican lawmakers including Rep. Scott Perry (from left), Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Rep. Mark Meadows speak to reporters after a closed-door meeting with Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the EU, was cancelled on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 8.

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.

An artistic rendition of Sauron, Dark Lord of Mordor, circa Third Age 3019.

Why Mordor Failed

Sauron’s hegemonic collapse holds potent lessons for the Trump administration.

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan speaks at a press conference.

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.

A line of U.S. military vehicles in Syria's northern city of Manbij on Dec. 30, 2018 after U.S. President Donald Trump first announced in  that U.S. troops would depart Syria.

Kobani Today, Krakow Tomorrow 

Washington has abandoned the Kurds. If Europe doesn’t bolster its defenses, the Poles, Lithuanians, and Latvians could be next. 

Protester hold a poster reading "the power, it's us. Give us a vote!" during a rally in Moscow.

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.

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain on the third day of Turkey's military operation.

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Turkey bombs Syrian Kurds, Poland goes to the polls, and the NBA bows to Chinese pressure.

The Ukrainian word for corruption, prodazhnist’

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.

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