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People walk near heavily damaged buildings in the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwestern Syria on Sept. 16.

Idlib Faces a Fearsome Future: Islamist Rule or Mass Murder

Despite this week’s meeting of Putin, Erdogan, and Rouhani, there is no good news in the last redoubt of the Syrian revolt.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attend a news conference in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 14.

Putin Is Trolling the United States in the Persian Gulf

In the wake of the drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, the Russian president has positioned himself as a peacemaker. But continued conflict is his friend.

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine accused of spying and arrested in Russia, arrives to attend his hearing at a court in Moscow on Aug. 23.

Paul Whelan’s Freedom Is a Family Affair

Siblings of former U.S. Marine detained in Moscow work around the clock to procure his release.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addresses NATO member on Sept. 1, the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, in Warsaw, Poland.

Trump’s Defense Cuts in Europe Will Backfire

Rather than distributing military burdens equitably, Washington’s rollbacks weaken both the United States and its allies.

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Coming Sept. 23: And Now the Hard Part

Foreign Policy and the Brookings Institution are teaming up for a new podcast focused on practical solutions to the biggest challenges facing the world today.

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Announcing the 2019 Essay Contest

Tell us how you think U.S. engagement with Russia should change to best improve global security.

A member of a local election commission prepares a polling station ahead of elections in Moscow on Sept. 6.

Russia’s Future Is Still in the Hands of Putin’s Cronies

The president’s allies are starting to express discontent. They’ll stick with him for now, but a change could be coming.

An employee walks behind a glass wall with machine coding symbols at the headquarters of the internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow on Oct. 17, 2016.

Russia and China Are Trying to Set the U.N.’s Rules on Cybercrime

At the United Nations General Assembly, the United States must push back against their agenda.

Representatives of the Taliban attend international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on Nov. 9, 2018.

In the Demise of the Taliban Peace Talks, Russia Is the Winner

Even as it paints itself as an ally in Afghanistan, the Kremlin is busy undercutting Washington.

Frames of Chinese President Xi Jinping, US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are display in a photo shop in Beijing on April 17, 2017.

Democracy Is Fighting for Its Life

Around the world, political freedom isn’t just slipping away—it’s getting dragged down by fervent enemies.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a joint news conference following their talks on the sidelines of the MAKS 2019 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow on Aug. 27.

Putin Plays Erdogan Like a Fiddle

In the increasingly close relationship between the Russian and Turkish presidents, there’s one clear alpha.

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the stage after speaking during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center in Beijing on May 14, 2017.

Russians Begin to Consider Life Without Putin

After a summer of discontent, a series of elections in Russia opens up a new chapter in its political history.

An employee of GASCADE Gastransport GmbH walks among sections of steel pipe stacked ahead of construction of the Eugal natural gas pipeline at Rietzneuendorf-Staakow on August 29, 2018 near Golssen, Germany.

Maximum Pressure on Germany Is a Big Mistake

New sanctions from the United States risk pushing Berlin firmly into Moscow’s geopolitical corner.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers a speech during celebrations to mark Ukraine’s 28th Independence Day in Kyiv on Aug. 24.

Ukraine’s Democracy Is (Almost) All Grown Up

If Zelensky can build on his predecessor’s legacy, he may just succeed in furthering Ukraine’s economic growth and drawing the country still closer to the West.

An Israeli F-35 fighter jet performs during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli pilots at the Hatzerim Israeli Air Force base on June 27.

Is Iraq the New Front Line in Israel’s Conflict with Iran?

Nearly four decades after taking out Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor, Israel once again faces threats emanating from Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton attends a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on April 2.

Trump’s National Security Advisor to Visit Belarus

The highest-level trip this century will likely anger the Kremlin, even as the U.S. president tries to bring Russia back into the G-7.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federal Assembly at Moscow's Manezh Central Exhibition Hall for his state of the union address on March 1, 2018.

Is Russia’s Doomsday Missile Fake News?

Experts are skeptical that Moscow has the money or technical know-how to field Putin’s promised arsenal.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Berlin on June 30, 2014.

Meet Israel’s New Kingmaker

Avigdor Lieberman could determine whether Benjamin Netanyahu gets another term. What does he want?   

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8 Ways to Stay Ahead of Influence Operations

With election meddling inevitable in 2020, the United States needs a powerful kill chain.

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the launch of a missile during military exercises in the Barents Sea aboard the Pyotr Veliky nuclear missile cruiser on Aug. 17, 2005.

A Mysterious Explosion Took Place in Russia. What Really Happened?

Russia’s catastrophic test of a nuclear-powered missile proves that a new global arms race will mean new nuclear accidents.

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