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A United States Air Force F-35B Lightning II fighter jet performs an aerial display during the Singapore Airshow media preview on Feb. 9.

Why the United States Shouldn’t Sell Jets to the UAE

Selling F-35s to the United Arab Emirates could give Russia access to U.S. technology and erode Israel’s regional military edge.

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The Real Hacking Threat

It doesn’t matter if Russia actually sways the vote. What matters is whether Americans think it did.

Top U.S. arms negotiator Marshall Billingslea and Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas Bussiere

U.S. Allies Worry Trump Administration Might Let Key Nuclear Treaty With Russia Die

Internal documents acknowledge concern among allies about the expiration of the Obama-era New START accord, but U.S. negotiators are still playing hardball.

Tourists wearing protective face masks visit the Louvre in Paris on Aug. 6 after the lifting of some coronavirus  restrictions.

Why Europe Wins

Everyone writes off the European Union as dull and prone to fracture. But the last decade shows that Brussels is smarter than Beijing, London, Moscow, and Washington.

Actor Charlie Sheen attends a charity softball game to benefit “California Strong” at Pepperdine University on January 13, 2019 in Malibu, California. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for California Strong)

How Russia Tried to Weaponize Charlie Sheen

What’s behind an odd, international campaign to free a Russian operative from a Libyan jail?

People wave national and European flags during a post-election rally in Podgorica, Montenegro, on Sept. 6

Montenegro Is the Latest Domino to Fall Toward Russia

After parliamentary elections, a pro-West government is out. Europe and the United States should take note.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin

Finland’s President Can Hold His Own With Both Putin and Trump

Sauli Niinisto is hugely popular at home—and is one of the few world leaders who has the respect of both Washington and Moscow.

A gathering in support of Alexei Navalny

What Does Putin Stand to Gain (and Lose) by Going After Navalny?

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has survived his brush with a Russian nerve agent. But the attempt on his life says a lot about what Russia has become.

People carry a banner reading "Return Furgal for Us" during an unauthorized rally in support of governor Sergei Furgal in the Russian far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Aug. 8.

In Russia, All Politics Is Local

Ahead of this weekend’s elections, the biggest threat to Putin is not a nationwide uprising—it is a series of smaller protests over deeply felt local concerns.

Maria Kolesnikova sits with former Minister of Culture Pavel Latushko (left) and Coordinating Council member Maksim Znak (right) on their way to a protest in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 23.

Yet Another Opposition Leader Targeted in Belarus

Maria Kolesnikova is a former musician who rose to prominence in recent protests.

The cooling towers of the Dukovany nuclear power plant are seen during a nuclear accident exercise near Brno, Czech Republic, on March 26, 2013.

The Czech Republic Is Caught in a Nuclear Tug of War

Competition among China, Russia, and the West is taking the form of a battle to build reactors in Eastern Europe.

El Chapo boxes of aid for the needy

How to Run a Criminal Network in a Pandemic

Drug dealers and human traffickers are upgrading their marketing and delivery services.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a diplomatic summit.

U.S. Envoy Says Former Officials’ Call for Russia Rethink Is ‘Shameful’

James Gilmore, Trump’s ambassador to the OSCE, said he was “embarrassed” by calls from experts—including some of his former colleagues—to normalize ties with Russia.

A view of a ruby star atop one of the Kremlin's towers

The Russian Election Hack That Wasn’t (This Time)

Viral Russian report shows it’s still too easy to fall for misinformation online.

A protest in Belarus

Time Is Running Out in Belarus

Putin is signaling he wants a clear resolution—but he may not mind which side wins.

People take part in an anti-government rally in the rain in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 30.

Lukashenko Unleashed Changes in Belarus That Are Out of His Control

Whatever happens in the ongoing protests, the country’s society is increasingly less governable for a dictator.

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