What Are Sweden and Finland Thinking?
European leaders have reassessed Russia’s intentions and are balancing against the threat that Putin poses to the territorial status quo.
Liberalism Isn’t Dead—but It’s Very Sick
In two new books, Yascha Mounk and Francis Fukuyama try to cure the patient.
Elites Are Getting Nationalism All Wrong
Russia, the United States, and the European Union are each suffering from resulting disasters.
Britain Seeks to Send Refugees to Rwanda
Boris Johnson’s government is partnering with an authoritarian regime in a legally questionable effort to make Britain’s asylum-seeker problem disappear.
Aleksandar Vucic’s Pyrrhic Victory
The Serbian president’s anti-Western propaganda is coming back to haunt him.
The Dangers of China’s Decline
As China’s economic miracle fades, its leaders may become more inclined to take risks.
The Ukraine War Doesn’t Change Everything
Russia’s war marks the definitive end of America’s unipolar moment and returns the world to a state best explained by realism.
Does the New U.S. National Defense Strategy Make Any Sense?
The Pentagon is scrambling to deter China while adjusting to war in Europe—but does its new approach amount to more than just rhetoric?
Inequality Doesn’t Breed Populism. Social Immobility Does.
The left keeps losing because it has failed to promote equal opportunity rather than equal outcomes.
The Secrets to Viktor Orban’s Success
Hungary’s prime minister will likely win a fourth consecutive election with an original political formula.
Ukraine’s War Is Erdogan’s Opportunity
Turkey’s president is seizing on Europe’s crisis to establish his own country’s independent power.
The Realist Case for a Ukraine Peace Deal
Conflict resolution isn’t just for woolly-headed idealists.
Ukraine, Russia, and the Bear Hug of Authoritarianism
Of all the democracies that emerged in the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine has suffered the most from Russian interference.
Kazakhstan Can’t Torture Its Way to Stability
Until the Tokayev regime shows remorse for its brutal crackdown, the country’s reforms won’t bring progress.
Digital Human Rights Need a Single Home in U.S. Government
If everybody is responsible for countering digital authoritarianism, no one is responsible.
The Intellectual Catastrophe of Vladimir Putin
The meaning of Russia’s war in Ukraine is its own national weakness.
Turkmenistan Is All About the Berdimuhamedovs
Central Asia is about to receive its first dynastic family.
An International Relations Theory Guide to the War in Ukraine
A consideration of which theories have been vindicated—and which have fallen flat.
Bahrain’s Paranoia About Iran Is Self-Defeating
A new regional alliance is undermining Bahrain’s stability at home.