Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden meet for the U.S.-Russian summit in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16, 2021.

Biden Must Do Better Than Obama on Ukraine

Russia’s 2014 invasion distracted Washington and delayed the Asia pivot—something the West cannot afford to repeat.

An activist wrapped in Ukraine's flag stands outside the White House during an anti-Putin protest on March 12, 2014 in Washington.

Is Defending Ukraine Vital to U.S. Security?

As Putin prepares to invade, Washington and its allies still appear undecided on whether Kyiv is worth fighting for.

A Ukrainian military serviceman walks near the front line.

Why Is Putin Acting Now?

Multiple factors are driving Russia’s escalation against Ukraine.

People with Ukrainian flags attend a rally.

There’s Plenty of Blame to Go Around on Ukraine

Focusing on U.S. idealism ignores Russia’s own agency.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Stop Panicking About Ukraine—and Putin

Russia has its own limits and logic that make war unlikely.

A view of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.

U.S. Orders Diplomats’ Families to Leave Ukraine Amid Russian Invasion Fears

High-level diplomatic talks between the United States and Russia have failed to defuse the crisis.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen attend a news briefing following the Ukraine-EU summit in Kiev on Oct. 12, 2021.

The West Fell Into Putin’s Trap

Even if Russia never invades Ukraine, it is accomplishing one of its major goals in Europe.

Wheat harvest in Ukraine

A Russia-Ukraine War Could Ripple Across Africa and Asia

Beware of food price spikes and revolutions if Ukrainian grain deliveries are disrupted.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron (not pictured) at the G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.

A “New Cold War” to Decide the Future of Europe—and the World

Trump’s ambassador to the OSCE says a Russian invasion of Ukraine is an attack on “all of America’s allies.”

Ukrainian servicemen taking part in the armed conflict with Russia-backed separatists in Donetsk region of the country attend the handover ceremony of military heavy weapons and equipment in Kiev on November 15, 2018.

The West’s Weapons Won’t Make Any Difference to Ukraine

U.S. military equipment wouldn’t realistically help Ukrainians—or intimidate Putin.


What Do You Want To Know About The Ukraine Crisis?

A space for subscribers to submit questions to our team of reporters and experts.

U.S. President Joe Biden

‘Don’t Freaking Test Us’: U.S. Sanctions Alleged Intelligence Operatives Undermining Ukraine

It’s part of an effort to shed light on Russia’s orchestrated campaign to destabilize Kyiv—and even take over Ukraine.


What Does Putin Really Want?

This week on the show: Two Russia experts on Moscow’s Ukraine gambit.

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