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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

 Ukraine’s Debt Problem Spells Trouble

If the government continues to pile up debt without necessary reforms, it will set its economy on the road to ruin.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer walks with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 9.

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Political psychologists offer a new approach to authoritarianism, Ukraine clamps down on pro-Russian media, and a critically acclaimed documentary chronicles Wuhan’s lockdown.

Law enforcement officers patrol outside of the NASH TV channel headquarters during a demonstration in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 6. Protesters accused NASH TV of being pro-Kremlin and demanded it be taken off the air.

Ukraine’s President Finally Flexes His Muscles

Volodymyr Zelensky is taking on his country’s pro-Russian media machine. But can he emerge victorious?

An elderly woman waves to a volunteer during Christian Orthodox Easter celebration in Bucharest, Romania, on April 18.

Western Europe Is Losing Its Immigrants

Eastern Europeans are returning home in droves. Here’s what that means for Eastern Europe’s economies—and the European Union.

A USAID mural, to commemorate the building of supportive walls and road shoulders, is pictured in the village of al-Badhan, north of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on August 25, 2018.

Controversial Trump USAID Appointee Returns from Absence

While seasoned federal officials are being fired, Trump’s loyalists are coming back, threatening fresh tensions between the outgoing administration and Congress.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wears a protective face mask during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Sept. 24.

Zelensky’s Midterm Report Card

Expectations aside, local elections were about more than the president—and Russia.

Women protest in Belarus

Why Belarus Is Not Ukraine

Yes, there are surprisingly big protests—like those that rocked Kyiv six years ago—being met with brutal crackdowns. But Belarus is a whole different story.

State Department official George Kent testifying on Capitol Hill.

Trump Promotes Senior Diplomats, Including Star Impeachment Witness

George Kent, promoted to a new rank in the senior foreign service, has avoided the grim fate of other impeachment witnesses.

A guard patrols Poland's border with Ukraine.

Poland Needs Migrant Workers. The Pandemic Has Kept Them Away.

Despite the government’s anti-immigration rhetoric, many Polish businesses rely on workers from other parts of Eastern Europe.

John Bolton and Donald Trump

Bolton’s Book Is a Terrifying Warning About What Trump Could Still Do

Geopolitical ignorance is no longer funny when it impacts U.S. national security.

Ukraine Prisoner Swap Protests

Which Way Will Ukraine Swing?

A year after Zelensky’s election, mixed messaging on the country’s relationships with Russia and Europe is raising eyebrows internationally.

U.S. State Department Inspector General Steve Linick departs the U.S. Capitol October 2, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Trump Escalates War on Government Watchdogs

The shock firing of the State Department’s top watchdog is raising fears that diplomats won’t be protected against political retaliation.

Ukrainians protest against the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from the Zolote area in eastern Ukraine, where they had been battling Moscow-backed separatists, in Kyiv on Oct. 29, 2019.

Ukraine, Not Russia, Will Sue for Peace as Pandemic Pressure Rises

Hopes that a pandemic-weakened Russia will want to end the war in Ukraine will be disappointed.

Various photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin

How Putin Changed Russia Forever

President Vladimir Putin has transformed his country and its relations with the world. We asked 11 leading experts to look back at his 20-year reign and predict what the future may bring.

Employees disinfect the streets and shops inside Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Istanbul on March 18.

The Coronavirus Is Creating a Crisis on Europe’s Borders

European countries have suffered from the pandemic, but their southern and eastern neighbors are faring even worse—setting the stage for financial ruin, political instability, and a surge of refugees.

Volodymyr Zelensky arrives at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

The End of Volodymyr Zelensky’s Honeymoon

Changing Ukraine is much harder than its president thought. Here is how Zelensky should reboot his presidency and secure his place in history.

Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin

Putin Fires His Puppet Master

Vladislav Surkov, who stage-managed Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, is replaced.

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