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.
Our Top Weekend Reads
Political psychologists offer a new approach to authoritarianism, Ukraine clamps down on pro-Russian media, and a critically acclaimed documentary chronicles Wuhan’s lockdown.
Ukraine’s President Finally Flexes His Muscles
Volodymyr Zelensky is taking on his country’s pro-Russian media machine. But can he emerge victorious?
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.
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.
Zelensky’s Midterm Report Card
Expectations aside, local elections were about more than the president—and Russia.
Trump USAID Appointee Takes Sudden Absence After Controversial Tenure
Employees at the agency had criticized Pete Marocco for mismanagement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One Year On, Zelensky Survives Impeachment (Trump’s, That Is) and Blunted Hopes
After a roller-coaster year, the Ukrainian president remains hugely popular.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Putin Fires His Puppet Master
Vladislav Surkov, who stage-managed Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, is replaced.