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North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski
North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski

EU Enlargement Is Broken in the Balkans

Ukraine and Moldova are shortlisted for the European Union. Ask North Macedonia how that went.

United Nations troops fight in the streets of Seoul, South Korea, on Sept. 20, 1950.
United Nations troops fight in the streets of Seoul, South Korea, on Sept. 20, 1950.

Ukraine Is the Korean War Redux

Russia’s invasion heralds the transition to a new global order—but it will be less stable than the Cold War.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos arrives for a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the U.K. diplomatic residence in New York City on Sept. 20, 2021.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos arrives for a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the U.K. diplomatic residence in New York City on Sept. 20, 2021.

Billionaires Can Arm Ukraine

The ultra-rich should dip into their deep pockets—for their own sake.

Ukrainian soldiers fire a French CAESAR self-propelled howitzer at Russian positions near the front line in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine on June 15.
Ukrainian soldiers fire a French CAESAR self-propelled howitzer at Russian positions near the front line in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine on June 15.

Biden’s Endgame Shouldn’t Be Victory for Ukraine

There is no realistic scenario for Ukraine to win. Washington should push for a settlement.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha, Ukraine, on April 4.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha, Ukraine, on April 4.

Does Kyiv Need a Marshall Plan?

Top policymakers discuss how to rebuild Ukraine.

A portrait of Alexander Pushkin.
A portrait of Alexander Pushkin.

From Pushkin to Putin: Russian Literature’s Imperial Ideology

Russian classical literature, chock full of dehumanizing nationalism, reads disturbingly familiar today.

Anti-tank obstacles are shown on a wheat field in southern Ukraine's Mykolaiv region on June 11.
Anti-tank obstacles are shown on a wheat field in southern Ukraine's Mykolaiv region on June 11.

Here’s How to Help Ukraine Handle Putin’s Food Blockade

Creative storage and transport of the new harvest can undercut Russia’s weaponization of global hunger.

The United Nations Security Council gathers.
The United Nations Security Council gathers.

Take Realist Arguments Over Russia in Good Faith

As Thucydides’s history shows, wielding power needs open debate.

Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, visits a mass grave in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, on April 13.
Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, visits a mass grave in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, on April 13.

Can Plea Bargains Save the ICC?

Negotiated settlements would allow the court to go after more bad actors and could even mitigate further atrocities.

Russians in Poland protest
Russians in Poland protest

Poland Has Had It With Russia

The ratings are out: And Biden falls alongside Putin.

Erdogan in Albania
Erdogan in Albania

Why the West Should Make Peace With Erdogan Now

He is the one unsavory character the West urgently needs better relations with.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi pose for a G-7 leaders’ photo in Brussels on March 24.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi pose for a G-7 leaders’ photo in Brussels on March 24.

The G-7 Agrees: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Is a ‘Zeitenwende’

New survey data shows majorities across the group of major industrial countries see Putin’s aggression as a fundamental turning point for the world.

Georgian soldiers
Georgian soldiers

What the Fall of Empires Tells Us About the Ukraine War

Russia’s war can only be understood as a bloody post-imperial conflict.

Mobile artillery moves through Red Square
Mobile artillery moves through Red Square

Why Russia Keeps Turning to Mass Firepower

Russian artillery is an old tradition with brutal uses.

Shishimarin with a shaved head and wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt looks down as his image is reflected in the plexiglass holding cell.
Shishimarin with a shaved head and wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt looks down as his image is reflected in the plexiglass holding cell.

The Reckoning for War Crimes in Ukraine Has Begun

What do the first convictions of Russian servicemen hold for the future?

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stands in front of the Chancellery in Berlin.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stands in front of the Chancellery in Berlin.

Germany’s New Resolve on Russia Is Already Flagging

Berlin—along with Paris—may yet help Moscow snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

An unexploded cylindrical bomb sits amid red flowers in front of a destroyed apartment building.
An unexploded cylindrical bomb sits amid red flowers in front of a destroyed apartment building.

The U.S. Should Start Helping Ukraine Rebuild Now

The West must demonstrate resolve for Ukraine to prosper as a sovereign nation.

A container is decorated with a map showing the proposed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a project that was scrapped after Russia invaded Ukraine, in Lubmin, Germany, on March 1.
A container is decorated with a map showing the proposed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a project that was scrapped after Russia invaded Ukraine, in Lubmin, Germany, on March 1.
A worker cuts the nose off the last Ukraine's Tupolev-22M3, the Soviet-made strategic aircraft able to carry nuclear weapons at a military base in Poltava, Ukraine on Jan. 27, 2006. A total of 60 aircraft were destroyed  according to the USA-Ukrainian disarmament agreement.
A worker cuts the nose off the last Ukraine's Tupolev-22M3, the Soviet-made strategic aircraft able to carry nuclear weapons at a military base in Poltava, Ukraine on Jan. 27, 2006. A total of 60 aircraft were destroyed according to the USA-Ukrainian disarmament agreement.

Why Do People Hate Realism So Much?

The school of thought doesn’t explain everything—but its proponents foresaw the potential for conflict over Ukraine long before it erupted.

Ones and Tooze Override Photo
Ones and Tooze Override Photo

Why the Russia-Ukraine War Has Germany Worried About Bunkers

Plus: The Faroe Islands and the economics of tiny governments.

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