Ukraine

Italy's 5-Star Movement party leader Beppe Grillo on May 19, 2014 in Rome.   (Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images)

Comedians Will Soon Rule the World

It’s no accident that a growing number of international comics are running for office—and winning.

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You Only Wish You Had Ukraine’s Democracy

Despite attacks from abroad and corruption at home, Ukrainian democracy isn't failing—it's thriving.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron were all smiles just weeks ago on Jan. 22, but that could change after Paris bucked Berlin’s hopes of building a Russian pipeline. (Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)

France and Germany Face Off Over Russian Pipeline

Though Berlin badly wants it built, Paris is set to side with the EU on new rules intended to contain Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (R), and Syrian Armed Forces' chief of staff Ali Abdullah Ayyoub (L) inspecting a military parade in the northwestern Syrian province of Latakia.

What Putin Really Wants in Syria

Russia never sought to be a small-time fixer in the Middle East. Its goal was to reclaim its status as a global power broker.

A man looks at the computer screen with the page of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Twitter in Moscow on August 14, 2014. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

Hackers Turn the Tables on Russia

A new website features documents pilfered from Kremlin officials and agencies.

Ukrainian ultra-nationalists burn flares and shout slogans as they march in the center of Lviv on April 28, 2016, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the foundation of the SS Galicia. (Yuriy Dyachshyn/AFP/Getty Images)

Black Is the New Orange

With Soviet-style illiberalism on the rise, what is there to celebrate on the five-year anniversary of Ukraine’s Maidan uprising?

Seized Ukrainian military vessels are seen in a port of Kerch, Crimea, on November 26, 2018.(STR/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Stand Up to Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine

Putin's latest ploy in the Kerch Strait must be countered fast.

Vladimir Putin poses for a photo with the Kremlin-friendly rapper, Timati, during a meeting with his campaign activists in Moscow, on March 5, 2012.

Putin’s Public Enemy

The Kremlin is going after Russian rappers, but the government can't control a culture it doesn't understand.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters train in a camp in the Aleppo countryside, northern Syria, on Dec. 16. (Aref Tammawi/AFP/Getty Images)

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2019

As U.S. leadership fades, authoritarian leaders are competing to see how much they can get away with.

Russian President Vladimir Putin points at a map while inspecting the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait, linking Russia and the Crimean peninsula, while aboard a helicopter on March 18, 2016. (Mikhail Klimenty/AFP/Getty Images)

Goodbye Grotius, Hello Putin

Russia’s provocations in the Kerch Strait aren’t just a challenge to Ukraine. Like Beijing in the South China Sea, Moscow is seeking to undermine international maritime law.

Russian Navy Commander in Chief Adm. Vladimir Korolyov, President Vladimir Putin, and Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu examine a globe in St. Petersburg on July 30, 2017. (Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

How Putin Is Perfecting His Border Plan

From the Kremlin’s pro-Trump meddling in 2016 to its threats to Ukraine, Georgia and other border states, nearly everything has gone its way.

Russian President Vladimir Putin forages for mushrooms during a visit to Tuva, in southern Siberia, on Aug. 26. (Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Doesn’t Sweat His Unpopularity

Whatever the Russian president is doing in Ukraine, it isn’t because of his falling poll numbers.

Far-right activists hold flares during a rally in support of martial law and cutting ties with Russia in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on Nov. 26. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Martial Law Is a Test. Will Ukraine’s Democracy Pass?

Ukraine’s parliament resisted President Petro Poroshenko’s call for an extended state of emergency—but the battle isn’t over yet.

A Ukrainian soldier patrols a boat moored in Mariupol, Ukraine, on the Sea of Azov on Nov. 27. (Sega Volskii/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine’s New Front Is Europe’s Big Challenge

There’s plenty Europe should do to push back against Russia’s latest attack on Ukraine.

Two of the Ukrainian vessels seized by Russia on Sunday pictured near Kerch, Crimea on Nov. 26. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Pushes Russia-Ukraine Tensions to a Four-Year High

By firing on and seizing Ukrainian vessels, Moscow has thrown the West into a quandary: add sanctions, send in NATO, or hope for a de-escalation?

Deputy Chief Monitor of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug (2nd L), reacts as fellow OSCE members (R) look on during a meeting with separatists in Donetsk on July 30, 2014. Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

Counting the Dead in Europe’s Forgotten War

The deputy head of the OSCE’s observer mission in Ukraine describes the challenges and frustrations of monitoring the war.

Activists protest during an anti-corruption rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on Oct. 22, 2017. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Corrupt Shall Inherit Ukraine

In a country where even the anti-corruption prosecutors abuse their power, it's hard to say who the good guys are.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), accompanied by Patriarch of Russia Kirill and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, places a candle as he visits the New Jerusalem Orthodox Monastery outside the town of Istra, some 70 km outside Moscow, on November 15, 2017. (ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Wants God (or at Least the Church) on His Side

A contest over the future of Christianity in Ukraine goes to the heart of Moscow's ambitions.

The Ukrainian journalist and member of parliament Serhiy Leshchenko points to a monitor displaying a page of an illegal shadow accounting book of the party of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, which showed alleged payments to Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's presidential campaign chairman, during a press conference in Kiev on Aug. 19, 2016. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ukrainian Who Sunk Paul Manafort

The politician and former journalist Serhiy Leshchenko says Ukraine needs its own Robert Mueller.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with House Republicans in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 17. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

How Much Damage Did Trump Cause in Helsinki?

The president’s disgraceful remarks could have disturbing results.

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