For Opposition to Putin’s War, Look to the Fringes of His Empire
The dirty secret of the Russian military is that long-conquered subjects are the Kremlin’s cannon fodder.
Former Soviet States Are Distancing Themselves From Their Old Imperial Master
The war in Ukraine is prompting countries from Kazakhstan to Moldova to reexamine their colonial past and seek diplomatic allies beyond the Kremlin.
Don’t Cling to Hopes That Putin Will Ever Face Justice
The system for prosecuting war crimes is broken—but focusing on sanctions could work.
Ukraine Faces an Economic Abyss
The West has a vital interest in keeping the country’s wartime economy running.
Why Xi Is Trapped in Ukraine
Now, it is Russia, not China, sitting in the geopolitical driver’s seat.
Putin Is Targeting Ukrainian Hospitals. That’s a War Crime.
The Kremlin is reviving the brutal methods it used in Syria, and the World Health Organization is refusing to name the crime and its perpetrator.
Russia’s Ukraine Propaganda Has Turned Fully Genocidal
Egged on by the language of annihilation and extermination, Russian soldiers have become willing executioners.
Oksana Baulina, Fashion Editor-Turned-Kremlin Scourge, Killed in Kyiv
Russia loses a passionate voice against injustice.
Is an EU Army Coming?
Russia’s war in Ukraine is turning the European Union into a serious military player.
The Language of Russia’s War on Ukraine
Putin’s weaponization of the Russian language has solidified Ukrainian identity and statehood.
Putin’s Thousand-Year War
The reasons for his anti-Western enmity stretch back over Russia’s entire history—and they will be with us for a long time.
Hints of a Ukraine-Russia Deal?
Zelensky appears to float suggestions of a compromise, but U.S. officials fear Putin could double down.
We Need to Talk About Nuclear Weapons Again
Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats plunge the West into a debate it’s not ready for.
Why the World Can’t Ditch Diplomacy in Putin’s War
A former U.S. diplomat who served in Afghanistan on why talks still matter.
Putin’s War Has Middle Eastern Countries Hedging Their Bets
Washington’s security guarantees now seem worth even less.
There Could Be 10 Million Ukrainians Fleeing Putin’s Bombs
Europe has opened its borders to the continent’s biggest exodus of refugees since 1945.
What Putin’s Past Says About Ukraine’s Future
A historian speaks on how the Russian president’s history helps explain his current mindset.
Why Putin Keeps Talking About Kosovo
For the Kremlin, NATO’s 1999 war against Serbia is the West’s original sin—and a humiliating affront that Russia must avenge.