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A demonstrator wears a mask bearing a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin as protesters gather for a march to defend human rights, freedom of speech, and democracy on July 15, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP)

Finland and the Bear

Russian meddling is a rising concern in Helsinki.

Montenegrin Army soldiers fire artillery look at the Montenegro flag during preparations on the eve of Independence day, on May 20, 2010 in Cetinje, Montenegro.

A Russian Attack on Montenegro Could Mean the End of NATO

Trump doesn’t think the country is worth defending. Putin has already tried to destabilize it once—the West can’t let it happen again.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

The Summer of Israel’s Contentment

Politicians are exploiting a period of relative calm to gamble with the country’s future.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Work With Putin to Develop a New Framework for Syria

U.S.-Russia relations have reached a generational low—but there’s still room for cooperation to avert a wider war in the Middle East.

Radoslaw Sikorski, a former Polish minister of foreign affairs and defense, in Krakow, Poland, on December 17, 2017.  (Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

‘We Have No Idea What President Trump Would Do in a Crisis with Russia.’

Poland’s former defense and foreign minister explains how Trump left Eastern Europe in the lurch.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump speak to the press after a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Performance in Helsinki Shouldn’t Have Come as a Surprise

U.S. allies in Europe are resigned to a trans-Atlantic relationship that keeps getting worse.

Alexander Vershbow, the U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation from 2001 to 2005 and former deputy secretary-general of NATO, steps up to his chair after addressing delegates in Budapest on May 18, 2015. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Unless They Pay a Price for It, They’re Going to Keep Doing It.’

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia says Trump can’t hold Moscow accountable by “winging it.”

A woman is locked up in a transparent suitcase reading "Stop Human Trafficking! 60 Years of Human Rights" on a luggage belt at the airport in Munich, Germany, on December 11, 2008. The Human Rights organization Amnesty International staged the action to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Putin Doesn’t Care about Sex Trafficking

Russia could have done something to prevent sexual exploitation of foreign women during the World Cup. It chose not to.

Musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi (C) is joined by other activists on July 11, 2018 in Kampala, Uganda during a protest against a controversial tax on the use of social media.

Africa’s Attack on Internet Freedom

While Washington turns a blind eye, autocrats across the continent are muzzling their citizens online.

Britain's then-foreign secretary Boris Johnson, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for a working dinner meeting at the NATO summit at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017.

Boris Johnson’s Great Leap Forward

Britain’s conservatives were once known for sensible stewardship of the economy. Now, the Tory Maoists are blowing it up.

U.S. President Gerald Ford (L) speaks with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev (R) during the European Summit focused on Security and Cooperation on August 7, 1975 in Helsinki.

Once Upon a Time, Helsinki Meant Human Rights

Trump’s summit with Putin risks tarnishing a legacy of Republican moral leadership.

U.S. President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.

Trump Should Strike a Deal With Putin on Syria

The United States won’t get everything it wants, but it would be wise to protect Washington’s remaining interests before it’s too late.

Flags with the logo and the World Cup 2018 mascot Zabivaka are seen in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow on June 30, 2018 during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP)        (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Read FP’s Coverage of the 2018 World Cup

War is politics by other means — and so is the World Cup.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

At Helsinki Summit, Putin Likely to Rebuff Any Pressure From Trump on Syria

The United States wants Russia to help oust Iranian troops from Syria.

An older woman sits at a bus stop next to a poster featuring Zabivaka, the official mascot of the 2018 World Cup, in downtown Moscow on April 4. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

In Russia, Plan to Raise Pension Age Draws Protests

The government announced the change at start of the World Cup, when it was least likely to be noticed.

The Egyptian national team's star striker Mohamed Salah, left, and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov pose in Grozny, Chechnya, on June 10, ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s Muslim Strongman Is Winning the World Cup

Ramzan Kadyrov is using sports diplomacy to bolster his image.

Members of the Russian military police hand out food aid to Syrians arriving in a convoy carrying displaced people in Idlib province, on June 1, 2018, with a banner on a Russian military vehicle seen in the background showing the portraits of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad , and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia Doesn’t Solve Conflicts, It Silences Them

The Kremlin’s involvement in the Middle East has raised Moscow’s profile while letting underlying tensions fester.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Russia Policy Is Better Than Obama’s Was

The U.S. stance on Russia may have reached a post-Cold War high point.

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