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Russian President Vladimir Putin looks out the window at the Black Sea resort of Anapa, Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks out the window at the Black Sea resort of Anapa, Russia.

Putin’s World Is Now Smaller Than Ever

The moral and strategic disaster of the Russian leader’s war in Ukraine has ended his imperial dreams.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts a national youth environmental forum in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia, on Sept. 5.
Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts a national youth environmental forum in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia, on Sept. 5.

Predictions of Putin’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

The Russian autocrat’s end has been predicted, wrongly, for two decades.

Captured Russian tanks are displayed in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Captured Russian tanks are displayed in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Putin Has a New Opposition—and It’s Furious at Defeat in Ukraine

Right-wing nationalists are spreading a dangerous “stab-in-the-back” myth to explain Russia’s crushing defeats.

Demonstrators and activists attend a vigil in support of Ukraine near European Union headquarters in Brussels on March 22.
Demonstrators and activists attend a vigil in support of Ukraine near European Union headquarters in Brussels on March 22.

How the Russian Oil Price Cap Will Work

Ignore the naysayers—the long-prepared plan is a smart way to slash the Kremlin’s profits.

A portrait of Darya Dugina is displayed near her coffin at a ceremony at the Ostankino television complex in Moscow on Aug. 23.
A portrait of Darya Dugina is displayed near her coffin at a ceremony at the Ostankino television complex in Moscow on Aug. 23.

Putin’s New Martyr for the Russian Cause

The Kremlin has turned a dead propagandist into a symbol of the war—and a call to kill more Ukrainians.

Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.
Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.

Russia’s Brutal Honesty Has Destroyed the West’s Appeasers

Yet plenty of Western intellectuals and politicians still ignore what Moscow is saying loud and clear.

Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, and then-League leader Matteo Salvini participate in a rally of right-wing opposition parties in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019.
Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, and then-League leader Matteo Salvini participate in a rally of right-wing opposition parties in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019.

Italy’s Snap Election Could Hand Putin the Win He Needs

Outspoken supporters of Russia are likely to play key roles in the next government.

A boy rides his scooter past the destroyed city hall in Okhtyrka, Ukraine on Aug. 1.
A boy rides his scooter past the destroyed city hall in Okhtyrka, Ukraine on Aug. 1.

The Case for Cautious Optimism in Ukraine

There are two Western views of the same facts on the ground in Ukraine—and only one can be correct.

Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin lean their heads close together to confer privately.
Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin lean their heads close together to confer privately.

The Wizard of the Kremlin

A French novel offers a fascinating, fictionalized look at Vladimir Putin’s longtime spin doctor.

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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.

Russians in Poland protest
Russians in Poland protest

Poland Has Had It With Russia

The ratings are out: And Biden falls alongside Putin.

Duda, Scholz, Macron in Berlin
Duda, Scholz, Macron in Berlin

The EU’s Balance of Power Is Shifting East

Russia’s war has opened up a vast strategic chasm within the European Union.

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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.

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.

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FP Live: Assessing Biden’s Foreign Policy With Matthew Duss

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s foreign-policy advisor will answer subscriber questions in this special edition of FP Live.

Honor guards carry the coffin of Rustam Zarifulin, a Kyrgyz soldier who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine, in Kara-Balta, Kyrgyzstan, on March 27.
Honor guards carry the coffin of Rustam Zarifulin, a Kyrgyz soldier who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine, in Kara-Balta, Kyrgyzstan, on March 27.

Restive Caucasus Sees Signs of Discontent with Putin’s War

But with power increasingly centralized in the Kremlin, don’t look for Moscow’s empire to fracture anytime soon.

Russia's assault on the South Caucasus in the 19th century
Russia's assault on the South Caucasus in the 19th century

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.

Demonstrators hold placards during a rally in support of Ukraine in Almaty, Kazakhstan on March 6.
Demonstrators hold placards during a rally in support of Ukraine in Almaty, Kazakhstan on March 6.

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.

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