Ukraine’s Runoff Election Is More Than a Contest of Personalities
It is hard for the country to move West with Russia on its back.
The Great Brexit Distraction
Attempts to blame Russia for the EU’s mess will only get in the way of addressing the union’s real problems.
5 Factors That Will Make or Break Bibi’s Re-Election Chances
The Israeli leader is vying for a fifth term amid corruption allegations.
Russia’s Next Land Grab Won’t Be in an Ex-Soviet State. It Will Be in Europe.
First he came for Georgia, then for Ukraine. Vladimir Putin’s next target is likely to be a non-NATO nation in the EU.
Don’t Believe the Russian Hype
Moscow’s missile capabilities in the Baltic Sea region are not nearly as dangerous as they seem.
Putin Wants to Dissolve the Russian People and Elect Another
The Russian president was a man of the common people—until the common people started making demands.
Trump Once Wanted to Negotiate With Russia Over Nukes. Then Mueller Happened.
The U.S. president might be too hemmed in by the Russia probe to attempt a successor to the INF or START treaties.
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.
The Unintended Consequences of Trump’s Decision to Withdraw From Syria
It has already empowered Russia and Iran while undermining the Kurds.
There’s One Country in Europe Where Putin Is a Rock Star
The Russian president’s visit to Serbia was a lovefest—but beyond the odes to Orthodox brotherhood, the two authoritarian leaders are using one another to advance a geopolitical agenda.
The True Mystery Man in the Trump Probe: Putin
Even if Trump is impeached, U.S. investigators are unlikely to find the Russian president’s fingerprints.
Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback
With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.
The Belarusian President Won’t Go Down Without a Fight
Tensions between Moscow and Minsk have sparked worries over another Russian annexation.
Putin’s Public Enemy
The Kremlin is going after Russian rappers, but the government can't control a culture it doesn't understand.
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.
Putin Doesn’t Sweat His Unpopularity
Whatever the Russian president is doing in Ukraine, it isn’t because of his falling poll numbers.
Ethnic Nationalism Gave Georgia Freedom. Now It Needs Civic Nationalism to Survive.
The Caucasus is a complex ethnic and religious patchwork, and only a shared identity can help Georgians push back against Putin.
New Sanctions Won’t Hurt Russia
Washington thinks punitive measures will change Moscow’s calculus, but the Russian economy is doing just fine.