How Will Moscow Use Its Energy Leverage Over Europe?
The Kremlin holds one of the keys to resolving Europe’s energy crisis.
A Nobel for Journalists Is a Direct Challenge to Authoritarians
Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s award will make leaders like Duterte and Putin think twice before attacking reporters—but only if democratic governments bolster the free press.
Russia’s Crazy Sham Election
To retain control in this weekend’s Duma elections, the Kremlin has reached very deep into its bag of tricks.
Why Putin Is Obsessed With ‘Foreign Agents’
The Kremlin’s latest crackdown could ultimately backfire.
Biden’s Surrender to Merkel on Nord Stream 2
His support for the pipeline abandoned a bipartisan consensus, got nothing in return, and made the world less secure.
Russia Thwarts U.S. Bid to Expand Syrian Aid Corridors
But the rival powers strike a compromise that prevents catastrophic shut-off of lifesaving aid to Syrians.
When Humanitarian Aid Becomes a Bargaining Chip
Cross-border access into Syria has become a stress test for Putin and Biden's nascent relationship.
Putin and Biden Curb Their Enthusiasm
A “cold peace” is the best-case scenario coming out of this week’s summit.
What Putin Wants From His Summit With Biden
With expectations low in Moscow, the Kremlin is looking for limited deescalation.
Asia’s Stakes in the Biden-Putin Summit
Geopolitical shifts have put a U.S.-Russian detente in the interest of much of Asia.
The Biden-Putin Summit Can Kick-Start a Deal on Syria
Only Washington has the carrots and sticks to steer the conflict towards resolution.
Will Biden Blink Over Navalny?
A deadline for sanctions hangs over preparations for Biden’s first meeting with Putin.
With Putin’s Latest Crackdown, Russia Is Going Dark
As it goes full authoritarian, the Kremlin is targeting the last vestiges of civil society and independent media.
Putin Is No Unicorn
“Weak Strongman” argues that to better understand Russia, we need to move past our fixation with its president.
America’s India Problem Is All About Russia
Forget U.S. sanctions over arms deals. Indian-Russian alignment is in Washington’s best interest.
Time to Think About a World Without Putin
The Russian leader is contemplating his mortality—as are his backers.
Will Biden Have to Choose Between U.S. Interests and Human Rights?
A coup in Myanmar and Russia’s sentencing of Alexei Navalny raise questions about whether promoting U.S. values could weaken Washington’s hand when it comes to great-power competition.