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Tell us how you think U.S. engagement with Russia should change to best improve global security.

A member of a local election commission prepares a polling station ahead of elections in Moscow on Sept. 6.

Russia’s Future Is Still in the Hands of Putin’s Cronies

The president’s allies are starting to express discontent. They’ll stick with him for now, but a change could be coming.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin watches an air show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on Aug. 17, 2011.

There’s a New Player Leading the Kremlin’s Moves Abroad: the Russian Army

Investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov talks about why the Kremlin’s brazen actions on foreign soil are about what’s going on back in Russia.

Syrians gather amidst destruction in Zardana, in the mostly rebel-held northern Syrian Idlib province, in the aftermath of air strikes in the area late on June 8, 2018.

The U.N. Helps Syria Bomb the Opposition

A United Nations program passes on rebel coordinates to Russia. Its bombs do the rest.

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the launch of a missile during military exercises in the Barents Sea aboard the Pyotr Veliky nuclear missile cruiser on Aug. 17, 2005.

A Mysterious Explosion Took Place in Russia. What Really Happened?

Russia’s catastrophic test of a nuclear-powered missile proves that a new global arms race will mean new nuclear accidents.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen in front of a map at his country residence of Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow on Jan. 10, 2006.

There’s More to Russia Than Putin

How the country’s governors will shape its future.

Moshe Reuven Azman, the chief rabbi of Ukraine and Kiev, walks inside a synagogue in central Kiev on Apr. 22.

Russian Disinformation Distorted Reality in Ukraine. Americans Should Take Note.

Putin’s propaganda portrayed Ukraine as a fascist state filled with anti-Semites. Despite Ukrainians’ election of a Jewish president, the image has stuck.

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G-20 leaders summit in Osaka on June 29.

Trump Can’t Stop Putin From Poaching U.S. Allies

The United States failed to stop Russia’s S-400 sale to Turkey despite having the tools to do so. Don’t be surprised if the Kremlin continues to use arms sales to extend its influence.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2018.

Putin’s Not Ready to Call It Quits

From annexing Belarus to reforming the constitution, speculation about how the Russian president will stay in power is rife. The question is whether any of the gambits will work.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, tour the Kremlin in Moscow on June 5.

Xi and Putin, Best Friends Forever?

A transcript of the two leaders’ remarks in Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during the awarding ceremony of the Order of Parental Glory at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow on May 30.

Pentagon Wary of Russia-Iran Cooperation

Top Defense Department official warns Middle East allies that Moscow is not a reliable partner.

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet in Moscow on May 8.

Trump Is Driving Iran into Russia’s Arms

U.S. sanctions won’t necessarily isolate Tehran. They could spur new strategic alliances.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin watches an air show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on Aug. 17, 2011.

Spooks in the Kremlin

The dangers of Putin’s unhealthy reliance on Russian intelligence.

A pro-European Union demonstrator holds a placard bearing an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin in central London on June 11, 2018. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty)

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.

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu points to photos of Likud party members as he delivers a speech during the launch of the Likud party election campaign in Ramat Gan, Israel, on March 4. (Amir Levy/Getty Images)

5 Factors That Will Make or Break Bibi’s Re-Election Chances

The Israeli leader is vying for a fifth term amid corruption allegations.

A Ukrainian soldier stands guard aboard the military vessel "Dondass" moored in Mariupol, the Sea of Azov port on Nov. 27, 2018, after three Ukrainian navy vessels were forcibly seized off the coast of Crimea by Russian forces.

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.

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