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A Ukrainian soldier walks by a burnt vehicle.
A Ukrainian soldier walks by a burnt vehicle.

Diplomacy Is Still (Just About) Possible in Ukraine

The Black Sea agreement offers a model for off-ramps to escalation.

Russian servicemen gather at Red Square in Moscow.
Russian servicemen gather at Red Square in Moscow.

Russia’s Sending Its Ethnic Minorities to the Meat Grinder

Chaotic mobilization sparks renewed fears that the pain will not be shared evenly across Russia.

Police officers detain demonstrators in St. Petersburg, Russia
Police officers detain demonstrators in St. Petersburg, Russia

How Should the West Respond to Putin’s Military Mobilization?

Doubling down on support for Ukraine could lead to wider conflict—or force the Kremlin to back down.

Soldiers take part in a military exercise at the Adazi military base, north east of Riga, Latvia, on March 8, 2022.
Soldiers take part in a military exercise at the Adazi military base, north east of Riga, Latvia, on March 8, 2022.

The Baltics Hunker Down for the Long Game Against Russia

The Kremlin is down but not out in Ukraine, and the Baltic states want to make sure they’re not next.

Military vehicles belonging to the Russian peacekeeping force move on the road outside Lachin on Nov. 29, 2020, after six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Military vehicles belonging to the Russian peacekeeping force move on the road outside Lachin on Nov. 29, 2020, after six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Putin Is Turning Armenia Into a Russian Outpost

Moscow is losing regional influence—but it's shoring up its position in Yerevan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in the Kremlin in Moscow on Dec. 27, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in the Kremlin in Moscow on Dec. 27, 2018.

Russia Can’t Protect Its Allies Anymore

Moscow is overstretched in Ukraine—and Armenia is suffering the consequences.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on economic issues in Moscow on Feb. 17, 2022.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on economic issues in Moscow on Feb. 17, 2022.

Putin Doubles Down on a Bad Hand With Mobilization

The war in Ukraine is going so bad, he’s willing to risk domestic unrest.

A closeup of Russian President Vladimir Putin
A closeup of Russian President Vladimir Putin

What Russia’s Elites Think of Putin Now

The president successfully preserved the status quo for two decades. Suddenly, he’s turned into a destroyer.

Al-Razami speaks in front of a bank of news microphones. He is flanked by several other men including one in military dress.
Al-Razami speaks in front of a bank of news microphones. He is flanked by several other men including one in military dress.

Are the Houthis Willing to Compromise in Yemen?

The Houthis have a poor track record in negotiations. But giving up on negotiating with them isn’t an option.

Visitors at a former Finnish fortress
Visitors at a former Finnish fortress

Europe Isn’t Bringing the Iron Curtain Down Again

Claims of an East-West split inside the continent are unhelpful.

The Battle of Saratoga, a painting by John Trumbull
The Battle of Saratoga, a painting by John Trumbull

Ukraine’s 1777 Moment

Victory in Kharkiv may be as significant for Ukraine’s independence as the Battle of Saratoga was for America’s.

Leaders of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation member states pose for a family photo during a summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Sept. 16.
Leaders of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation member states pose for a family photo during a summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Sept. 16.

Kazakhstan Is Breaking Out of Russia’s Grip

The Ukraine war has given Astana a unique chance to frustrate Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for a photo before a trilateral meeting on Syria in Tehran on July 19.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for a photo before a trilateral meeting on Syria in Tehran on July 19.

How Ukraine Has Changed Russian Diplomacy

Moscow is shunning legacy platforms for dialogue—and creating its own.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO’s Stoltenberg: Ukraine’s Gains Are ‘Extremely Encouraging’

The trans-Atlantic alliance chief discusses Russia’s war in Ukraine and competing with China.

An archery target featuring the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin
An archery target featuring the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Ukraine Put Putin in the Corner. Here’s What May Happen Next.

Mobilization could be in the cards, escalation is in the air, and Russian nationalists are braying for blood.

A boy walks past destroyed buildings in Ukraine
A boy walks past destroyed buildings in Ukraine

Russia Is Seeding Ukraine’s Soil With Land Mines

Removing mines will be a long and costly operation.

Russian tourists have their passports checked on July 28 at the Nuijamaa border crossing in Finland.
Russian tourists have their passports checked on July 28 at the Nuijamaa border crossing in Finland.

Why the EU Should Ban Russian Tourists

A visa ban won’t have the same impact as military aid to Kyiv, but it would send a strong message to ordinary Russians.

Two people walking on the side walk in Red Square are framed by ears of wheat in the foreground.
Two people walking on the side walk in Red Square are framed by ears of wheat in the foreground.

Every Recent Oil and Food Price Shock Bears Putin’s Fingerprints

Russia is a pivotal actor in global markets—and its president is willing to destabilize them for political gain.

A boy wrapped in the Ukrainian national flag stands on top of a Russian military vehicle displayed in central Kyiv, Ukraine, on Aug. 21.
A boy wrapped in the Ukrainian national flag stands on top of a Russian military vehicle displayed in central Kyiv, Ukraine, on Aug. 21.

The Tide Has Already Turned in Ukraine’s Favor

Military analyst Jack Watling unpacks Kyiv’s lightning offensive against Russian forces.

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