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Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden meet for the U.S.-Russian summit in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16, 2021.

Biden Must Do Better Than Obama on Ukraine

Russia’s 2014 invasion distracted Washington and delayed the Asia pivot—something the West cannot afford to repeat.

An activist wrapped in Ukraine's flag stands outside the White House during an anti-Putin protest on March 12, 2014 in Washington.

Is Defending Ukraine Vital to U.S. Security?

As Putin prepares to invade, Washington and its allies still appear undecided on whether Kyiv is worth fighting for.

General view of Burj Khalifa during sunset on January 3, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Middle East’s Conflicts Aren’t Done With the Emirates

Just when the United Arab Emirates thought it was done with focusing on foreign policy, they’re getting pulled back in.

A Ukrainian military serviceman walks near the front line.

Why Is Putin Acting Now?

Multiple factors are driving Russia’s escalation against Ukraine.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet during the U.S.-Russia summit in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16, 2021.

Biden Ponders the Sanctions Doomsday Device

Washington has created and tested a powerful toolkit of sanctions—but never applied them at scale.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks in Moscow.

Putin’s Calculus Over Ukraine

The Russian leader risks huge casualties and painful sanctions if he invades, but he’s left himself little room to de-escalate.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed watches an inaugural parade.

How Abiy Ahmed Betrayed Oromia and Endangered Ethiopia

A former government official recounts how the prime minister’s failed reform agenda paved the way for war in Tigray.

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Stop Panicking About Ukraine—and Putin

Russia has its own limits and logic that make war unlikely.

Yemenis inspect damage following overnight air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting the Houthi rebel-held capital Sanaa on Jan. 18. The air strikes were retaliation for a deadly Jan. 17 Houthi attack against Abu Dhabi.

Yemen Has Become an Iranian Proxy War Against Israel

The United Arab Emirates faces a militant consequence of the Abraham Accords.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen attend a news briefing following the Ukraine-EU summit in Kiev on Oct. 12, 2021.

The West Fell Into Putin’s Trap

Even if Russia never invades Ukraine, it is accomplishing one of its major goals in Europe.

Wheat harvest in Ukraine

A Russia-Ukraine War Could Ripple Across Africa and Asia

Beware of food price spikes and revolutions if Ukrainian grain deliveries are disrupted.

Ukrainian servicemen taking part in the armed conflict with Russia-backed separatists in Donetsk region of the country attend the handover ceremony of military heavy weapons and equipment in Kiev on November 15, 2018.

The West’s Weapons Won’t Make Any Difference to Ukraine

U.S. military equipment wouldn’t realistically help Ukrainians—or intimidate Putin.

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What Do You Want To Know About The Ukraine Crisis?

A space for subscribers to submit questions to our team of reporters and experts.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart, Aleksandr Lukashenko, hold a press conference in Moscow.

Russia May Send Troops to Belarus Soon

Minsk is cautious of being used as a staging ground for an attack on Ukraine.

People protest energy price hikes in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan’s Unrest Leaves Behind a Traumatized Society

Overloaded hospitals are struggling amid a coronavirus spike.

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What Does Putin Really Want?

This week on the show: Two Russia experts on Moscow’s Ukraine gambit.

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