Eastern Europe

Report

Too Much, Too Soon

The International Monetary Fund is giving billions of dollars to Ukraine's cash-strapped government. Will that make the country's new rulers even weaker?

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

The Big Chill

The United States and its allies have imposed stinging sanctions on Russia. To make them work, they need to hold fast.

William B. Taylor |

Argument

Russia's Window of Opportunity in Ukraine

If Putin wants to make a grab for Ukraine's east and south, he'll need to move soon.

Pavel Felgenhauer |

Putinology

Worlds Apart

Russians are celebrating Crimea's return. The West is bent on punishing Moscow. And Ukrainians are feeling more besieged than ever.

Anna Nemtsova |

Report

Slow Burn

Western sanctions aren't having an immediate impact on Russia, but they could gradually make Moscow's economic woes much worse.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

A Culture of Fear, Made in Russia

Ukraine has a lingering human rights predicament -- but an even grimmer one awaits Crimea.

Salil Shetty |

Argument

Self-Determination in the Age of Putin

Does Crimea have the right to join Russia? The answer isn't as clear as Moscow’s critics or its defenders think.

Brad Simpson |

Feature

Take Me Home, Mother Russia

10 places that would welcome a Putin landgrab, and 10 parts of Russia that want the hell out.

Frank Jacobs |

Argument

Putin's Ghost Under the Bed

Meet Moscow's favorite bogeyman -- the accused Nazi collaborator who led the fight for Ukrainian independence.

Alexander J. Motyl |

Report

Clean Slate?

Russia's annexation of Crimea could wipe away billions of dollars of Ukrainian debt.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Yes, There Are Bad Guys in the Ukrainian Government

It's time for a frank conversation about some of the unsavory characters in Kiev.

Andrew Foxall |

Argument

Where's NATO's Strong Response to Russia's Invasion of Crimea?

Why action -- not activity -- is the only way to put the brakes on Moscow.

Kurt Volker |

Argument

What Would Ike Do?

Why President Obama doesn't understand Eisenhower's lessons of war, pushback, and how to deal with thuggish regimes.

James Jeffrey |

Slide Show

Even 'Sham' Secessions Have Real Voters

Intimate images from Crimea of a referendum deemed illegitimate.

Boryana Katsarova |

Argument

Don't Poke the Russian Bear

Putin is a bully but he’s not insane, and escalating a conflict with Moscow can only make things worse.

Gordon Adams |

Dispatch

Watching Gogol in Simferopol

Life imitates art in Crimea, where nothing seems real anymore except the tears and the vodka.

Dimiter Kenarov |

Dispatch

'All We Can Do Is Try to Defend Our Families'

Behind enemy lines, the motley Tatar self-defense units of Crimea anxiously patrol a homeland they fear will be ripped from them once again.

Dimiter Kenarov |

COLUMN

Pot, Meet Kettle

While Washington was bashing Russia at the U.N. for violating international law, it was facing similar criticisms of its own legal record.

David Bosco |

Argument

Avoiding Srebrenica Redux

Twenty years ago, the United States and Europe failed the people of Bosnia. Here's how they can do better this time in Ukraine.

Paul Hockenos |

Dispatch

Republic of Fear

Welcome to the Orwellian world of pre-referendum Crimea.

Askold Krushelnycky |

Argument

Chicken Kiev

Will Russia risk an all-out invasion of Ukraine?

Andrew S. Bowen |

Argument

From Chess Player to Barroom Brawler

There's increasing evidence that Vladimir Putin is dangerously drunk on power -- and reckless.

Mark Galeotti |

Argument

Who Lost Europe?

How the standoff in Ukraine could split NATO and kill the Asia pivot.

Jeffrey Mankoff |

Christian Caryl

Dropping the Political F-Bomb

Nowadays, it seems, everyone's a fascist. Here's a handy guide to identifying the real thing.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Katelyn Fossett |

Report

Cutting Off Your Nose

Making Russia an enemy in the fight against criminal finance could be costly.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Why Ukraine Should Risk It All

Forget Crimea. Kiev needs to hold a referendum on secession in all its southeastern provinces.

Alexander Motyl |

Argument

In the Battle for Crimea, China Wins

How Beijing stands to gain from Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Geoff Dyer |

Putinology

A Russian Dissident Tries to Build Bridges to Ukraine

Ex-prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky visited Kiev this week. But are Ukrainians ready to trust a prominent Russian -- even if he is Putin's foe?

Anna Nemtsova |