Eastern Europe

Dispatch

Can Radek Sikorski Save Europe?

Meet the Oxford-educated Polish foreign minister fighting to get a wishy-washy continent to stand up to Russia.

Michael Weiss |

Putinology

Who Will Be the President of Novorossiya?

A power struggle has broken out among pro-Russian leaders in Ukraine: They're fighting for control of a country that doesn't exist yet.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

Get Real, Nick Kristof

Happy talk isn't going to help Ukraine and Moldova deter Vladimir Putin.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Kicking Putin off the Island

Russia after Putin doesn't need to be Putinist, and driving a wedge between the craven president and his inner circle is the first step.

Andrew Foxall |

Report

U.S. Sanctions on Russia Don't Nail Energy Sector

The Obama administration's incremental approach to sanctions designates key individuals, but leaves the commanding heights of the Russian economy untouched.

Keith Johnson |

Report

U.S. Sanctions More Russians

Washington blacklists more Russian officials, companies over Ukraine.

Dan Lamothe |

Interview

'What Is Happening in Ukraine Is Dangerous for Russia'

Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko on what his country really needs from the West and why Putin's politics just don't make sense.

David Patrikarakos |

Argument

An Intercontinental Ballistic Missile by any Other Name

Has Russia broken its pledge not to test medium-range nukes? The answer isn't as clear as you might think.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

The Kremlin's Faux 'Freedom Fighters'

Russia denies that it's meddling in Ukraine. But the pro-Russian forces out there don't always hide their links to Moscow.

Andrew Foxall |

Argument

When One Door Closes...

Could a surprising gift of disputed Russian islands to Japan end up pulling Tokyo away from Washington?

Sergey Radchenko |

Dispatch

Lay Down Your Weapons

While facing off with Russia, Ukraine’s new government is also struggling to disarm militias in Kiev. If it can’t, will new violence erupt?

Katie Engelhart |

Christian Caryl

Novorossiya Is Back From the Dead

Why Vladimir Putin's casual use of a forgotten geographical term has ominous implications.

Christian Caryl |

COLUMN

Vladimir Putin's Terrific, Triumphant, All Good, Totally Badass Year

Try and tell me the Russian president isn't winning … for now.

David Rothkopf |

Report

Europe's Nuclear Option

For all the worries about Russia's energy stranglehold over Europe, the continent is still looking to Moscow for nuclear reactors.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

The Siege of Sloviansk

Inside a brewing insurgency as Ukraine sends in the tanks to quell unrest in its chaotic East.

David Patrikarakos |

Argument

Beware of the Pax Mafioso

Corruption plagues many democracies, emerging or otherwise. Here are a few tips for those who want to fight back.

Kristen Sample |

Report

Just Stopping By

CIA Director John Brennan made a surprise visit to Kiev amid threats of further sanctions against Russia.

John Hudson |

Argument

Will Putin Fall Victim to One of History’s Classic Blunders?

From Napoleon to Bush, there's good precedent on why it's a bad idea for Russia to invade eastern Ukraine.

David C. Gompert |

Christian Caryl

Imagining Invasion on Vladimir Putin's Doorstep

Life was already hard enough for Ukrainians. But now they also have to worry about a Russian army on the march.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

On the Barricades of Luhansk

The armed Russian protesters in Eastern Ukraine aren’t leaving any time soon -- and that could lead to war.

David Patrikarakos |

Report

Risky Business

Amid political uncertainty in Russia, insurance companies are finding a niche.

Jamila Trindle |

COLUMN

The Seven Lessons of Counterinsurgency 101 in Ukraine

How to fend off the Russians, in seven simple steps.

James Stavridis |

Argument

How to Beat a Russian Occupation with Flash Mobs

Why nonviolent resistance might be the best hope for thwarting Putin's adventurism in eastern Ukraine.

Maria Stephan |

Argument

Russia Is an Arsonist, Pretending to Be a Fire Safety Inspector

The Moscow playbook: predict chaos in Ukraine, then unleash it.

Michael Weiss |

Report

Putin Aims His Energy Weapon At Ukraine

Moscow is jacking up gas prices to cow Kiev and scare Europe. It may not work this time.

Keith Johnson |

Putinology

Life for Russia's Liberals Just Got a Whole Lot Worse

Moscow's annexation of Crimea is fueling a surge of "patriotism" -- and a new sense of claustrophobia.

Anna Nemtsova |

Report

Agents Provocateurs and the Shadow War in Eastern Ukraine

The war of words between Moscow and Washington over who's running covert ops on the ground.

John Hudson |

COLUMN

You Can't Beat Putin, Because He's Already Won

A game theory guide to understanding the cynical genius of Russia’s president.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Seriously, What Did You Expect Russia to Do?

The view from Moscow and why the United States needs to reset its relations with the Kremlin, immediately.

Edward Lozansky |

Argument

At Moscow's Mercy

By pledging not to use force outside NATO territory, Obama might as well have given Putin a free pass to annex more territory.

Mario Loyola |