Eastern Europe

Putinology

Patriotism and the Olympics

Why taking the wrong stand on the Olympics can get you accused of being a traitor to the nation.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

The Young and the Restless

Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Letting Syria Starve While Sochi Shines

While Putin basks in the Olympic glow, Russia obstinately blocks aid to Syrian civilians in desperate need.

Mark Malloch-Brown |

Report

The Geopolitics of Gas Exports

Why lawmakers from both parties, and plenty of countries overseas, are desperate to speed up U.S. energy exports

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

Bosnia Burning

Is the war-traumatized, fractured, and corrupt Balkan state finally experiencing a political revolution?    

Harriet Salem |

Argument

New Kid on the Block

Can the European Union prove a success at exporting democracy?

Cristina Odone |

Slide Show

The Other Sochi

Images of the seaside spa town cherished by generations of Russians. Will it survive the Olympics?

Mikhail Mordasov |

Christian Caryl

Snow Blind

When Americans look at Russia, they see what they want to see. And that's dangerous.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

A Nice Idea While It Lasted

With the administration's Russia engagment policy in shambles, Amb. Mike McFaul heads for home.

James Traub |

Argument

Ukraine's False Choice

There are no winners in the geopolitical tug of war between Russia and the West.

Samuel Charap |

Putinology

The Sochi That We've Lost

Most visitors to the Winter Olympics will only see the giant stadiums and overpriced hotels. But some Russians are mourning the lost paradise of childhood.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Streetfighting Men

Is Ukraine’s government bankrolling a secret army of Adidas-clad thugs?

Harriet Salem |

Argument

Throwing Their Weight Around

President Yanukovych is losing his support among Ukraine's oligarchs -- and that could be the key to his fate.

Sergii Leshchenko |

Argument

No More Mr. Nice Guy

The sad end of Ambassador Michael McFaul's troubled tenure in Moscow.

Michael Weiss |

Putinology

Sochi's Bitter Medicine

Why the controversy around the Sochi Olympics could turn out to be a good thing for Russia.

Miriam Lanskoy |

Argument

It’s Not About Trust

Why Russia's missile mischief shows that the United States needs to think differently about arms control.

Elbridge Colby |

Christian Caryl

How to Solve the Crisis in Ukraine

The conflict between Ukraine’s opposition and the president is escalating. But there’s room for a possible compromise.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

No Exit

Ukraine's government started the crisis. The opposition needs a strategy for ending it.

Gavin Weise |

Dispatch

Mercury Rising

Can opposition leaders contain protest violence in Ukraine—or is the country headed for “prolonged guerrilla warfare”?

Harriet Salem |

Argument

Ukraine's Public Enemy Number One: The Police

Why Ukraine's brutal riot police are one of the biggest obstacles on the path to reform.

Erica Marat |

Putinology

'The Terrorist We'd Like To Forget'

Why the past is not popular in today's Chechnya.

Anna Nemtsova |

Report

The Frenzy

Why is Western Europe hysterical over a swarm of criminal, scrounging immigrants that doesn’t actually exist?

Harriet Salem |

Report

Media That Moves Millions

Social media may be protesters' favorite weapon, but new research on Syria's revolution shows it can do as much harm as good.

Sheldon Himelfarb |

Putinology

Wooing Russia's Twitterati

How the U.S. ambassador in Moscow is using social media to get his message out.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Why Putin’s Defense of “Traditional Values” Is Really a War on Freedom

The sensible way to fight back against Russia's anti-gay campaign.

James Kirchick |

Argument

Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.

Ken Roth |

Putinology

Putin’s Mediterranean Move

The race is on to exploit off-shore energy around Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Cyprus -- and Moscow is crashing the party.

Keith Johnson |

Interview

'We Must Topple the Whole System'

Foreign Policy talks to boxing legend and Ukrainian opposition figure Vitali Klitschko about the "Euromaidan" protests and his country's political future.

Harriet Salem |

Putinology

Putin's Knack for Surprise

Behind Putin's sudden release of former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Anna Nemtsova |

Terms of Engagement

The Autocrat's Emergency Bailout Fund

Are billions of dollars from Russia and the Gulf really worse than Western assistance?

James Traub |