Eastern Europe

Dispatch

Russia’s Digital Underground

How the Kremlin is waging war on information freedom.

Andrei Soldatov |

Feature

Gay in the USSR

The forgotten history of gay cruising in Moscow.  

Nora FitzGerald |

Obit Desk

The Wheeler-Dealer

Boris Berezovsky and Russia’s roaring 1990s.

David E. Hoffman |

Dispatch

Xi Pivots to Moscow

What message is China's new leader sending with his first overseas trip?

John Garnaut |

Argument

Phasing Out

Time for Obama to scuttle the plan to shoot down non-existent Iranian ICBMs.

Tom Z. Collina |

Feature

Armenia's California Dream

The unlikely candidate shaking up the country's political establishment.

Emil Sanamyan |

In Box

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Democracy is in retreat. And there's a surprising culprit.

Joshua Kurlantzick |

Argument

Pilgrims and Idiots

How celebrities should handle visits to authoritarian countries in today's world.

Arch Puddington |

In Other Words

The KGB Oscars

In Putin's Russia, it's the spies that are handing out the awards for the year's best movies.

Simon Shuster |

Argument

Nuclear Deference

How Obama can convince Moscow he's not out to ruin Russia.

Dmitri Trenin |

The List

Putin Personality Disorder

Russia's president may like to look tough, but he's weaker than you think.

Fiona Hill |

Argument

Obama Embraces Big Nuke Cuts

Obama and his advisors agree the U.S. needs fewer weapons.

R. JEFFREY SMITH, THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY |

Slide Show

White Russia

Pictures of Moscow's snowiest winter in a century.

Slide Show |

Dispatch

Europe's Hezbollah Problem

In the wake of the Bulgarian bombing investigation, will the European Union finally designate Hezbollah a terrorist group?

Benjamin Weinthal |

Christian Caryl

Martyrs of the Revolution

If history is any guide, today’s assassination in Tunisia could set off a dangerous revolutionary dynamic.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Capitol Indifference

Washington ignores Russia's obsession with America at its own peril.

Dmitri Trenin |

Christian Caryl

The First Lab Results Are In

Democracy Lab is celebrating its first anniversary. Here are some of the things we've learned over the past year -- and where we're headed in year two.

Christian Caryl |

Christian Caryl

What I Learned from Gerard Depardieu

The French actor's case is the exception that proves the rule: Citizenship still matters.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Civil Savant

How Andrew Marshall has shaped our world.

John Arquilla |

Christian Caryl

The Year in Unfreedom

An encouraging number of the world's people voted in 2012. But voting does not a democracy make.

Christian Caryl |

The List

Babies Wanted

A look at the 10 countries with the lowest fertility rates in the world.

Elizabeth F. Ralph |

Dispatch

Poland's Shale Gas Dream

Polish leaders think they've found a path to energy independence, but their high hopes could prove premature.

Dimiter Kenarov |

Rational Security

Shield of the West

If it weren't for Poland, we'd all be speaking Mongolian right now.

John Arquilla |

Christian Caryl

Europe's Pet Dictator

Parts of the old Soviet bloc have moved on. So why is Belarus still mired in despotism?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Star Student

Poland is the classic market economy. But it knows that its future depends on staying close to the European Union.

Jakub Wiśniewski |

Argument

Back to the (Soviet) Future

Dear Vladimir Putin, I'm a human rights activist, not a spy.

Tanya Lokshina |

Dispatch

Off with Their Heads

Has Vladimir Putin lost control of his “corruption crackdown”?

Simon Shuster |

Christian Caryl

Barbarians at the Gate

Are Russia and China trying to take over the Internet? Probably. But so far they aren't having much luck.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The revenge of the Soviet military.

Celeste A. Wallander |

Argument

The Migrant Money Machine

The developed world could make a big difference to the global economy simply by helping migrants to do what comes naturally: send money home.

Peter Passell |