Russia

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 |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: A runoff likely, but election a signal of smoother relations

Hagel to send destroyers to Asia; Today he's in Beijing; Reciprocation problems with China; LT says: "your soldiers will amaze you;" and a bit more.  

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Argument

War Is Coming

Why there is no appeasing Russia's mad king.

Mikheil Saakashvili |

Putinology

Ukraine's Unfinished Revolution

Radical nationalists want to continue the revolution that toppled Yanukovych. But they're probably just making matters worse.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Worry, but Wait

American fears of Russian and Chinese aggression are growing, but they'd still rather Washington not get too involved.

Bruce Stokes |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Russian troops pull back but what does it mean?

Hagel is wheels up for Hawaii, Asia; Hagel: who thinks tobacco is still healthy?; SitRep reaches 100,000 readers; George Little gets a promotion; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

COLUMN

Who Speaks for Crimea's Tatars?

FP talks to Mustapha Dzhemilev about his besieged people and bizarre conversation with Vladimir Putin.

Michael Weiss |

Argument

When Sanctions Aren't Enough

If NATO wants to stanch Russian adventurism in Eastern Europe, it needs a comprehensive security plan (and fast).

William B. Taylor |

Argument

Fracking's Known Unknowns

If the United States is going to help Western allies neutralize Russia's energy stranglehold, it needs to get to the root of why so many people fear fracking.

Kate Galbraith |

Argument

The Russians Are Coming

10 very good reasons not to believe Vladimir Putin when he says he's totally not going to invade eastern Ukraine.

Michael Weiss |

COLUMN

The Enemy We've Been Waiting For

Vladimir Putin could be the perfect gift to an American president desperately in need of a foe.

James Traub |

Dept Of Secrets

Vladimir Channels the Gipper

Putin's rationale for invading Crimea sounds a lot like Reagan's for invading Grenada.

Nate Jones |

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 |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Militants in Syria raise Western fears

Hagel hires an ethics officer; Sub exercises in the Arctic; The North goes ballistic; Snowden scores; Taliban victories overrated; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Madman in the White House

Why looking crazy can be an asset when you’re staring down the Russians.

James Rosen |

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 |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: U.S. to open spigot of assistance to Syria

A shooting in Norfolk; Why the malware market is thriving; The challenge of finding the black box; Will Sinclair retire as a one-star?; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

COLUMN

The Ukes and Their Nukes

Why the Bomb wouldn't have helped Kiev protect Crimea from Russia.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

Putin's Legalism

Why did Moscow take such careful steps to ensure its annexation of Crimea didn’t break Russian law?

Katie Engelhart |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Syria blocks aid

Chances of war in Ukraine grow; A scramble for intel; Vets storm the Hill today; More troops to get Kony; Sardar Ahmad's final story: about a lion on a roof; and a bit more.  

Gordon Lubold |

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 |

COLUMN

Burning Bridges and the Smell of Fresh Blood

Vladimir Putin says he doesn’t "need" eastern Ukraine, but it just might make sense for him to take it anyway.

James Traub |

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 |

COLUMN

Tupac in the Kremlin

How the martyred king of gangsta rap, a bisexual LSD-touting beat poet, and a reclusive alcoholic painter inspire a Moscow apparatchik.

Whitney Kassel |

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

From Détente to Meltdown

Will Russian adventurism in Crimea blow up the P5+1 nuclear talks? Iran's hard-liners sure hope so.

Daniel Brumberg |