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What’s the Likelihood of Nuclear War?

The Ukraine crisis isn’t as dangerous as the darkest moments of the Cold War, but the potential for mistakes and miscalculations means the risks are still high.

23 March 2022
Uri Friedman

The World Must Avoid Another Food Crisis

It is becoming clear that the Ukraine war’s economic and humanitarian repercussions – especially rising food prices – will be felt far beyond Europe. The international community must act now to prevent some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people from becoming collateral damage.

23 March 2022
Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala

It’s Now Putin’s Plan B in Ukraine vs. Biden’s and Zelensky’s Plan A

After a confusing month, it is now clear what strategies are playing out in Ukraine: We’re watching Vladimir Putin’s plan B versus Joe Biden’s and Volodymyr Zelensky’s plans A. Let us hope that Biden and Zelensky triumph, because Putin’s potential plan C is really scary — and I don’t even want to write what I fear would be his plan D.

20 March 2022
Thomas L. Friedman

How to avoid a new Cold War and focus on what America really needs

What’s needed is a security architecture for a world the United States doesn’t pretend to police — limiting, not intensifying, great power conflict. That would include a revival of arms control, new agreements on limits of force, emphasis on areas such as climate change and pandemics where global cooperation — and particularly cooperation with China — is essential.

15 March 2022
Katrina vanden Heuvel

Ukrainian heritage is under threat – and so is the truth about Soviet-era Russia

Shelling is destroying buildings and art, while archivists scan documents around the clock for fear of Russian ‘archivocide’

15 March 2022
Anna Reid

The Intellectual Catastrophe of Vladimir Putin

The calamity that has taken place has been, then, an intellectual calamity first of all. It is a monstrous failure of the Russian imagination. And the monstrous failure has brought about the very collapse into barbarism and the danger to the ever-fragile Russian state that Putin thought he was trying to avoid.

13 March 2022
Paul Berman

Vladimir Putin and the Risk of World War III

After receiving a green light from Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his war in Ukraine in an effort to reclaim the old Russian empire. But both leaders appear to have misjudged the situation, raising the prospect of a global catastrophe – unless they are removed from power.

11 March 2022
George Soros

Nothing Scares Putin More Than Informed Russians

The Russian anti-war movement is powered by information, so Putin is attacking independent media.

10 March 2022
John Nichols

China’s Ukraine Dilemma

While Beijing has declined to condemn Russia, the government has little interest in sticking its neck out for Putin.

9 March 2022
Han Zhang

How the Putin Shock Might Affect the World Economy

Overall, the Russian shock to the world economy will be nasty, but probably not all that nasty. If Putin imagines that he can hold the world to ransom, well, that’s probably yet another fatal miscalculation.

8 March 2022
Paul Krugman
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