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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…

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…

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’

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…

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…

Nothing Scares Putin More Than Informed Russians

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

China’s Ukraine Dilemma

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

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…

The Strategy That Can Defeat Putin

The U.S.-led coalition of liberal-democratic states should pursue three objectives. Vigorous and imaginative military support to Ukrainian regular and irregular forces; sanctions that will hobble the…

Why Sanctions Too Often Fail

The West has mobilized vast economic weaponry against Russia. But sanctions do not always produce meaningful or timely change.