Russia-Ukraine Crisis

How Moscow, Washington, Kyiv, and Brussels are preparing for the possibility of war.

Shadow Government

A front-row seat to the Republicans’ debate over foreign policy, including their critique of the Biden administration.

In Focus: Will Russia Attack Ukraine?

The Territorial Defense Forces, the military reserve of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, holding replicas of Kalashnikov rifles, take part in a military exercise near Kyiv on Dec. 25.

How Russia Decides When to Invade

Past attacks suggest Moscow probably won’t move on Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds his annual press conference in Moscow.

What’s Behind Russia’s Latest Demands

Moscow has long chafed at Ukraine’s relationship with the West, so why the sudden urgency?

Finnish troops wear gas masks in 1939.

What Ukraine Can Learn From Finland

In December 1939, a small country with a small military held off the Soviet Red Army.

A Ukrainian soldier patrols at the checkpoint.

The West Must Deter Russia or Accept Defeat

Putin hasn’t set his sights on just Ukraine. Further destabilization of Georgia is next on his agenda.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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Why the U.S. Military Isn’t Ready for Civil War

A significant portion of Americans seek the destruction of political authority. What if they succeed?

Party Animals

New books assessing democracy suggest how to fix things—but it’s complicated.

The Good, the Bad, and the Bimyou

Neither yes nor no, this idea can take you far in Japanese politics.

Long Reads

The U.S. Cavalry, outside of the Great Wall of China

When America Invaded China

The Boxer Rebellion still shapes Beijing’s attitude toward the United States.

Mario Mario Draghi speaks at a press conference in Frankfurt.

Mario Draghi Doesn’t Have ‘Whatever It Takes’ Anymore

Whether as Italy’s prime minister or its president, he may not have the solution to Italy’s problems.

The sun shines in a hazy sky over mechanical equipment at Tanjung Priok sea port.

The Climate Conversation No One Wants

It’s time to talk about managing the world’s likely overshoot beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Valérie Pécresse gives a talk at a Paris high school.

France’s Iron Lady

Can Valérie Pécresse reunite the right and defeat French President Emmanuel Macron?

The World's Railways

A freight train transporting containers laden with goods from the UK, departs from DP World London Gateway's rail freight depot in Corringham, east of London, on April 10, 2017, enroute to Yiwu in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang.
The first-ever freight train from Britain to China started its mammoth journey on Monday along a modern-day "Silk Road" trade route as Britain eyes new opportunities after it leaves the European Union. The 32-container train, around 600 metres (656 yards) long, left the vast London Gateway container port laden with whisky, soft drinks and baby products, bound for Yiwu on the east coast of China. / AFP PHOTO / Isabel Infantes        (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Continent-Spanning Trains Are Running Half-Empty

Beijing is funding dozens of new rail routes as part of its global ambitions — and losing money on every one. So what’s the long game?

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The Midnight Train to Moscow

Riding the rails to Russia with the migrant workers of Central Asia.

The RTV 31 hovercraft train in Peterborough, England, on Jan. 25.

A Train to Nowhere

Hovertrains were meant to revolutionize British transport. But they never arrived.

Indian laborers work at the construction site of a bridge for the new railway in Janakpur on June 14, 2017.

China and India Are Fighting Over Nepal’s Railways

The mountain state has just 18 miles of track. Beijing and New Delhi are keen to change that.

visual stories

A pro-democracy protester is detained by riot police

50 Photos That Defined Foreign Policy in 2021

The desperate crossed rivers seeking asylum. The hopeful stood in lines waiting for vaccines. And countries from Afghanistan to the United States experienced unrest that changed the course of history.

Men walk near the Torkham border crossing.

Afghan Refugees Get Cold Welcome in Pakistan

The Taliban takeover has pushed many Afghans over the border and into another kind of limbo.