Diplomacy Is Still (Just About) Possible in Ukraine
The Black Sea agreement offers a model for off-ramps to escalation.
How Should the West Respond to Putin’s Military Mobilization?
Doubling down on support for Ukraine could lead to wider conflict—or force the Kremlin to back down.
Catalan President: Now Is Not the Time for a Unilateral Independence Vote
Pere Aragonès discusses negotiations with Madrid, Catalan views on NATO, and prospects for a future referendum.
Britain’s Golden Era With China Is Well and Truly Dead
Liz Truss’s administration is the nail in the coffin for friendly ties with Beijing.
NATO’s Stoltenberg: Ukraine’s Gains Are ‘Extremely Encouraging’
The trans-Atlantic alliance chief discusses Russia’s war in Ukraine and competing with China.
The Left’s Negative Campaigning Helped the Right Win in Sweden
A U.S.-style smear campaign suggesting that all conservatives condone fascism doomed the Social Democrats.
Ukraine Put Putin in the Corner. Here’s What May Happen Next.
Mobilization could be in the cards, escalation is in the air, and Russian nationalists are braying for blood.
Can the Commonwealth Outlive Its Greatest Champion?
Queen Elizabeth II’s passing comes amid a moment of reckoning for Britain’s colonial past.
Moscow’s Gas Freeze Shows EU-Russian Trade Is Doomed
Russia is limiting supply in the hope of a short-term price rise.
Queen Elizabeth II Wasn’t Innocent of Her Empire’s Sins
The late queen incarnated and ably helped sell her nation and its system while never criticizing or apologizing for its past.
Putin Has a New Opposition—and It’s Furious at Defeat in Ukraine
Right-wing nationalists are spreading a dangerous “stab-in-the-back” myth to explain Russia’s crushing defeats.
What Does Biden’s Confrontational Speech Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy?
Framing geopolitics in terms of democracy and autocracy won’t necessarily help bring peace.
‘They Are Pushing Everywhere’: Kyiv Goes on the Offensive
Ukraine may have achieved its biggest breakthrough of the war.
Scholz and Macron Have a Perilous Ambition for Europe
The idea of “European strategic autonomy” just won’t go away.
Queen Elizabeth II Was a Pillar of Stability in Tumultuous Times
Her successor will need to adapt while also protecting the age-old magic of the monarchy.
In Russia, America’s Last Man Standing Stands Down
John Sullivan had a front-row seat to a historic low point in U.S.-Russia relations, and he did it with a skeleton crew of diplomats.
War-Torn Ukraine Is Also an HIV and Tuberculosis Hot Spot
But thanks to community-led health efforts, Ukrainians are winning the fight against these infectious diseases.
The Undignified Fall of Russia’s Once-Dignified Diplomatic Corps
Russian diplomats were once viewed with begrudging respect in the West. Now they’re seen as irrelevant mouthpieces for Putin’s war in Ukraine.
You Have No Idea How Bad Europe’s Energy Crisis Is
Natural gas prices are 10 times the usual—upending industries, angering consumers, and panicking politicians.
Energy Is Pulling Bulgaria Back Into Russia’s Orbit
After a break with Moscow, the new caretaker government in Sofia is poised to realign with the Kremlin by signing a new contract with Gazprom.
Meet the Bosnian Youth Trying to Hold Their Country Together
Postwar Bosnia remains deeply divided. These young people are trying to change that.
Technology Controls Can Strangle Russia—Just Like the Soviet Union
Export restrictions are slow and imperfect, but they work.
Kremlin Claims Monkeypox Could Be a Secret U.S. Bioweapon
Washington needs to stop being a pushover in the global info war.
How Countries Use Food to Win Friends and Influence People
Gastrodiplomacy has gone mainstream.
Ukrainians Brace for the Worst Around Zaporizhzhia
Fears are rising that Russia could stage a catastrophic accident at Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant.
Boris Johnson Leaves Behind a Toxic Legacy in Scotland
The next British prime minister will inherit an intractable constitutional stalemate.
Italy Is Leading the World in Seizing Oligarchs’ Assets
The Guardia di Finanza acted quickly to confiscate Russian-owned property on Italian territory. Other nations should learn from the force.
Protect Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Before It’s Too Late
The Additional Protocol I to the 1949 Geneva Convention offers a model, but the United States can’t denounce Russia until it embraces the norms it’s seeking to enforce.
The Commonwealth Games Throw Down the Gauntlet on LGBTQ Rights
Anti-gay laws may block countries from hosting.
Will an Attack on Crimea Change the Course of the Ukraine War?
Kyiv has shown that it can hit far behind enemy lines, but putting Crimea in play may deal a psychological blow without altering the territorial endgame.
Russia’s Brutal Honesty Has Destroyed the West’s Appeasers
Yet plenty of Western intellectuals and politicians still ignore what Moscow is saying loud and clear.
Turkey Is the Biggest Swing Player in the Russia-Ukraine War
Ankara has used its unique position for a strategic advantage.
Will the Ukraine War Return Poland to Europe’s Democratic Fold?
Europe and Poland need each other more than ever.
Liz Truss Is Ready to Flex London’s Muscles Abroad
Britain’s likely next prime minister is a foreign-policy hard-liner.
Italy’s Snap Election Could Hand Putin the Win He Needs
Outspoken supporters of Russia are likely to play key roles in the next government.
Georgia’s Ruling Party Is Tanking Its Own NATO Bid
Accusing the U.S. ambassador of blackmail is just the start.
Germany Has Confronted Its Past. Now It Must Confront the Present.
Accepting—or rejecting—historical guilt for past evils doesn’t absolve nations of present-day responsibility.
Militarizing the Sahel Won’t Make Europe More Secure
The EU’s obsession with security in the Sahel is a reflection of its own anxieties—and a betrayal of its values.
Ukraine’s Economy Will Collapse Without More Aid Now
Losses are building up far faster than Kyiv can manage.
Will a New War Crash Europe’s Azerbaijani Gas Dreams?
Europe needs a serious Azerbaijan policy—and needs it fast.
Ukraine’s Battle for Kherson Could Be a Key Victory
Zelensky has pledged to liberate occupied territory.
Ukraine’s Breadbasket Is (Almost) Open for Business Again
But the devil is in the details, including how ships can navigate offshore minefields and Russia’s shifting will.
Carbon Pricing Isn’t Enough to Mitigate Climate Change
The deadly heat wave in Europe this month should provide an impetus for more aggressive state action on emissions.
Germany’s Economy Is Carried on the Rhine’s Shrinking Back
Rivers are critical to transportation—and drying up as the climate shifts.
NATO Is a Luxury Good the United States Doesn’t Need
Europe is capable of defending itself.
Opening Up Ukraine’s Sea Routes Is Tough but Critical
With ports cut off, the world is going hungry.
IEA Chief: Europe Has to Cut Gas Use or Face Brutal Winter
Fatih Birol spoke with FP about the current energy crisis, Russia’s use of the energy weapon, and why the 1970s aren’t quite back.
Can This Brussels Neighborhood Shake Its Jihadi Reputation?
Molenbeek was labeled a hub of European extremism. Seven years later, with drug trafficking rising, alienated residents want to change the narrative.
Boris Johnson’s Fall Gives Brexit a Chance to Succeed
Rather than kowtow to the anti-EU right, the next Conservative leader should return to Theresa May’s pragmatic vision of Brexit—or risk electoral obliteration in 2024.
Russia Is Taking Advantage of the Invasion-Stirred Migration Crisis
As food problems worsen, new refugees head for Europe.
The NATO-Russia Founding Act Is Hanging by a Thread
Moscow has torn up the rulebook, but Western officials are paying lip service to the 1990s-era deal.
Biden’s Push for Lower Energy Prices Amounts to a ‘Declaration of Bankruptcy’
FP columnist Adam Tooze discusses how fluctuating oil and gas prices are changing the world as we know it.
Will British Security Policy Take a New Turn After Boris Johnson?
London is Europe’s defense heavyweight and Ukraine’s stalwart supporter. For now, that’s the consensus.
Europe’s Tiny Steps Won’t Solve Its Energy Emergency
The bad policies that created the crisis are still in place.
With Finland and Sweden in NATO, the U.S. Can Finally Pivot to the Pacific
Washington has a golden opportunity to finally do less in Europe.
Europe’s Worst Energy Nightmare Is Becoming Reality
Russian outages and record-high prices threaten a “winter of discontent.”
The Virulent Nationalism That Led to Srebrenica Is Back in Bosnia
And Russian President Vladimir Putin is eager to exploit it.
NATO’s New Division of Labor on Russia and China Won’t Be Easy
The bloc’s formal designation of Beijing as a threat is just a first step. Now comes the hard part.
The Road to a Cease-Fire in Ukraine Is Full of Pitfalls
Any deal must not repeat the fatal flaws of the Minsk agreements, which laid the path to the current war.
Can Military Tories Save Britain’s Conservative Party?
The U.K. would be wise to turn to them for their defense experience and serious policy expertise—not out of hope for a military messiah.
How to Equip Ukraine to Break the Black Sea Blockade
Russia’s grain blockade is a global catastrophe. It can be broken without NATO intervention.
Why America’s Far Right and Far Left Have Aligned Against Helping Ukraine
The discourse surrounding Russia’s war on Ukraine has created strange bedfellows.
Sen. Coons: Putin Is ‘Counting on Us Losing Interest’ in Ukraine War
One of the leading voices on the Senate foreign affairs panel weighs in on the conflict, Turkey’s change of heart, and NATO’s turn to Asia.
Canada Bulks Up Diplomatic Footprint in Europe in Wake of Ukraine War
Leaning forward—from the foreign ministry.
Britain’s Rwanda Deportation Policy Is a Cruel, Expensive Failure
Boris Johnson’s offshoring of asylum-seekers won’t stop the human smuggling trade—or deter people fleeing tyranny who are intent on reaching Britain.
The Ukraine War Is Dividing Europe’s Arctic Indigenous People
It has driven a wedge between Sámi in Russia and those in Nordic countries.
From Pushkin to Putin: Russian Literature’s Imperial Ideology
Russian classical literature, chock full of dehumanizing nationalism, reads disturbingly familiar today.
Here’s How to Help Ukraine Handle Putin’s Food Blockade
Creative storage and transport of the new harvest can undercut Russia’s weaponization of global hunger.
The G-7 Agrees: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Is a ‘Zeitenwende’
New survey data shows majorities across the group of major industrial countries see Putin’s aggression as a fundamental turning point for the world.
What the Fall of Empires Tells Us About the Ukraine War
Russia’s war can only be understood as a bloody post-imperial conflict.
Germany’s New Resolve on Russia Is Already Flagging
Berlin—along with Paris—may yet help Moscow snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Germany May Soon Pay Millions to Far-Right Operatives
A pending court case could force Berlin to fund the AfD’s foundation.
Ukraine Wants a Lend-Lease Plan for Energy to Escape Russian Chokehold
Russia blackmails its neighbors with energy. Kyiv needs a solution.
Swedengate Was a Lesson in How Easily Misinformation Spreads
One person’s anecdote became a false lesson in national character.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Russia Might Not Lose
Gabrielius Landsbergis weighs in on why Russia needs to be defeated, why Eastern European states were and are nervous, and why the West needs to step up.
2 Percent Defense Spending Is a Bad Target for NATO
Focusing on military budgets alone hurts the alliance’s relevance.
Biden Is Still Worried About Poking the Russian Bear
“If that’s our attitude, we’re never going to win a war again, ever,” said one U.S. source familiar with the debate.
NATO Allies Are Rethinking Russia’s Supposed Military Prowess
But Russia’s early military failures in Ukraine don’t make it any less dangerous, military analysts warn.
Former NATO Chief: We ‘Overestimated’ Russia’s Military
Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks to FP about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, the future of NATO, and more.
Civilians on Ukraine’s Front Lines Face Food and Water Shortages and Worse—Lack of Medication
The battle for the Donbas could well be the deadliest phase of the war.
Finnish President: Putin Took NATO Application News ‘Very, Very Calmly’
Sauli Niinisto tells FP about his country’s decision to join the alliance—and the Russian president’s response.
Estonia’s Prime Minister: ‘We Need to Help Ukraine Win’
Kaja Kallas talks about the threat from Russia, the future of the war, and what should come next for NATO in the Baltics.
Ukraine Wants Longer-Range Ammunition for Donbas Gunfight
“We’re still not giving them what they want,” one U.S. source told Foreign Policy.
Will Teaching Aggressors a Lesson Deter Future Wars?
Calls to inflict a decisive defeat on Russia are misguided and won’t necessarily prevent Putin or others from using force.
The U.K.’s Bold Bosnia Policy Slaps Down Russian-Backed Separatists
Sarajevo’s hopes of NATO accession are growing as London steps in.
Russia’s Imperial Arrogance Is Destroying Ukrainian Heritage
The Kremlin believes it’s the true heir of classical civilization—and is poised to replicate its pillage of Syria in Ukraine under the guise of cultural preservation.
Azerbaijan Stands to Win Big in Europe’s Energy Crisis
That spells trouble in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Americans, Like Swedes, Need Help Telling Fact From Fiction
A botched disinformation board shouldn’t be the end of efforts to educate the public.
Restive Caucasus Sees Signs of Discontent with Putin’s War
But with power increasingly centralized in the Kremlin, don’t look for Moscow’s empire to fracture anytime soon.
Inside a Major Nerve Center for Shipping Military Aid to Ukraine
In just a few weeks, U.S. and British officials have turned an ad hoc operation into a pipeline.
Russia’s Black Sea Blockade Will Turbocharge the Global Food Crisis
Lithuania’s call for a naval coalition to break Russia’s stranglehold on Ukraine’s exports hasn’t been taken up—yet.
Germany’s Christian Democrats Are on a Comeback Mission
The future of governance in the country looks very much like a conservative-green alliance.
Why Has Erdogan Ramped Up Turkey’s Clash With the PKK?
Intensifying conflict with the Kurdish armed movement in Iraq and Syria will likely improve his chances of reelection.
Corruption Could Mean Ukraine Loses a Future Peace
Reconstruction partners must be careful not to hand money to oligarchs.
Putin Wants to Keep Fighting. Who Will Fill the Ranks?
Moscow has to figure out how to replenish unprecedented losses in just under three months of fighting.