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Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson address a news conference in Stockholm on May 16.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson address a news conference in Stockholm on May 16.

NATO Countries Begin Ushering Finland and Sweden Into the Fold

The U.K. and several Nordic countries have offered security guarantees to what could be NATO’s newest members.

Members of the National Defence Training Association of Finland attend a training.
Members of the National Defence Training Association of Finland attend a training.

Finns Show Up for Conscription. Russians Dodge It.

Two seemingly similar systems produce very different militaries.

A bullet hole is seen through the bust of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in the main square of Borodianka, Ukraine on May 15.
A bullet hole is seen through the bust of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in the main square of Borodianka, Ukraine on May 15.

How to Help Ukraine Fight Cultural Erasure

Russia is seeking to destroy Ukrainian culture. The West must help those working to preserve it.

A child stands by the window of her room at a medical center in Lviv, Ukraine.
A child stands by the window of her room at a medical center in Lviv, Ukraine.

A Children’s Hospital in Wartime

Pediatric patients from all over Ukraine crowd into a single facility.

A bullet-riddled Ukrainian national flag flies in Malyn, Ukraine, on May 4.
A bullet-riddled Ukrainian national flag flies in Malyn, Ukraine, on May 4.

What’s the Endgame in Ukraine?

As Washington prepares to send another $40 billion in military aid and Europe seeks a Russian oil embargo, the West’s ultimate goal is still unclear.

Demonstrators wave Western Sahara flags during a protest against the Spanish government support for Morocco's autonomy plan for Western Sahara, in Madrid, on March 26.
Demonstrators wave Western Sahara flags during a protest against the Spanish government support for Morocco's autonomy plan for Western Sahara, in Madrid, on March 26.

Why Is Madrid Pandering to Morocco?

Spain has traded five decades of neutrality on Western Sahara while getting nothing but a spyware scandal in return.

A fire rages at the Central Research Institute of the Aerospace Defense Forces in Tver, Russia
A fire rages at the Central Research Institute of the Aerospace Defense Forces in Tver, Russia

Could Sabotage Stop Putin From Using the Nuclear Option?

If the West is behind mysterious fires in Russia, the ongoing—but deniable—threat could deter Putin from escalating.

A woman walks past a banner in support of Ukraine at the MIPIM international real estate convention in Cannes, France on March 15.
A woman walks past a banner in support of Ukraine at the MIPIM international real estate convention in Cannes, France on March 15.

Western Companies Can Help Ukraine by Sending Work

Ukraine’s tech outsourcing sector, one of Europe’s largest, has adapted nimbly to the war.

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playlist-podcast-foreign-policy-logo

What a Generation Sounds Like

This week on FP Playlist, we feature an episode from “The Europeans.”

A person with a cane walks through caged doors. The photo is very dark, and you can only see their silhouette.
A person with a cane walks through caged doors. The photo is very dark, and you can only see their silhouette.

A Glimpse at Life Under Russian Occupation

Stanislav Aseyev’s “In Isolation” depicts the absurd brutality of military rule in the Donbas.

Serbian Army soldiers fire artillery on the eve of Serbia's Statehood Day in Belgrade on Feb. 14.
Serbian Army soldiers fire artillery on the eve of Serbia's Statehood Day in Belgrade on Feb. 14.

Serbia’s Arms Deals Show It’s Tilting Away From Russia and Toward China

Belgrade’s purchase of FK-3 air defense systems from Beijing marks a shift in Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s diplomatic and defense policy.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives an international press conference.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives an international press conference.

The War in Ukraine Undermines Orban’s Illiberal Project

By dividing the Visegrad Group, Russia’s invasion gives Europe’s mainstream an opportunity to fight back.

Demonstrators hold placards during a rally in support of Ukraine in Almaty, Kazakhstan on March 6.
Demonstrators hold placards during a rally in support of Ukraine in Almaty, Kazakhstan on March 6.

Former Soviet States Are Distancing Themselves From Their Old Imperial Master

The war in Ukraine is prompting countries from Kazakhstan to Moldova to reexamine their colonial past and seek diplomatic allies beyond the Kremlin.

Oleg Salyukov salutes to soldiers during Russia’s Victory Day parade.
Oleg Salyukov salutes to soldiers during Russia’s Victory Day parade.

Stop Falling for Russia’s Delusions of Perpetual Victory

The best sources on the war are the Ukrainians on the ground.

Hermann Göring, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's second in command, at the Nuremberg trials
Hermann Göring, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's second in command, at the Nuremberg trials

Don’t Cling to Hopes That Putin Will Ever Face Justice

The system for prosecuting war crimes is broken—but focusing on sanctions could work.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv
The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv

U.S. Diplomats Tiptoe Back Into Ukraine—Weeks After Their European Counterparts

Lawmakers push the U.S. State Department to overcome its “bunker mentality,” but in Ukraine, that’s complicated.

Ukrainian troops are trained
Ukrainian troops are trained

Ukraine’s Military Pulled Itself Out of the Ruins of 2014

U.S. training helps but isn’t the main reason for the transformation.

Russian attack on shoe factory in Ukraine
Russian attack on shoe factory in Ukraine

Ukraine Faces an Economic Abyss

The West has a vital interest in keeping the country’s wartime economy running.

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