In the end, Western voters will thank their governments for standing with Ukraine — any other option comes at an unaffordably high price.
The entry of Sweden and Finland into the NATO alliance radically improve its ability to defend the High North.
The alliance has important decisions to make about the future shape of its intelligence and surveillance systems.
The Kremlin sees the EU as a cultural magnet, sucking in the borderland states. Its military can’t stop the process.
Russian society is split over the war, but so is the anti-war movement itself.
Life on the Ukraine frontline in the words of those who are there.
NATO should finally assign strategic priority to the Black Sea region, and match its words with action.
Vladimir Putin’s war of aggression has allowed the Western alliance to reap unimagined rewards.
Russia’s brutal war on Ukraine has shaken NATO but now it needs to agree investments in robust forward defense.
The country’s hi-tech defense industry is laboring to raise production, with some success. But its efforts are running into trouble.
Four months after the war started, Russia has admitted it lacks IT specialists. But its proposed solution might only benefit the country’s neighbors.
NATO needs to be serious. Nothing else matters
Europe is beginning to re-arm and re-think its security, which means deciding how much of the defense burden it will bear.
Vladimir Putin’s illegal behavior towards Ukrainian children follows a path beaten by the Nazis.
Vladimir Putin’s war of aggression has brought the administrative middle classes into line.
There are serious dangers in over-interpreting the lessons of the war in Ukraine.
The West must resist the temptation to make hasty judgments on the future of weapons systems like the tank, whatever the impression left by breathless reporting.
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its fifth month, Western resolve about the war shows signs of faltering.
The once-dominant Franco-German powerhouse no longer exclusively speaks for Europe, as the war in Ukraine has proved beyond doubt.
Despite resistance at home, the government is maintaining a stoutly Atlanticist course on Ukraine.
The region remains a source of terrorist instability, which is directly linked to Russia’s actions in the Muslim world.
Despite advances by Putin-friendly extremists at the election, they lack the parliamentary muscle to change Ukraine policy.
Despite repeated official denials, the democratic world’s joint efforts are doing increasing damage to the Russian economy.
The European Commission has given Georgia a warning signal and an opportunity on the road to membership.
Russia is not going away. We need a strategy
For over a decade, Russian society has been bombarded with hardcore, revanchist propaganda. The West did not take note.
As Russia’s military faces acute shortages of war materiel, the Kremlin is urgently seeking ways to evade sanctions.
Italy has expertise and ambitions for the new space race, but needs to develop relations with the US and help fix Europe’s overly bureaucratic approaches.
Russia’s threat to European energy supplies can be fixed by imaginative solutions involving the Middle East.
The pace of events is accelerating as key battles rage against Russia in Donbas, Western European leaders visit Kyiv and the EU decides on Ukraine’s candidacy.
Indiscriminate shelling has destroyed Ukraine’s physical infrastructure, but Russian operations also focus on a less visible target: history textbooks.
Please pay attention – the Kremlin does.
The West’s enemies will draw dangerous conclusions from its divisions over Ukraine.
The war is now focused on three fronts where peril and opportunity lurk for Ukraine. Military progress relies on Western help.
The Kremlin has done everything possible to seal off Russian citizens from independent news media, and it’s failing.
Russian efforts to erode Europe’s will are showing progress, especially in Italy.
Franco-German efforts to seek a ceasefire in Ukraine have obscured an emerging consensus among NATO’s frontline states — there can be no deal with the Russian aggressor.
The position of LGBT people in Russia was bad before the war started and has worsened since then.
As Russia’s war against Ukraine continues to preoccupy the Kremlin, there are signs of hope in the South Caucasus.
Reliance on the Kremlin comes at a high price, as Iran’s leaders are discovering.
Shortly after Russia launched its brutal war against Ukraine, rumors began circulating about Vladimir Putin’s health. It’s not the first time.
But not as much as you think
Strategic plans rarely withstand crises, much less wars. But ‘Future War’ passes the test.
The German government stands accused of failing to match words and deeds, especially on Ukraine.
A third term for China’s leader Xi Jinping is widely regarded as a foregone conclusion, but there are contrary signals.
Italy is under attack from a Russia angered by the government’s support for Ukraine.
Ukraine is buying us time. Use it wisely.
The Kremlin is straining every sinew to crush Ukraine, opening up possibilities for countries with an unwanted Russian presence.
The complications of the Russia-China axis are deeper than they look, and probably involve a future of Kremlin kowtowing.
Russia’s quest for global disorder sees every diplomatic dispute as an opportunity. The argument between NATO’s Nordic aspirants and Turkey is a case study.
A new government is doing what it can, but it’s really time for Western Europe’s big states to demonstrate much more ambition for its eastern borderlands.
The Kremlin’s options in responding to the alliance’s expansion are more limited than it might appear.
Russian troops are using social media channels to discuss the war, despite potentially punitive punishments. The Kremlin won’t like it.
The mess left by the Russians in Ukraine will one day have to be cleared up. The West should think now about how to help.
Russia is menacing the world with hunger and revolution, but the solutions are far from obvious.
Russia is weaponizing starvation.
Islam has been on the rise in Russia’s south, posing some difficult questions for authorities concerned about religious radicalization.
Ukraine’s defense against Russia has relied heavily on the contribution of women, from the frontline to the bomb shelter.
Russia is keen to emphasize its space technology, but so far it’s the West that has most noticeably deployed its orbiting assets to help Ukraine and counter the Kremlin’s untruths.
Russian information outlets are recovering from a bad start. How can they be countered?
Russia’s military may have been badly damaged but that will mean other tactics will come back into play.
The West’s grasp of Russian foreign policy rests on a profound misunderstanding of Vladimir Putin’s regime. What happens abroad serves only the domestic audience.
Some European countries are once again toying with the idea that Ukraine should be forced to cease fire, even as its forces advance. This would be a disaster for the continent.
Putin’s war is transforming European security. But not yet fast enough.
Iran’s rulers enthusiastically seek to destroy the liberal world order and therefore support Russia’s aggression. But they can’t manage full-throated support.
Countering a Swedish-Finnish bid for NATO membership has been a perennial Kremlin goal. That now looks to have failed as the countries seem poised to join.
The West is beginning to think about a long war in Ukraine, but for most allies, the end game is still far from clear.
Vladimir Putin might have cut off gas to Poland and Bulgaria following his invasion of Ukraine. But his real target is European sanctions unity.
Russia’s failed invasion of Ukraine can pave the way to ending the Kremlin’s weaponized disinformation against the West.
NATO and the EU have an enticing opportunity to improve relations between the sometimes fractious states of the region.
Russia’s war in Ukraine has generated a new sense of urgency in providing security assistance to Europe.
Russia says its invasion of Ukraine is “a war against Western neo-colonialism,” a theme developed to attract Asian and other states to an imperialist endeavor.
Vladimir Putin may be a war criminal to most in the West, but for ardent Russian ultranationalists he is a risen Christ fighting a crusade.
Belarus is mourning the death of its first head of state, who perestroika brought into politics and who continued to educate until the end of his life.
The US is to blame for everything in the topsy turvy world of Russian propaganda, except the things it’s actually involved in.
Whatever hopes Vladimir Putin may have had to celebrate a Russian victory over Ukraine on May 9, the reality is that he has merely damaged Russia itself.
Behind-the-scenes maneuvering signals continuing battles for power among the Russian security forces, the siloviki.
Putin’s hollow victory masks a great defeat
On May 9, Vladimir Putin will almost certainly declare victory over something. It’s not yet clear quite what.
On 9 May, President Putin will preside over this year’s annual commemoration of the conclusion of the Great Patriotic War, the end of World War II.
Like so much else, the May 9 celebrations have been soured by Vladimir Putin’s ambitions.
The naval conflict has been less visible during Russia’s assault on Ukraine, but the outcome of the war at sea is absolutely critical.
Russia has slowly raised the temperature in the Black Sea region, creating ever-greater problems for its neighbors.
An unhealthy obsession with numbers can explain the West’s misreading of Russia’s military capabilities
The Western reaction to the current crisis in Ukraine shows that we will have to revive the concept of deterrence, and quickly.
The US Congress last week approved a Lend-lease Act for Ukraine, resurrecting the World War II program of that name. Russia is appalled.
The tensions in Transnistria enhance concerns that Moldova could be the next country to fall victim to Russian military aggression.
It is tempting to focus on our own failings over disinformation, but we should never forget the aggressors’ role.
Worries that Russia’s war of aggression may spread to Moldova are growing.
This cross-functional student consultancy delivered an actionable artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomy roadmap as part of the NATO Innovation Challenge.
While the Kremlin is busy in the west, developments to the south promise further threats to its aggressive policy in the borderlands.
Responsibility is dawning but apologies are due.
Putin’s war is producing the opposite of what he intended: a diminished Russia, a stronger Ukraine, and a reinvigorated West.
Former German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer joined the 2022 NATO Youth Summit to discuss the Future of European Security.
The government in Bratislava is winning plaudits from Ukraine and alliance allies for its tough stand against Russia’s aggression.
Since the beginning of Russia’s biggest invasion of Ukraine, the western city of Lviv has served as a refuge for multiple thousands fleeing home.
As Russia’s invasion continues to have a devastating impact on critical infrastructure, Ukraine is going to need a lot of help, and soon.
Lithuania has developed foreign policy muscle since 2020 and demonstrated leadership on global geopolitical issues.
Russia has not been successful in the war against Ukraine so far, because Ukrainians are tenaciously defending their homeland. We must offer immediate aid.
Following Russia’s defeat in the Battle of Kyiv, calls have increased from politicians and pundits to reopen the US Embassy in Ukraine’s capital.