The great Russian offensive has, so far, been remarkably lackluster—and people don’t seem to realize that this current series of sputtering pushes is the offensive, itself.
WASHINGTON February 14, 2023
As the battle for Ukraine enters its second year, neither side seems willing to negotiate. A source familiar with the Russian posture described Moscow’s opening position as “go fuck yourself.” Another well-informed source said that’s Kyiv’s opener, too.
The balloon has become a brilliant political foil: Republicans painted Joe Biden as weak on China for not immediately blasting the thing out of the sky; when his administration did, it allowed Democrats to show their boss as cool and in control.
WASHINGTON February 7, 2023
The D.C. foreign policy set responds to the ultimate meme-worthy, news cycle-driven international mini crisis of our times.
What has kept Putin from giving the green light for a wider, more forceful and disruptive asymmetric offensive in Europe?
WASHINGTON January 31, 2023
There is a growing fear in Washington that Russia will resort to hybrid tactics to inflict pain on Western powers in ways that it can no longer achieve through conventional warfare alone.
Putin Visits Saint Petersburg
WASHINGTON January 24, 2023
Putin destroyed in a year an energy business that took three generations to build. As it turns out, Russia needed Europe far more than Europe needed Russia.
WASHINGTON January 17, 2023
As the war in Ukraine grinds on, pressure is building on all sides for the Biden administration to begin negotiations with the Russians, if only to prove what everyone inside the White House, State Department, and Pentagon already knows: the Russians have absolutely zero interest in negotiating.
kevin mccarthy
WASHINGTON January 10, 2023
With the Speaker’s office on a MAGA leash, Hill insiders worry a shutdown is “guaranteed.” Others fear a disastrous debt ceiling debate, military spending freeze, or government funding limping along on continuing resolutions. Welcome to McCarthy’s Washington.
Lauren Boebert
WASHINGTON January 4, 2023
Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert might grandstand about their opposition to funding the Ukrainian opposition. But the reality is that the majority of our aid is being spent on munitions factories in the ruby red states of their allies.
Martin Kimani
WASHINGTON December 20, 2022
An exit interview with Martin Kimani, the Kenyan ambassador, on the U.N. Security Council, about playing China against the U.S., Africa’s debt conundrum, and standing up for Ukraine.
Yevgeny Prigozhin
WASHINGTON December 13, 2022
Evgeny Prigozhin, the terrifying and inscrutable muscle behind Russia’s most notorious mercenary group, has been the hidden hand behind some of the worst carnage in Ukraine—and an increasingly vocal threat to Putin, himself.
Brittney Griner
WASHINGTON December 8, 2022
Behind the scenes, the White House has alternated between pessimism and fury over Russia’s bad-faith negotiations, which is just how the Kremlin likes it. In the end, Biden had to settle for what he could get: a partial political victory.
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