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Empress Angela and Her Two Big Sins

Reflections on the former German Chancellor’s sense of her own record and responsibilities in dealing with Putin, Russia and Ukraine.

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China’s Curious Choice to Stand with Russia

In contrast to Putin, President Xi at least seems focused on the long game for his country. But why is Xi then supporting Putin’s win-today, lose-thereafter venture?

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Why Brexit Has Been Good for Ukraine

Russia’s war against Ukraine provided Boris Johnson with a unique opportunity to highlight Britain’s international leadership credentials.

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Olaf and Volodymyr: A Double Portrait

The politician who had prepared himself all his life for his top role flops. Meanwhile, the man who had made a career as a comedian on TV turns out to be a very determined and successful statesman.

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How the War in Ukraine Affects Africa

Poor countries bear a disproportionate brunt of Putin’s war. But the fundamental reshaping of energy policies also offers seeds of hope for Africa.

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Erdogan’s Balancing Act Between Russia and Ukraine

Turkey’s strongman leader has expressed support for the besieged country. He has also joined Putin’s assault on the Western media.

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Why India and the U.S. Should Work Together in Central Asia

India’s engagement with Central Asia provides opportunities for the U.S. to step up cooperation with the region. But the Ukraine invasion places hurdles in Delhi’s balancing act between Moscow and Washington.

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What the Ukraine Invasion Means for the Middle East

Turkey, Israel and Syria have been playing a complex tightrope act balancing their international ties and commitments, while keeping a wary eye on Russia’s imperialistic designs.

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Ukraine Scenarios for Putin and the World

What kind of Russian occupation – as in Afghanistan? Iraq? Abkhazia? Chechnya? Imagining the day after a Russian conquest of Kyiv is not a pretty picture – also not for Vladimir Putin.

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Why China Weighs in on Ukraine

China’s goal isn’t cuddling up to Russia. It is preventing NATO from interfering in the Indo-Pacific.

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