Tech & Science
Spy or Diplomat? Meet Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the Most Radioactive Man in Washington
Kislyak figures prominently in at least three strands of the Russiagate scandal—is he just doing his job or trying to subvert American democracy?
The Manchester Bombing and Why the Battle Against ISIS Won't End With Iraq and Syria
Until the West crushes ISIS's ideology, bombings like the one in Manchester are going to continue—and maybe become more common.
Vive Le Centre? Why Establishment Europe Shouldn't Feel Too Relieved About Le Pen's Defeat
Despite the palpable relief at the result in Brussels, Macron's margin victory was in fact uncomfortably small.
Alexander Dugin and Steve Bannon’s Ideological Ties to Vladimir Putin’s Russia
Steve Bannon doesn't seem to be caught up in the Russiagate probes, but he does have an ideological link to Moscow
Why Russia's Reaction to Terror is All About Strengthening Putin's Power
The Russian president's propaganda machine labels all dissidents as extremists, the state consolidates power in the name of security—and terrorism continues.
Why WikiLeaks’ CIA Hacking Trove Is a Boon to Putin’s Russia
Aside from damaging the agency's operations, the leaks have proved to be a propaganda win for Moscow.
How Russia Became the Middle East’s New Power Broker
Russia is clawing its way back to being a superpower—at the expense of U.S. influence and prestige.
Thirteen Things That Don’t Add Up in the Russia-Trump Intelligence Dossier
The report published by Buzzfeed is a strange mix of amateurish and insightful.
Meet Rex Tillerson, Vladimir Putin’s Pal and Donald Trump’s Nominee for Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, personifies two major concerns about the incoming administration—conflicts of interest and close ties to Vladimir Putin.
Donald Trump's Syrian Civil War Paradox
Trump's policies represent an impossible contradiction—to help Assad, an ally of Iran, but isolate the country elsewhere.
Why Europe's Populist Revolt Is Spreading
It's getting harder for centrists to convince themselves right-wing nationalism will disappear any time soon.
Donald Trump Can Either Continue the Shadow War With Vladimir Putin or End Sanctions
Donald Trump has only a few more weeks to figure out whether Putin is a friend or a foe.
If You’re in Tokyo, Eat Kobe Beef. It May Be Your Only Chance
Meat from Kobe cattle is harder to find than you think.
How Vladimir Putin Is Using Donald Trump to Advance Russia's Goals
Trump is moving the Republican Party away from its traditionally anti-Russian stance, and the Kremlin is relishing in its newfound role as a meddler in U.S. politics.
Erdogan and Putin: Strongmen in Love
A failed coup is pushing Turkey's increasingly autocratic president back into the arms of Vladimir Putin.
Beyond Brexit: Europe’s Populist Backlash Against Immigration and Globalization
The decision by British voters to leave the EU is unlikely to be the last anti-establishment uprising in the West.
Vladimir Putin's Secret Weapon
Vladimir Putin listens when the Levada Center tells him what Russians think, even when he doesn't like it.
Russians Spicing Up London Restaurant Scene
Entrepreneurs from Moscow have recently infiltrated the closed world of elite restaurants in England's capital.
Metrojet Crash: Why The Insider Threat to Airport Security Isn't Just Egypt's Problem
Even before the EgyptAir tragedy, the bombing of Metrojet Flight 9268 raised chilling doubts about the people who prepare commercial airliners for flight.
Airport Security Can't Start And End With Checking Luggage
As militants continue to target planes and airports, should authorities do more profiling and background checks?
A Taste of Istanbul: Tradition, History, Delicacy
The traditional eateries of Istanbul offer old-fashioned delicacies in a changing city.
Why the EU’s deal with Turkey to stem Migrant Flow is deeply flawed
The deal means disappointment—or at least an ongoing legal limbo—for the thousands who have been piling into flimsy boats to reach Greece.
Checkmate in Syria: How Russia Mastered the Board
Russia's intervention in Syria has proved decisive, and even the Kurds are turning to Moscow.
China: Iran's New Best Friend
China stands to gain from Iranian oil, and its influence in the country may help keep the peace.
The Strange, Delightful Renaissance of Moscow Cuisine
Russia's ban on Western food imports has sparked a revival of locally sourced delicacies.