The U.S. government has a long history of trying to restrain Israel, with mixed success.
An Eastern European politics scholar offers a list of videos to help students understand the region's history.
The spiral vs. deterrence model, explained, as violence surges in the Middle East.
An explainer on collective security agreements like NATO.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was an important start – but there’s much work still ahead.
Two experts discuss the broader impact of the Israel-Hamas war.
Experts on the politics of foreign occupations tackle big questions in this week’s Good Chat.
The humanitarian crisis and escalation fears heighten uncertainty.
Even bitter adversaries have tools to control escalation.
We need a more nuanced approach.
The Monkey Cage 2022 roundup: Top 10
Here’s what the NATO treaty actually does — and doesn’t — require
Ill-trained, unwilling reservists may hamper Russia’s efforts in Ukraine.
Russia continues to expand lessons in “patriotic” values, this research finds
She traveled to 117 countries and hosted countless high-level visitors
The former Soviet leader learned the hard way that reining in political changes is harder than making them
The European Union had little choice but to open the door
A new survey examines the conversations between Ukrainians and their Russian relatives
The social divisions of Russia’s imperial age still hamper opposition today
A new survey shows what citizens think about NATO — and what they would do if attacked
Eurovision songs and voting are sometimes war by other means
Putin can’t reconstruct the regime that Stalin built — or save Russia from chaos
In Ukraine and beyond, skills, determination and tactics matter more than the mix of weapons
Arms control helped ensure that this was a ‘nonevent’
We surveyed people in Ukraine’s contested eastern region to see what they wanted. Here’s what we found.
Russia sees itself at the global forefront of the culture wars, leading the resistance to gay parades, ‘cancel culture,’ and liberal values more generally
The image of Putin’s popularity bolsters his actual popularity, our research finds. But staged perceptions of popularity can be fragile.
Although Poles have been welcoming, the newly official Polish version of history is based on excluding and blaming outsiders. How will that affect Ukrainians?
Invading Ukraine may have left him weaker than he has been in a decade
Many will be activists in exile, our research suggests
He is suggesting that anyone with a Western lifestyle could be a traitor
As Stalin learned in Finland, small countries can inflict serious damage on invading superpowers
Our research explores what happens when women reach high positions
Both Russia and Ukraine have accused the other of committing genocide.
Here’s the downside to prosecuting former leaders
The history of the West suggests something else entirely
Other countries committed to joining, yet have no clear path to full membership
Patriotic attitudes run high in Russia, our research finds
Their ‘unlimited’ partnership may have some limits after all
Within Ukraine, Russia and elsewhere, here’s what we know about civil resistance
Neutral countries today are nonaligned — and well-armed
The research shows that Russian speakers across much of Ukraine identify as Ukrainian
‘Madness’ isn’t a common leadership trait
Moscow has seen little support this week from these countries.
The Kremlin has many tools to repress opposing voices.
Supply problems are the norm, not the exception
Russian President Vladimir Putin just put his nuclear forces on alert
Kyiv also called on volunteers in 2014 to defend the country
Putin’s personalist rule leaves few domestic checks on his power.
Here’s what we learned from the U.N. Security Council emergency meetings on Ukraine
Up until now, Russia tried to look like it was playing by the rules.
His speech this week makes it clear he’s out to restore “historic Russia”
Russia’s president made threats without offering assurances
What would an invasion of Ukraine mean for Russia?
Steep economic costs may not significantly change Russia’s behavior
What happens now to the Nord Stream 2 project?
Those who live in the Donbas region care more about bread-and-butter issues, our latest surveys reveal
The Chicago Police Department apologized for what it called ‘torture.’ But while the United States is a party to international human rights treaties, it doesn’t have laws at home against these violations.
For Putin, invading Ukraine comes with political risk at home, these surveys show
His hard line on gender and sexuality leaves him room to tack to the middle again
The research suggests this rarely works. But countries keep trying anyway.
For centuries, Moscow has worried that foreign powers are scheming to separate Ukraine from Russia.
Why are two world powers so intent on controlling Ukraine?
Citizens are more willing to coexist when they feel in control of their own destinies
Many Ukrainians wouldn’t favor a pro-Russian leader — but would the U.S. support an anti-Russian insurgency?
The Kremlin’s defense strategy depends on keeping a buffer between the Russian heartland and Europe
The language leaders use can shape international disputes, this research finds.
But seeing what’s happening on the ground doesn’t help explain Russia’s motives
Our textbook suggests teaching about the Jan. 6 insurrection with this framing.
Preserving autocracies is a primary goal for regional organizations like the CSTO.
We found these two factors at work.
Protesters aren’t benefiting from Kazakhstan’s oil economy.
Jervis had a boundless curiosity about both theory and policy in international relations.
A new book explains the history of NATO expansion, which Putin wants to end.
The U.S., China and India have also tested anti-satellite weapons
Most critics are missing the biggest concern
These components would probably boost China’s nuclear deterrence
An overarching narrative can lead to fewer foreign policy choices.
The end of the Cold War scrambled U.S. foreign policy — and then 9/11 scrambled it again. Here’s what remains the same.
Prolonged wars make allies nervous, our research on Vietnam shows.
Here’s the real challenge when governments no longer control sensitive information
Political and ethnic tensions have fueled new discord — and the Taliban has capitalized on these grievances
In these 9 cases, sporting authorities tried to ban a country from international competition — sometimes for years
Real-world rivalries often play out in the Olympic arena
Voters in this week’s snap elections were more concerned about graft than geopolitics.
That view ignores China’s deep challenges — and the strength of U.S. diplomacy
The U.S. withdrawal leaves these big questions for the Ghani administration
The administration’s report on “critical technologies” is due Friday.
Further sanctions might harm ordinary Belarusians — and push leaders and businesses closer to Russia
International treaties outlaw false communications that might endanger a flight
Monteiro, who passed away this month, influenced debates about U.S. dominance in the world
This move signals a shift in the U.S. relationship with Turkey
Many Americans later regretted the decision not to participate in the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics
President Maia Sandu has had a rocky first 100 days in office.
In fact, coups are rare in post-Soviet countries
Many in the breakaway territory see a future with Russia
Military bases used to be synonymous with military occupation.
These five developments make arms control agreements even more complicated
What’s happening in the country, part 2.
As the Russian president becomes less popular, he’s turning to blunt coercion