Russian invasion of Ukraine

Ukraine War, May 19, 2022: Putin assumes defeat will cost him his life (Interview with Graham Allison); West must find way to live with Putin, carefully weigh risk of nuclear escalation with every decision (Updated May 20, 2022)

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Ukraine War, May 11, 2022 (I): Spinning leaked revelations about intelligence sharing, U.S. officials evidence continued confusion about international law; Azovstal steelworks fighters plead for evacuation of wounded; France and Germany push back on American war aims; U.S. should limit war aims to requirements of U.N. Charter and international law


Ukraine War, May 10, 2022 (II): The hard work ahead in the non-allied countries, to get them to joint the anti-Russian coalition



Ukraine War, May 8, 2022: In emotionally powerful symbolic move, First Lady Jill Biden meets with First Lady Olena Zelenska in Ukraine on Mother’s Day and VE Day; The moral responsibility of journalists for disclosures of sensitive military information (“Loose lips sink ships.”)



Ukraine War, May 3, 2022 (II): Pope Francis’ confused comments on Russian invasion of Ukraine



Ukraine War, May 1, 2022: Conditions for negotiation and settlement; Russia running out of precision-guided weapons; Warning against war aim of humiliating Russia





Ukraine War, April 26, 2022: Another day in the war; Lavrov makes new nuclear threats

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Ukraine War, April 25, 2022: Finland and Sweden agree to jointly request NATO membership; Trip by Blinken and Austin to Kviv reveals muddled thinking in Biden’s foreign policy team

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Ukraine War, April 21, 2022 (I): Biden cancels tactical nuclear weapons program; Yellen worries about impact on global economy of European energy embargo; Biden finally closes American ports to Russian shipping

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Ukraine War, April 20, 2022: Fog at Foggy Bottom; Lavrov rules out nuclear war; Bret Stevens on Zelensky and leadership; What is the strategy?

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Ukraine War, April 19, 2022: Planes and parts have been transferred to Ukraine; NATO on sidelines, as analysts express premature sense of victory; No viable strategy for ending war

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Ukraine War, April 17, 2022: Easter reflections

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Ukraine War, April 16, 2022: Military spectators: NATO fails to take the initiative in confronting Russia; The strategic balance must be restored

Commentary In wartime, no one wants to criticize the strategy of their own country. In democracies where there is real freedom of speech, that essential…