Election to the Security Council is prestigious for member states because it gives them a seat at the highest table of global decision-making.
International recognition of South Ossetia would allow for increased economic, political and cultural contacts with the outside world and prevent the country from being integrated into Russia.
What will the decisive outcome mean for Ukraine's relationship with Russian and the West?
Giving up means giving the Assad regime and Russia both a strategic and intellectual victory with incalculable consequences for global security.
Russian media outlets are holding up the Mueller report as another example of American dysfunction, with President Trump a symptom of larger problems rather than the man who might solve them.
Five years after Crimea returned to Russia, the east-west stalemate over Ukraine is far from stable.
If you think Americans are suckers for conspiracies theories, you ought to hear some of the theories that are popular in Putin's Russia.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has new aspirations in Africa in pursuit of his country's assertiveness in the global arena.
Almost one-third of countries around the world are authoritarian regimes with the trappings of democracy. Their bad behavior poses a threat to real democracies, as the United States recently learned.
A Cold War era treaty helped dismantle more than 2,500 missiles between the US and Russia.
Confidentiality is written into the code of ethics that governs the profession. Will Congress force them to break it to learn the contents of Trump’s private meetings?
Any amateur politician can engage in lying. President Donald Trump is going further than that. He's engaging in 'post-truth'.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a busy summit season ahead of him. After early foreign policy stumbles, it's important he reads his briefs, listens to the diplomats and stays humble.
The Syrian civil war may be coming to an end, but the suffering and uncertainty are far from over for its people.
With the Syrian conflict right on its borders, and Russia and Iran increasingly shaping the region's politics, Turkey is becoming beholden to NATO's enemies.
The US was once the dominant force in the Middle East. That old order has disappeared. Now the new powers are Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Russia – and the US needs a new policy for the region.
Armed and backed by some of the world's largest known oil and gas reserves, Gazprom would be more powerful than US mercenaries such as Blackwater, and also closely linked to the Kremlin.
In January, three top Russian intelligence officials met with their peers in Washington, D.C. What was their goal amid the Robert Mueller investigation? An expert on Russia speculates.
The Skripal case shows how Russian intelligence services have the confidence to carry out shoddy operations, seemingly unconcerned about whether or not they will be discovered.
During the Cold War, American evangelicals smuggled Bibles and other Christian literature to the Soviet Union and other communist countries. They still see Russia as a partner on evangelical values.