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In this December 2019 photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gestures to U.S. President Donald Trump as a group of leaders pose for a photo at the NATO summit in Watford, England. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Insights from the NATO summit: Why another Donald Trump presidency would doom the alliance

NATO’s primary tenet is that an attack on one member is an attack on all. Donald Trump has made clear that he won’t uphold that core principle, putting the future of NATO at risk if he’s re-elected.
Cups depicting Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir shop in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2022. The words on the Putin cup reads ‘The most polite man.’ (AP Photo)

Is Putin drawing inspiration from Stalin’s military purge? Despite parallels, probably not

Although tempting to make the comparison, Vladimir Putin’s recent military purge doesn’t appear to be a replay of Stalin’s infamous purge in 1937.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, left, speaks to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken after placing flowers at a memorial for fallen soldiers in Kyiv, Ukraine, on May 15, 2024. Blinken told Ukrainians that billions of dollars in American military aid is on the way after months of political delays. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Delays in western aid have put Ukraine in a perilous position

The Russia-Ukraine war over the past several months has been described as a stalemate and Russia’s latest offensive as a ploy. If so, it’s proving to be a successful one, and here’s why the West is to blame.
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech before presenting the Russian Hero of Labour gold medals in June 2023. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Vladimir Putin’s gold strategy explains why sanctions against Russia have failed

Russia has tied its currency to gold to evade sanctions. Shifting the ruble away from a pegged value and into the gold standard itself is aimed at making it a credible gold substitute at a fixed rate.
Soldiers climb out of trenches in this First World War photo. The successes of the 100 Days Offensive in 1918 were influenced by the Allies’ reliance on a strategy of maximum effort, flexible campaigns and advances in tactics. (CP PICTURE ARCHIVE/AP)

How lessons from the First World War could help Ukraine in the war

Ukraine can borrow lessons from the First World War as the war with Russia enters its third year.
In this photo released by Sputnik news agency on Feb. 9, 2024, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson at the Kremlin in Moscow. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Vladimir Putin justifies his imperial aims in Tucker Carlson interview

Why is there such a Russian focus on the Second World War? Because it’s used to justify authoritarian states, the rule of dictators like Putin and Belarus’s Alexander Lukashenko.

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