A Chechen War by Proxy

Two Old Rivals Fight on—In Ukraine

Nicholas Waller
Members of the Dudayev Battalion in the Luhansk region, February 2015.
Members of the Dudayev Battalion in the Luhansk region, February 2015. (Olya Engalycheva)
More than a decade after overt hostilities between Russia and Chechen separatists ended in the Caucasus, two old foes clash once again, this time in Ukraine.

Khamenei's Heir

Akbar Ganji
As Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei advances in age, he has been actively weeding out rivals to ensure a successor who will uphold his vision for Iran.

After Boko Haram

Jason Warner and Michael W. Baca
Boko Haram is on the run. But that doesn’t mean that Nigeria is in the clear. As outside observers have focused on defeating the terrorist group, few have paid attention to the looming postwar reconstruction effort.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: Power Politics in Zimbabwe

Greg Mills

Frequent predictions of the demise of President Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe’s collapse have underestimated Mugabe’s political abilities and staying power and the support he enjoys among Zimbabweans. 

Supporters of Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress (APC) party celebrate in Kano, March 31, 2015.
Matt Mossman

Nigeria’s election may have ended with a winner and a loser, but it was more about the process than the candidates. And there, great gains were made.

Timothy William Waters

For the Palestinian Authority, joining the International Criminal Court is part of a larger effort to internationalize its dispute with Israel. The trend promises plenty of turmoil and trouble in the months and years ahead—for the ICC, for Israel, and for Palestine itself.

Hindu devotees in Mumbai, August 10, 2012.
Kwame Anthony Appiah

Nineteenth-century intellectuals saw races as biological and political facts. Their twentieth-century successors rejected both propositions—but identities rooted in the reality or fantasy of shared ancestry remain central in politics, both within and between nations.

Netanyahu points to a red line he drew on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program.
Amos Yadlin and Avner Golov

Israel and the United States share the same strategic goal: preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The intelligence services of both countries are also largely in agreement on the status of the Iranian program. But they remain deeply divided on what to do about it. Here's how to bring them together.

Brian Warshay

The U.S. electrical grid has hardly changed since the 1880s, and its reliability, effectiveness, and affordability are increasingly being brought into question. To prevent disaster, regulators must abandon outdated electrical architecture and redesign the grid.

Shia Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa, March 26, 2015.
Bilal Y. Saab

With the intervention in Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s military is trying to kill several birds with one stone: safeguard the country from an immediate military threat, assert its leadership of the Arab world, and redress what it sees as a geopolitical imbalance in the Middle East between itself and Iran.