Ukraine’s Own Worst Enemy

Why Corruption Is More Dangerous than Putin

Tom Keatinge
Banknotes of Ukrainian hryvnia are seen Kiev, May 23, 2012.
Banknotes of Ukrainian hryvnia are seen Kiev, May 23, 2012. (Gleb Garanich / Courtesy Reuters)
An end to Russia’s intrusions into Ukraine would bring some measure of respite to Kiev. However, that alone would not be enough to place the country on a truly new path. For that, Ukraine must overcome its self-inflicted problems, in particular rampant and pervasive corruption.

The Sana'a Illusion

Farea Al-muslimi
Last month, U.S. President Barack Obama suggested that Yemen could be an example for how to bring stability to Iraq. His comments came as a shock to most Yemenis.

Putin's Losing Streak

Stephen Holmes and Ivan Krastev
Russia's annexation of Crimea came with few consequences for Russia, while an accidental attack on a civilian airliner by semi-anarchical rebel forces, only loosely controlled by Moscow, may redefine the country's place in the world order. Here's why.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: The Taste of War

Lawrence D. Freedman
It is hard to think of any serious new angles on World War II, but Collingham has done so by considering the importance of food in sustaining the war effort and shaping strategy.
A farmer walks on a dried-up pond on the outskirts of Baokang, central China's Hubei province, June 10, 2007.
Deborah M. Lehr and Leigh Wedell

In early June, Chinese president Xi Jinping deployed eight SWAT-like inspection teams across China to ensure that local officials were meeting his new environmental targets. The teams submitted a 1,000-page report with a simple conclusion: local leaders, looking out for their own financial interests, were consistently ignoring directives from Beijing.

An Israeli soldier rides atop an armored personnel carrier after crossing back into Israel from Gaza, July 28, 2014.
Bilal Y. Saab

Qatar’s diplomatic intervention in Gaza has exposed the risks inherent in its broader grand strategy. Although Qatar’s foreign policy has not changed, it is no longer going to be able to pose as a neutral arbiter.

Khaled Elgindy

For Israeli policymakers, another concentrated war against Gaza was preferable to the possibility of another West Bank uprising against Israel, akin to the so-called intifadas that occurred in the late 1980s and the early 2000s. Contrary to what Israelis may have hoped, however, the present war has made a third intifada more, not less, likely.

Wreckage at Tripoli International Airport, July 2014.
Jason Pack

The violence tearing apart Libya might appear to be an ideological struggle. In fact, it is an economic competition between two rival criminal networks.

A demonstrator outside the Israeli Embassy in London, July 26, 2014.
Dalia Dassa Kaye

The longer the conflict in Gaza continues, the harder it will be to insulate the negotiations from other events in the region -- and that does not bode well for a successful outcome.

The ink-stained finger of an Iraqi soldier, April 13, 2013.
Erica De Bruin

The problem of how to improve Iraqi military capacity without undermining civilian control won’t go away when Maliki leaves office. It will persist until norms of democratic and civilian rule become entrenched in Iraq -- a process that could take decades, if not longer.