There’s far more at stake than the security consequences of Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Pressure has been growing within the Biden administration to mend fences with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The former prime minister will try to regain power, but his success is not inevitable—or impossible.
A discussion of U.S. relations with Israel amid President Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia.
A conversation on U.S. support for Ukraine.
Three developments have enabled Ukraine to level the playing field in key ways.
Keeping the Bennett coalition afloat and preventing Netanyahu’s return are clearly priorities for the Biden administration. But with the Israeli government teetering, Biden will have his work cut out for him.
The disruption to Russian exports may also affect blackmarket arms sales. The massive influx of Western weapons to Ukraine with minimal end-use monitoring may infuse the black market with new supplies just as buyers are left looking for new sellers.
The observation that the dictator in the Kremlin seeks to subdue Ukrainian democracy is, of course, true and important. But it would be better to elevate what is Russia’s most fundamental offense: its armed aggression against a sovereign state.
Ukraine won’t win this war with a drawn-out, exhausting struggle to claw a few more hectares of territory back from Russia. Ukraine’s real victory is not on the battlefield, but in its post-conflict rebirth. The sooner that begins, the better.