• Bringing Putin to his knees

    Steven Hamilton     |      February 28, 2022

    Russia’s dictator is now threatening to use nuclear weapons against the West as his bloody aggression aligns the world against him, but tough financial sanctions should offer a more credible threat against Russia’s creaking economy.

  • Kick Russia’s kleptocrats in their wallets

    Graeme Dobell     |      February 28, 2022

    Putin runs a ‘rogue mafia state’, having turned Russia into ‘a gas station with nukes,’ in the words of Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, and so the best way to hit the ruling clique is to seize the money they have looted during their self-serving reign.

  • Ukraine’s heroes fight on against the odds

    Frank Ledwidge     |      February 28, 2022

    The heroism of Ukraine’s leaders, soldiers and citizens has won the admiration of the world, and against all the odds they continue to fight against the Russian invaders, sadly without the direct support of the West.

  • The modern Munich moment

    John Storey     |      February 27, 2022

    If we are on the path to another bloody global confrontation, future historians will no doubt claim it would have been easier to stop Putin in 2008 when he invaded Georgia, or 2014 when he seized Crimea, or 2022 when he invaded Ukraine.

  • A world split asunder

    Michael Shoebridge     |      February 27, 2022

    The real-time feeds of Russian attacks in Kyiv and Kharkiv bring home the brutal reality of what Putin is doing to people who dared live in democracy on his doorstop.

  • The short arm of the law

    Juliette McIntyre     |      February 26, 2022

    The fact that Russia, the current president of the UN Security Council, launched its invasion of Ukraine during a Security Council meeting to resolve the crisis tells you everything you need to know about its contempt for international norms – and their powerlessness to stop it.

  • Don’t fall for Putin’s propaganda

    William Partlett     |      February 25, 2022

    Sanctions and military aid will help Ukraine survive Russia’s brutish invasion, but dismantling Putin’s ludicrous justifications for the war may be just as important in the court of world opinion.

  • What the West should do now

    Stefan Wolff     |      February 25, 2022

    The west sat by and did little when Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 and annexed Crimea in 2014 but the full-scale invasion of Ukraine currently underway in pursuit of Putin’s crazed imperial ambitions is impossible to ignore.

  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine deals another blow to the rules-based order

    Daniel Steedman     |      February 24, 2022

    Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, and China’s growing menace to Taiwan and the South China Sea, pose a threat to the democratic world order which the USA, Europe and their allies appear both powerless and unwilling to confront.

  • Why Russia’s invasion flouts international law

    Rowan Nicholson     |      February 24, 2022

    The world confronts a Russia crisis – rather than a Ukraine crisis – given Vladimir Putin’s delusions of rebuilding the Soviet Empire. Russia perverts the language of international law in order to flout it, and continues its descent into a pariah state, rather than living in peace with its neighbours.

  • Putin’s tanks roll into Ukraine

    Stefan Wolff     |      February 23, 2022

    The Russian dictator’s de-facto annexation of yet more Ukrainian territory in the name of absorbing more ethnic Russians into his empire recalls Adolf Hitler’s insidious assimilation of neighbouring states before the start of the Second World War.

  • Three scenarios for war in Ukraine

    David Galbreath     |      February 19, 2022

    A failure by the west to confront and repel hostile Russian action in Ukraine would have serious repercussions for the future of Europe.