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A major historian of 20th century Europe says Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has earned the fascist label. Does it really matter what we call him?
A decades-long relationship shaped by oil, war, terrorism, and political expediency explains why President Biden will meet Saudi leaders next month, despite his pledge to treat the kingdom as a pariah.
Historian Joseph Ellis says the House Jan. 6 committee hearings show that the future of the republic is at risk, evoking parallels to the contentious early years of the United States.
Andrew Bacevich says it's dangerous to view the war in Ukraine as an opportunity to save global democracy, American freedom, or U.S. hegemony, as some public intellectuals contend.
As a frozen war descends on eastern Ukraine, the question of how long the U.S. can support the Ukrainian defenders is taking on new urgency.
Seventy-eight years ago, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy to begin the liberation of France. The invaders overcame chaos and confusion to defeat the Germans.
Long before Donald Trump promised to save American manufacturing, the Democratic Party lost hold of its bedrock constituency, the White working class.
The Supreme Court has been on the wrong side of history many times, botching the Constitution in the process.
During the Cold War it would have been crazy to believe that one day Sweden and Finland would eagerly join NATO. But history is speeding up, and the geopolitics of Europe are in flux.
Fear that hordes of immigrants will reorder society has a long pedigree in U.S. politics. Before the Civil War, the first nativist movement targeted Catholics.
Long before Americans argued over whether the Constitution protected a right to privacy, historians say abortion was commonplace and unregulated. That began to change in the nineteenth century.
Pulitzer Prize finalist Kate Masur discusses her book, "Until Justice Be Done," and the struggle to repeal racist laws in the North before the Civil War. America's first civil rights movement saw the Constitution as its ally.
When it comes to speech, most Americans agree the government may not censor. But in the cultural realm, there is no consensus on who can say what and where.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is showing an unbending, zealous approach in trying to eliminate a coronavirus that simply will not go away. And no one can stop him.
The war in Ukraine has entered a new phase with no end in sight. History tells us it may only end with negotiations, not outright victory.
The Biden administration's effort to revive the Iran nuclear accord may fail, opening the way to a new era of proliferation and conflict at a time when the U.S. is trying to hold together the old order.
Russia's dictator promotes a history of Ukraine dating to the tenth century that denies its people a national identity. It is a mountain of distortions.
Since the Cold War ended, a cultural awareness around nuclear weapons faded. Russia's war in Ukraine is reviving it, and proliferation experts say the concerns are overdue.
In the 76 years since the Nuremberg trials set the standard for punishing individuals for crimes against humanity, successful prosecutions have proven difficult. The odds are against it in Ukraine.
When Boris Yeltsin handpicked Vladimir Putin to be his successor in 1999, he was not a full-fledged autocrat. The events of the 2000s changed that.
The acclaimed political scientist tells The Washington Times the war in Ukraine is of critical importance to democracies everywhere.