Daniel DePetris

The Ukraine War enters its sixth month

26 July 2022 2:11 am

On February 24, Volodymyr Zelensky, the comedic actor-turned-president of Ukraine, addressed his countrymen at the same hour Russian missiles were…

Russia is sidestepping American oil sanctions

23 June 2022 1:32 am

When the European Union finally made the decision to ban 90 percent of Russia’s crude oil imports by the end…

Why is America bombing Somalia again?

13 June 2022 7:30 pm

You may not have caught it amidst other international developments, but the United States bombed Somalia last Friday. No, that…

What if the Ukraine war is never won?

4 June 2022 5:30 pm

In late March, roughly a month into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an unnamed Nato official told NBC News that the…

The Taliban’s Afghanistan quagmire

3 May 2022 12:56 pm

Hibatullah Akhundzada is a secretive man who is only occasionally heard and seldom seen. But on May 1, the Taliban’s…

Biden’s ad-libs are making the world less safe

29 March 2022 4:49 am

Joe Biden, by his own admission, is a man who sometimes goes off script. Whereas some presidents seek to bottle…

Is Putin nuts?

16 March 2022 12:56 am

As Russian forces level Ukrainian cities with artillery, missiles and airstrikes, there’s a concerted effort to get inside the mind…

Russia's invasion of Ukraine: what we know so far

24 February 2022 5:55 pm

Vladimir Putin finally made his move overnight. In a spontaneous address to the Russian people in the early hours of the…

America still won’t risk a war with Russia over Ukraine

12 January 2022 2:39 pm

Anybody who thought this week’s intense diplomacy between American, European, and Russian officials would magically resolve the ongoing crisis in…

A nationwide general strike emptied the streets of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on Monday

America has few good options in Haiti

21 October 2021 12:52 pm

Haiti has never been known as a beacon of stability and tranquility. Most of its politicians are feckless, in league…

The Taliban learn just how hard governing Afghanistan is

13 October 2021 12:54 pm

For the first time in two decades, and arguably for the first time since the late 1970s, there is a…

Biden stole Donald Trump’s foreign policy

6 October 2021 3:02 pm

When President Donald Trump in 2020 signed a trade deal with China after years of escalatory tariffs, then-presidential candidate Joe…

Congress’s defense budget is pure madness

30 September 2021 4:40 pm

The United States Congress is divided on pretty much everything these days. But there is one agenda item that traditionally…

Biden’s big UN whopper

22 September 2021 3:00 pm

President Joe Biden walked into the grand UN General Assembly chamber this morning with a list of asks, an appeal…

Will Biden deal with the Taliban?

16 September 2021 12:11 pm

When President Joe Biden tapped longtime aide Antony Blinken to be his secretary of state last November, Blinken landed his…

Congress got mad about Afghanistan 20 years too late

8 September 2021 4:29 pm

Nearly a week after the last American C-17 flew out of Kabul, the Biden administration remains in the middle of…

Can Iran's 'butcher' president make peace with the Saudis?

6 August 2021 2:13 pm

It’s official: after eight years of a relatively pragmatic administration, Iran is now under new management. Ebrahim Raisi, a disciple…

George Bush's attack on Joe Biden's Afghan strategy is hard to take

15 July 2021 4:18 pm

The world doesn’t hear a lot from George W. Bush these days. The former president of the United States has…

Why the Biden-Putin summit wasn't a waste of time

17 June 2021 7:43 am

The meeting between U.S. president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin in Geneva started cordially enough. A quick handshake, toothy smiles…

Can Biden bring relations with Russia back from the brink?

21 April 2021 4:00 pm

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov delivered a depressing assessment on the state of U.S.-Russia relations earlier this month. While holding…

Biden's backhanded bid to kill Nord Stream 2

9 April 2021 6:00 pm

Washington, D.C. is universally known as a town divided, a place where compromise and dialogue are often sacrificed at the…

America's Russian sanctions are futile

3 March 2021 6:06 pm

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden promised to approach Russia and its irascible President Vladimir Putin with a new…

What the Khashoggi murder report means for US-Saudi relations

27 February 2021 6:36 am

Today, after pressure from senior US lawmakers and staring at an impending statutory deadline, the Biden administration authorised the release…

Good luck to Joe Biden. He'll need it

21 January 2021 5:49 am

It’s official: the inauguration is over, the speeches have been given, and political power in the United States has been…

The pro-Trump mob are trashing the Republic

7 January 2021 9:04 am

Watching television news, captivated by the images of pro-Trump rioters, looters, and frankly losers storm the Capitol building in service…