Any draft peace agreement, assuming one becomes viable, will ultimately be Ukraine's to accept or reject. The notion propagated by some that mischievous Americans are infringing on Ukraine's sovereignty is absurd.
Historical baggage cannot be overlooked.
Modifications to the Security Council would require an amendment to the U.N. Charter.
What path NATO chooses may ultimately determine Russia's reaction, and with it, the possibility of more violence in Europe.
For U.N. skeptics, Russia's time in the spotlight is one more talking point for why the entire organization could use a massive overhaul or perhaps even a downsizing.
U.S. officials shouldn't brush off the Saudi entreaties to Beijing as nothingburgers.
Arab-majority countries, including America's partners, aren't waiting for the U.S. to resume normal diplomatic relations with Syria. And they don't seem to care much about Washington's disapproval.
U.S. and NATO officials immediately denounced Putin for unilaterally suspending the most crucial bilateral U.S.-Russia arms control treaty on the books.
As more Russian troops pour into eastern Ukraine and more Russian jets are stationed closer to the Russia-Ukraine border in what is likely to be a renewed offensive on the eve of the war's one-year mark, Ukraine's partners in NATO were discussing how to accelerate shipments of ammunition and air defense systems to Kyiv.
There is only one arms control accord keeping the U.S. and Russia from building as many nuclear weapons as it wants: the New START Treaty.
We think of the Gulf War as an unquestioned success in U.S. military history. In terms of the mission set, this is a fair description.
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants you to believe he can turn off the oil taps like he did with natural gas. The question, as ever, is whether he will run the risk of throwing a hand grenade into the global oil market at a time when Moscow needs all of the oil receipts it can get.
We should all get ready for renewed fighting into the new year.