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1

Different game. Although we don’t know whether Russia will invade Ukraine, one thing is certain: Ukrainian forces are in a far better position to defend themselves than they were seven years ago, FP’s Amy Mackinnon and Jack Detsch report.

2

Blast from the past. If U.S. President Joe Biden really wants to shore up democracy around the world, he should look to former President Barack Obama’s Open Government Partnership for inspiration, FP’s James Traub writes.

3

That’s classified. Washington’s out-of-control classification system interferes with the public’s understanding of government actions and efforts to hold it accountable. To overhaul democracy, there must be reform, Elizabeth Goitein writes.

4

New playbook. A joint European-U.S. climate change initiative could both counter Russia’s energy coercion and exert more geopolitical pressure on Moscow than sanctions, Kevin Cramer and H.R. McMaster write.

5

Putin’s presser. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual press conference on Thursday was pared down due to COVID-19 concerns, but it featured his usual bombast—and ambiguity on Ukraine, Matthew Luxmoore reports.