Carol J Williams

Carol J. Williams is a retired foreign correspondent with 30 years' reporting abroad for the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press. She has reported from more than 80 countries, with a focus on USSR/Russia and Eastern Europe.

Putin Re-ups the Regime: How We Got Here

Putin’s bellicose rhetoric lands on sympathetic ears in Moscow, far from the Ukraine battlefields and the remote Russian areas where its fighters are recruited. But his resurrection of Stalinist-era repression is likely to eventually backfire as the reality of the Ukraine war’s toll on a generation of men becomes apparent.

Finally: Dems Help Johnson Pass Ukraine, Israel Aid in the House

The bills were delivered to the Senate for approval of the amended package. Biden urged the upper chamber to quickly send the measure to his desk so he can sign it into law and get the weapons and equipment to Ukraine for “their urgent battlefield needs.”

How Terrorism Helps Putin Subvert Democracy in Russia

The Kremlin and its puppet journalists blamed Ukraine and its Western allies for the slaughter. They persisted in trying to implicate Kyiv and the United States even after security forces arrested the Tajik suspects.

The Short Life and Long Controversies of Legendary War Correspondent Maggie Higgins

A woman doesn’t need to be ferocious to succeed in the masculine world of covering armed conflict.

Trump and the Creep (Promise) of Authoritarian Rule

De facto U.S. capitulation to Putin has alarmed and perplexed allies. Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told his country’s main broadcaster last week that he’d witnessed Trump’s “creepy” submission to Putin at international gatherings.

Will Navalny’s Murder Refocus the West on Ukraine?

From the paranoid perspective of Putin, Navalny had to be eliminated, just as the last, best hope for a democratic candidate’s survival was eliminated nine years ago in a drive-by assassination of former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov on the doorstep of the Kremlin.

How Ukraine is Destroying Russia’s Black Sea Fleet

Russia’s vaunted naval forces have dominated maritime civilian and military activity in the Black Sea since Crimea became the southern pillar of the Imperial Russian Navy in 1783. But in less than two years of fierce defiance of the Kremlin invasion, Ukraine has destroyed or disabled half of the Black Sea Fleet.

World on Fire: Wars are Springing Up Around the Globe

The hostilities riling the world today differ from those of the Cold War in that the adversaries are now more numerous and fractured than during the superpower confrontation.

Democracy on the Ballot in 2024: Four Billion People Will Vote This Year

Here are the countries, large and small, where stark choices confront voters struggling through economic difficulties and indifference to the political stakes when they fail to engage in decisions that will influence how and by whom they are governed.

Aid for Ukraine: A Critical Hedge on Future Peace

“Think about the signal that delayed Ukraine aid sends to the leaders and people of Taiwan. If, God forbid, they are faced with the decision of whether to fight or capitulate to the People’s Republic of China, they will need to soberly assess the credibility of America’s commitment to helping them defend their island. Right now, we are sending a terrible message."