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.

Johnson’s Ghost: The Vanishingly Small Number of Brits who will Choose the UK’s Next PM

The campaign to succeed Johnson is mercifully short and political polling frequent enough to track changes in the fluctuating mood of the electorate.

Averting a Food Crisis? Russia Agrees to Safe Passage for Ukrainian Grain, then Launches Rockets at Port

“This attack casts serious doubt on the credibility of Russia’s commitment to yesterday’s deal and undermines the work of the U.N., Turkey and Ukraine to get critical food to world markets,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement late Saturday.

Report Card: What Biden Got out of His Trip to the Middle East

With the dumpster-load of diplomatic crises left behind by his America First predecessor, Biden waded into the volatile region with the modest objective of resetting damaged relations with allies and adversaries alike.

Taiwan: What China’s Xi has Learned from Putin’s War on Ukraine

Xi and Putin speak in the same imperialist language about the historical bonds and blood ties with their coveted territories. They pursue the same legacy of greatest leader of all time.

Ukraine End Game: A Stalemate Between Peace and Justice?

How will the war end? The answer is a debate that divides into two conflicting strategies of seeking “peace” or demanding “justice,”

Neutrality has Outlived its Usefulness: Finland and Sweden Pick a Side

Finland and Sweden announced Sunday their intentions to apply for NATO membership, moves that represent a seismic shift in European security policy on Russia.

Putin Whiffs at Victory Parade: Reality’s a Bitch

Any claim to have achieved Kremlin objectives of uniting Ukrainian regions seized eight years ago would have been difficult to substantiate.

Exit Stage West: A Ukrainian Soprano’s Escape

“My situation is not tragic. I don’t consider myself a refugee,” Anna Bondarenko told me over dinner in a cozy bistro in central Vienna.

Macron’s Re-Election Makes Him Europe’s New De Facto Leader

Mr. Macron won, yes. But France is still in trouble. However his is the last best hope for a unified European voice and strategy for halting Putin’s upending of the world order.

Alas, Little Chance of Canceling Putin (For Now)

The stark reality of Russian domestic support in the face of unspeakable brutality and tens of thousands killed on both sides begs the question of what it will take to turn Russians against the war and its Kremlin instigator. 

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