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.

Ukraine’s Much-Anticipated Counter Offensive Hasn’t Started. But Russia Keeps Losing Ground

Putin’s failure to take Bakhmut after eight months of stalemated combat and casualties in the tens of thousands dealt an embarrassing blow to the Kremlin leader during last week’s WWII Victory Day celebrations.

Strategic Blunders and Scattershot Threats: Putin’s Failures Multiply

Putin's miscalculations have mounted. Harsh punishments meted out for little-known war critics are stirring discontent among Russians long tuned out of their country’s top-down politics.

Meat Grinder: Battle for Bakhmut is Chewing up Russian Soldiers

While the Russian president gives no indication of reconsidering his Ukraine calamity and cutting his losses, the fractious leaders of his motley war-fighting force could erode unity and commitment among the Russia factions in the stumbling campaign on the battlefields.

What (and Who) is Poisoning Iran’s Girls?

The prevailing theory among human rights activists about what is motivating the poisonings is the Islamic regime’s intentional punishment of predominantly young and female protesters of endemic misogyny that have shaken Iran for six months.

To Crimea or Not: Ukraine’s Big Question

Even in the throes of a reinvigorated Russian offensive in the Donbas industrial heartland, expectations remain high that Ukrainians’ motivation to defeat Putin’s aggression will end with Kyiv recovering at least the territory seized by Russia since its Feb. 24, 2022, invasion.

Not So Great Anymore: Britain is Mired in Hard Times

A self-inflicted wound called Brexit, compounded by the global economic body blows of the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, has laid low a mighty power.

Making a Greater Empact

Empact Northwest’s initial work in the chaotic exodus following Russia’s Feb. 24, 2022, invasion focused on creating an orderly evacuation.

2022 in Joe Biden: International Report Card

The galvanizing message of the Biden Doctrine is much like the founding principle of NATO, that an attack on any one of the alliance’s 30 member states is an attack on all and must be collectively defended.

Masters of our Fate: Zelensky Takes Washington by Storm

The symbolism of Biden pledging before the cameras and the eyes of the world to provide Zelensky with “whatever it takes, however long it takes,” could not have been lost on Putin.Masters of our Fate:

Untimely Death of Belarusian Foreign Minister Gins Up the Conspiracy Mill

Belarus’s highest-ranking diplomat was known to resist Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to bully Belarus into arming, training and deploying forces into Russia’s disastrous war.