A way out for Ukraine and Russia. Anatol Lieven outlines how the conflict might be brought to an end.

Arming Ukraine will make matters worse. Simon Shuster explains why Western weapons aren’t going to help Ukraine.

Silva continues to rise in Brazil. John Lyons reports on the rapid ascent of Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva, who is now leading second-round polling against the incumbent Dilma Rousseff.

The displacement of Christians in Iraq. Ishaan Tharoor reports on recent comments by the Chaldean Catholic patriarch in Iraq.

The Kansas Senate race. John Sides considers how much of an impact Chad Taylor’s withdrawal from the race could have.

Will Kansas save the Senate for Democrats? Sam Wang sees Taylor’s withdrawal as having a major impact on the race and on which party remains in control of the Senate.

The price of defeating ISIS. Steven Metz explains why the cost of defeating the group will be much higher than is commonly acknowledged.

Why do McCain op-eds still get published? Conor Friedersdorf highlights McCain’s many erroneous and optimistic predictions about the military interventions he has demanded over the years.