Moscow's strategy to drive a wedge between European countries was on display during Monday's EU crisis meeting.
In the coming weeks, the West will be shaping a long-term response to what many see as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's bid to change the post-cold-war world.
Readers remember pen pals they found through the Monitor's old Mail Bag column.
A mystery about a lost king and the real-life convict who became the world's first modern detective.
Despite tensions over missile deals and NATO expansion, the West's ties with Russia are far more nuanced than in Soviet days.
Shifting political winds may explain the lack of awareness about Chiu Teng Hiok, who helped the British shine in basketball at the 1924 Paris Games.
The French president sees Afghanistan, unlike Iraq, as a matter of global security and NATO responsibility.
Paul Theroux retraces his epic railway journey, 30 years later.
An increasing number of cities are temporarily closing streets to cars and opening them to pedestrians and cyclists. It fosters a greater sense of community.
Moscow has gained leverage, threatened Georgia's pro-West leader, and bolstered national pride.