Putin is making risky moves in Ukraine because they are his best option to buy the time to stay in power.
Iran's turn to the East is accelerating.
At home and abroad, Putin is facing mounting opposition over his invasion of Ukraine.
Nuclear talks with Iran are at an impasse. Just when a deal seemed imminent, Tehran resurrected a demand that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cease an investigation into potentially illegal uranium enrichment at three undeclared locations.
Throughout what is collectively known as the "Global South" (encompassing developing parts of the world like Latin America, Africa, and parts of Asia), China is now more popular than the United States.