New Post on the Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog by Christoph V. Steinert

Why do Russia and Ukraine exchange prisoners of war? Cooperative 
behavior during wars is generally puzzling, but especially in a war of 
aggression that is characterized by numerous violations of 
international humanitarian law. This article explores why Russia and 
Ukraine nevertheless conducted at least twelve publicly announced 
prisoner exchanges until now. It highlights symbolic and strategic 
motivations and argues that we should not mistake these exchange deals 
as a commitment to humanitarian norms.

Read the full article here