“We also saw these same dynamics at play almost exactly one hundred years ago on the eve of World War I.”
Secret mobilizations. Attacks with plausible deniability. Unclear alliance commitments. Vague statements of resolve. A battle for neutral parties. Highly provocative military movements. We have seen these events take place in the last [...]
Russia’s economic development ministry has downgraded the country’s forecast to less than 1% growth this year; an earlier estimate had been 2.5%. The World Bank projects that the Russian economy could shrink nearly 2% in 2014. That would cost Russia in the neighborhood of $30 billion in lost economic output.
Meanwhile, the Russian government’s bid [...]
The U.S., which has only recently woken to the threat facing Ukraine, has been even slower to appreciate Moldova’s equally precarious position. Barack Obama’s administration is moving now to bring Moldova into the Western fold. The EU is, in tentative and not entirely confidence-building ways, also trying to signal to Putin that Moldova is not [...]
The highly respected writer, Niall Ferguson, warned that, “President Obama’s policy of non-intervention, or, as he puts it, his being “resolved only to avoid being George W Bush,” resembles the incoherent foreign policies of British Liberals a century ago before the First World War.”
Brad Williams, a professor of Asian and International Studies at [...]
The United States is said to have disclosed that Saudi King Abdullah was dying.
Diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama relayed a photograph that showed Abdullah with a breathing tube, Middle East Newsline reported.
“The Saudis specifically did not want any photograph that showed Abdullah with the tube,” a source said. [...]
The actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin, first in annexing Crimea and, second by seeking to destabilize and even envelop the eastern provinces of Ukraine, are not about some local territory dispute whose origins are lost in the mists of ancient history, but one in which Americans should take an interest. The Kremlin’s onslaught strikes [...]
The folks in Eastern Europe know it. The folks in Western Europe know it, the folks in Israel know it, heck, the entire Middle East knows it!
The Ukraine is gone — at least the eastern region and, most likely, the entire country. Just as the Crimea fell to Russian might, so will the Ukraine. [...]
The United States is on the brink of committing a cardinal sin in foreign policy: antagonizing two major powers simultaneously. There are frictions in bilateral ties with both Moscow and Beijing that have reached alarming levels over the past year or so. It is a disturbing development that could cause major geopolitical headaches for Washington [...]
Relations between the United States and Russia have hit a low point since Moscow annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. Many analysts are wondering whether the two sides are returning to a new Cold War.
The “first” Cold War lasted roughly from the end of World War Two in 1945 to the collapse of the [...]
One of China’s largest ever labor strikes is likely to continue and could fuel more unrest across the country, observers say.
About 30,000 workers for shoemaker Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd. continued the strike for a fourth day on Thursday in protest of unpaid social insurance and housing assistance. Hundreds of police [...]