“Three times in the past two months, he [Putin] has raised the spectre of nuclear war as he confronts the West.”
And since that exchange, the humour has drained away. Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, has put his country’s 5000 nuclear warheads at the forefront. Three times in the past two months, he has raised the [...]
“Yet, could something even worse be on the horizon—a conflict with more-severe global ramifications?”
It seems these days the world is literally on fire. Conflict continues on and off in Ukraine, there are tensions throughout the Asia-Pacific, Ebola is on the rampage, ISIS continues its bloody war of attrition throughout Syria, into Iraq and on [...]
“The view from Moscow is uninviting — A new cold war with the West is in the making; Russia is under attack and will use all means at its disposal to resist, including the nuclear option.”
“Under mounting Western pressure this year, Russian leaders have been repeatedly and unambiguously reminding the West of the ultimate [...]
But as I stand on the deck filming my report on how “the US is practising for war with China”, I can see my host from the Navy public affairs office wincing.
You get used to hearing the PR rhetoric: the US Navy “is not practising for war with any specific country”. But the US [...]
“Most alarming is the high level of anticipation for war among the Chinese public. And thanks in part to an endless parade of World War II television dramas, the target is clear: Japan.”
“A defense academic warns the nation to prepare for World War III.”
A professor of classical music in Beijing startled me in [...]
“… how real is the threat of war?”
“By having this overall tension heightened, there’s an increased likelihood of a small spark in one of the existing disputes igniting a bigger crisis.”
“When leading [Chinese] think tank experts tell you: “Look there’s fires all around us, what are we supposed to do?”, then, that is [...]
More than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan, according to a recent poll.
The survey, conducted by Japanese non-governmental organisation Genron and state-run newspaper China Daily, revealed that 53.4% of Chinese people believe a conflict will happen, with many thinking it will occur “within the next five years”.
It is currently fashionable to use the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War for all sorts of comparisons reaching from power dynamics in East Asia to the Euro Crisis. As the Ukrainian crisis coincides with the 100th anniversary of the First World War, there is also plenty of opportunity to think about [...]
But Putin would never actually use nuclear weapons, would he?
The scientist and longtime Putin critic Andrei Piontkovsky, a former executive director of the Strategic Studies Center in Moscow a political commentator for the BBC World Service, believes he might.
… In August, Piontkovsky published a [...]
“Cold war dynamics are rushing back, and the danger is that heated rhetoric and symbolic gestures of today can become tripwires for disaster tomorrow, experts say.”
“So, we’re making this turn to self-isolation and a tense new cold war situation, which at any point could erupt into hot war.“
NATO’s plans for a ‘rapid response’ [...]