“We should be aware that no society is invulnerable and that every society in the history of the world has ultimately collapsed.”
Consider this, if you would: a network of far-flung, powerful, high-tech civilizations closely tied by trade and diplomatic embassies; an accelerating threat of climate change and its pressure on food production; a rising [...]
As tensions spike between China and other countries in Asia’s disputed waters, serving and retired Chinese military officers as well as state media are questioning whether China’s armed forces are too corrupt to fight and win a war.
A slew of articles in official media in recent months have drawn parallels with the rampant graft [...]
´… the Russian leadership now “sees the U.S. goal as being not so much stopping the Russian support for the Donbas rebels, or even getting Moscow to withdraw from Crimea, but as the toppling of the Putin regime by means of economic pain and popular discontent wrought by the sanctions,”´
History in its perversity often—actually, [...]
The MH-17 tragedy and Moscow’s behaviour in Ukraine underscore the risks of the strategies revisionist powers are deploying to subvert the status quo from Eastern Europe to the South China Sea. While these strategies are diverse in their methods and objectives, they are marked by the same central assumption: so long as the stakes are [...]
In terms of the military balance between East and West, none of this matters a whit. But in terms of what it says about how the Russians (and not just President Vladimir Putin) view a future war in Europe, it’s deeply troubling.
To understand all this, we have to go back to the [...]
Nonetheless, a widely held belief, one that is repeated ad nauseam by Chinese officials and think tankers is that every U.S. policy move affecting China is part of a concerted strategy of containment aimed at preventing China’s reemergence. Thus, Japan’s reinterpretation of its constitution to allow collective self-defense as part of a new security policy [...]
“In 10 years’ time, a world map of 2014 may look terribly dated. The prospect is terrifying. Not because today’s borders are better, but because any border-quake causes chaos and misery.”
Border-watchers are the seismologists of geopolitics. And lately, we’ve begun to notice a lot of fault lines.
The boundaries that separate states are shifting [...]
Russia and the West appear to be moving ever closer to full economic warfare as U.S. and EU leaders prepare new and harsher sanctions on the Russian economy and Russian lawmakers discuss legislation that would give authorities in Moscow the ability to eject companies from Russia if they are headquartered in “aggressor nations” – defined [...]
Today’s global tensions echo the lead-up to World War I. Could this be the end for our world order?
Fast forward a century, and the parallels are striking.
Like 100 years ago, the international system is coming unglued. …
Like in 1914, extreme ideologies are currently on the march. …
Similarly, today the world [...]
“The ultimate goal is regime change, and we would be fools not to see that.”
Many leading foreign policy advisers to Putin say that Ukraine is merely an excuse for US-led sanctions, and that Washington is bent on ‘regime change’ in Russia.
The real reasons that US-Russia acrimony has been inexorably building, they say, [...]