But the bitter truth is that Russia did not reform its ambitions in 1991. The Kremlin has always retained its imperialist outlook.
While modern Germany has forsworn militarism and empire, and is liked and admired even by countries such as Poland, which suffered horribly at Hitler’s hands, Russia has not. Putin believes its historic destiny [...]
Putin wants to establish a revanchist Russian empire, not one founded on ideology but on racketeering; his current approach to Ukraine might be described as the permanent revolution of the Mafia state.
He wants to eradicate the post-Soviet ideal of a Europe “whole and free,” as George H. W. Bush once nicely termed it, to [...]
Today’s drift toward war with Russia seems like a replay of the past. Putin is a Russian nationalist, who believes in a strong Stalinist state. His goal is to reverse the events of 1989–the end of the Soviet state and dissolution of its enormous empire. He seeks to do this by using what remains of [...]
“And without prosperity, the only remaining basis of legitimacy is nationalism.”
There is something very wrong in China at the moment. China, I believe, has just passed an inflection point. Until recently, everything was going its way. Now, however, it seems all its problems are catching up with the Chinese state at the same time.
The revolution in Ukraine and Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea have generated a serious security crisis in Europe. But, with Western leaders testing a new kind of financial warfare, the situation could become even more dangerous.
Politicians began to grasp the potential consequences of financial vulnerability only in 1907, when they faced a financial [...]
“I think that if Russia opts to pursue these aggressive goals further, experts will conclude that this is a revival of the Cold War. But let me also add something: Putin is redefining the international order.“
Ambassador Paula Dobriansky served as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs from 2001 to 2009, [...]
“The most serious threat we see right now is war preparations,” Säpo chief counter-intelligence analyst Wilhelm Unge said at a press conference on Monday. While stressing that such preparations did not necessarily mean anything dramatic, he said: “It’s no secret that Russia is engaged in this. It’s a little bit worrying.” Unge said [...]
Analysis: Palestinians may soon be the ones to threaten US (and Israel) by inviting Russia to the negotiating table as a partner and mediator.
Change in balance of power
Under these circumstances, it’s only natural that the Kremlin is interested in expanding its (very limited) global circle of friends, and that the Palestinians are [...]
A rude awakening to a new world order is nearer than we think, with Russia finally emerging as a global power, believes Didier Duret, who advises private clients of ABN Amro, the Dutch bank.
State-sponsored showboating in Sochi and military action against a weaker neighbour [...]
The foundations of the US-sponsored global security system are crumbling. Prospective state and non-state challengers are steadily improving their ability to deny the United States, and its major allies, effective access to vital portions of the sea, air, space, and cyber domains. As their relative capability wanes and operational constraints accumulate, the deterrent value of [...]