“What’s going on is a radical escalation of aggressive Russian muscle flexing and posturing designed to demonstrate that Russia is no longer a defeated power of the Cold War era,”
Russian military provocations have increased so much over the seven months since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine that Washington and its allies are scrambling defense [...]
“The United States, in turn, is looking to step up its own game. Policymakers are considering giving global companies a choice: stop providing long-term financing and energy assistance to major Russian companies or be kicked out of the U.S. financial system.”
With sanctions beginning to bite, Russia is starting to play a new economic game. [...]
“All three make the claim that Russia is ready for a confrontation with the West and for a new rendition of the Cold War”
When senior Soviet officials wanted to set down the ideological or conceptual framework by which citizens should understand current events, they issued statements that were called “attitudinal papers” to guide national policy and that came replete [...]
“First, the next American president and his or her advisers will need to face up to the fact that a policy of forbearance [patient self-control; restraint and tolerance] toward China has now been tried and has failed.”
“However, China’s response since 2008 to forbearance has been clear: [...]
“The Hurun Report, a magazine in Shanghai about China’s wealthy elite, estimates that almost two-thirds of the country’s millionaires have already emigrated or plan to do so.”
Arcadia is a concentrated version of what’s happening across the U.S. The Hurun Report, a magazine in Shanghai about China’s wealthy elite, estimates that almost two-thirds of the [...]
Exposure to the democratic world is no guarantee that an individual will develop any kind of sensitivity towards its values or outlook. It can have the exact opposite effect — creating the contrast needed to sharpen an individual’s conservatism, as in the case of Qutb or Atta, or fueling visions of a violent revolutionary alternative, [...]
In an interview with CNBC today, Russia’s Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev accused President Barack Obama of suffering from a “mental aberration.”
Late last month at a United Nations General Assembly meeting Obama slammed Russia, saying it poses the same kind of threat to the world that ISIS and Ebola do.
In return Medvedev today said, [...]
In this interview Putin is giving some suggestions that US blackmail over Ukraine could bring further problems affecting strategic stability between the major nuclear powers. At a minimum this implies a further escalation of conflict between the two powers unless the US and European end sanctions against Russia. Since Putin likes to mention “nuclear” a [...]
In stark contrast to White House policy, a top Japanese general on Tuesday said the U.S. military rebalance of forces to the Pacific should confront Chinese aggression in the region.
Japanese Gen. Kiyofumi Iwata, chief of staff of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force, said that “some countries want to change the status quo by force” in [...]
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 [...]