The US Treasury faces a more formidable prey with Russia, the world’s biggest producer of energy with a $2 trillion economy, superb scientists and a first-strike nuclear arsenal
The United States has constructed a financial neutron bomb. For the past 12 years an elite cell at the US Treasury has been sharpening the tools of [...]
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 [...]
Outside Russia’s already vast borders Putin is throwing down a momentous challenge to the rest of the world: “What if Russia drops all this namby-pamby European soft-power rubbish and decides instead to reclaim one way or the other historic Russian lands?”
Vladimir Putin’s audacity lies in nonchalantly stepping over legal structures and values that [...]
The military flexibility that President Barack Obama assured Russian President Vladimir Putin he would gain upon his re-election must be yielding everything the Kremlin leader could possibly have hoped for.
As Russia continues to ignore international agreements, invade sovereign land, and expand its warfare arsenal, U.S. nuclear forces are being cut back four years ahead [...]
“The main purpose of the launch is to validate the reliability of a batch of this class of missiles made at the Votkinsk Plant,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Yegorov told state-run Interfax-AVN.
An unspecified number of simulated nuclear warheads landed at an impact range on the Kura test range on the Kamchatka Peninsula, in the [...]
Russia is at increasing risk of a full-blown financial crisis as the West tightens sanctions and Russian meddling in Ukraine pushes the region towards conflagration.
The country’s private companies have been shut out of global capital markets almost entirely since the crisis erupted, causing a serious credit crunch and raising concerns that firms may not [...]
Vladimir Putin is basking in the glory of territorial conquest, enjoying his highest domestic approval ratings since returning as president two years ago.
But he should take time to consider whether the foundations of Russian power are as stable as he would like us to believe.
As an act of geopolitical [...]
Churchill acknowledged the popularity of Chamberlain’s appeasement but correctly labeled it a defeat:
The authoritarian powers, Russia and China, have the initiative and are on the move. They are, in turn, watched by a regional provocateur, Iran, which has its own visions of Middle Eastern hegemony. The Western European democracies and Japan, after years of [...]
For Yuriy Sergeyev, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations, the last 72 hours of Russia’s stage-managed separatist ferment in Ukraine’s eastern and southern regions don’t remind him of Moscow’s invasion and annexation of Crimea in March. That’s because the diplomat’s
memory goes back much further than that. “The Soviet Union organized separatist movements, [...]
Russia’s officials now say that roughly $100 billion will leave the country this year, up from a previous estimate of $25 billion. For Russia, the outflow of capital is not a dire situation. That’s because it has loads of foreign reserves and runs regular—although diminishing—foreign account surpluses. (In other [...]