According to the survey, 65 per cent of Europeans and 47 per cent of Americans view Chinese leadership in world affairs as undesirable. Some 42 per cent of Americans and 26 per cent of Europeans think it desirable.
The survey found similarly low levels of support for Russian leadership in world affairs. Some 65 [...]
It is a funny sort of paranoid fantasy, the notion that the United States might place nuclear weapons on missile defense interceptors and use them to decapitate the Russian leadership in Moscow. But I suspect this is the rub. The simplest explanation for Russia’s overwhelming concern with missile defense is that the General Staff fears [...]
AS members of the Russian punk-rock band Pussy Riot appeal their two-year prison sentence for a political protest in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, a pale of repression is settling over their country. This crackdown is wrapped in legislative garb, but the iron grip of authoritarianism is unmistakable.
Vladimir Putin’s tightening of the [...]
NATO leaders launched Sunday the first phase of a US-led missile shield for Europe, risking the wrath of Russia which has threatened to deploy rockets to EU borders in response.
A NATO official told AFP that US President Barack Obama and his allies “just decided” at a Chicago summit to put a US warship armed [...]
‘He acts like he thinks the Cold War’s still on,” Vice President Joe Biden said when Mitt Romney recently called Russia America’s No. 1 geopolitical foe. “I don’t know where he’s been.” Actually, he’s been right here—paying attention.
The vice president may be surprised to learn that there are as many Russian intelligence officers operating [...]
This could set the stage for a new version of the Cold War, though it would not be as long-lived as the previous one. Putin’s other reason for re-establishing some kind of Russian empire is that he knows the next crisis to affect Russia most likely will keep the country from ever resurging again: Russia [...]
While events in the Middle East continue to dominate headlines, one of the cornerstones of the Obama administration’s foreign policy is coming loose—and few are paying attention.
U.S.-Russia relations have witnessed a flurry of activity in recent weeks that threatens to undermine one of President Obama’s central foreign policy initiatives—the “reset.” The administration claims that [...]
Why is the Russian leadership taking such a strong and sudden interest in the Kurils, which had never been visited by any high-ranking officials in the past? And why are the Japanese so intent on regaining the four southernmost Kuril Islands while laying no claim to any of the 52 others? Finally, why is the [...]
The article below shows a Russia very much thinking about nuclear war with the West. Here is the thinking of Russian leadership: Stay out of our backyard, or prepare for an all-out nuclear war.
Russia challenges west with nuclear overhaul | World news | The Guardian [Published Sept., 2008]
“This is very significant. Right now [...]
Rising Unemployment and Growing Social Unrest
The crisis has also exacerbated social tensions in Russia. So far, no serious threat to the regime has materialized, despite a wave of spontaneous strikes and the use of SWAT teams to put down a demonstration in Vladivostok. Notably, the Russian leadership showed the limits to its tolerance of [...]