The upcoming summit of the presidents of Russia and the United States has raised hopes for an improvement in Russian-American relations.
Determining whether trade-offs in some areas of military capability are worth both the stability they may create, the costs savings they may produce, and the benefits to alliance management that come with effectively negotiated agreements is a complicated task that mixes military and strategic considerations and, of course, domestic politics.
The forced landing in Minsk of a Ryanair flight to Vilnius last month has prompted a predictable chorus of demands for yet more sanctions against the authoritarian regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
These lawmakers represent states with a direct interest in pouring billions into modernizing and building new weapons.
Putin’s intervention in the Syrian civil war to protect Christians and other religious minorities, including Shiites and Druze, crushed Erdogan’s hopes of transforming Syria into a Sunni Islamist state under Turkish protection.
In May-June 1988 United States president Ronald Reagan visited the USSR and participated in a five day Moscow summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The following is an abridged version of their joint statement…
Bombastic ideological phrases have always seemed to me to mask a deep underlying lack of confidence – something all too often fully justified by the results.
If the United States stops protecting its closest allies, it won’t be a catastrophe. It’ll be exactly what they needed.
Turn on any of the advocacy media outlets and you see panels of former CIA officials. None however is more egregious than John Brennan, former director, who for years touted Russiagate when he knew from information gathered while he was still in office that it was all fake.
Intervention might be tempting, especially after a civilian plane was forced down to arrest a journalist, but grave caution is advised.