Tag Archives: Russia

Russian Sanctions, China, and the Arctic

Russia’s souring relations with the West have given China an Arctic opening.

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Saudi Arabia Using Oil as Weapon

With ongoing proxy wars in Syria and Iraq, Saudi Arabia risks instigating an oil war with Russia and Iran -- a war that the kingdom can perhaps win in the short term. But like sectarian conflict, Saudi actions threaten to spark a conflagration that can spin out of everyone's control.

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New Era in Russia-Pakistan Relations?

Bilateral ties have long been rocky, but a recent defense deal marks a turning point.

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Pakistan Has World’s Fastest-growing Nuclear Program

A new reports by a leading U.S. think tank warns that unresolved territorial disputes, cross-border terrorism, and growing nuclear arsenals are threatening South Asia’s strategic nuclear stability. It notes that Pakistan has the fastest-growing nuclear program in the world.

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Uzbekistan’s Elite Keep Profiting from Forced Labor

Uzbekistan still depends on cotton exports driven by what amounts to slave labor. A new report brings this practice to light.

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Understanding Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Future

China has been attempting to shape a non-Western security grouping to counterbalance NATO and allow it more room for military action in Asia. The SCO, often dubbed the Asian NATO, has been dominated by Russia and China. Expanding the SCO is imperative to securing the Central Asian gas pipelines, many of which run through Chinese territory and are threatened by insurgencies that compromise their construction.

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The Origins of Russia’s New Conflict with the West

Neither Russia nor the West expected such a deep – and for now irreparable – crisis in their relations. The West responded to the annexation of Crimea and to Russia’s egregious violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty with economic sanctions. Putin’s abrupt policy moves, aggravated by the sanctions, precipitated Russia’s economic and social decline. But the West has been unable to make …

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Ukraine and Europe May Face Gas Crisis This Winter

Even with the established reverse flow capacity from Europe, accumulated gas in Ukrainian gas storages, and reduced consumption in the industrial sector due economic collapse and war in the east, Ukraine might still face a severe gas shortage this coming winter, risking the security of supplies to all of Europe.

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U.S. Human Spaceflight Beyond 2014

In the decades since the last Moon landing in 1972, America’s horizons have shrunk and withered. Human spaceflight remains a core American success, but it has lost direction and, since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, basic capability.

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Latin America Lures Asia’s Big Powers

Considered as the United States’ backyard for most of the twentieth century, Latin America today is a place where major powers seek to exercise a growing influence and find a steady supply of energy and natural resources as well as markets and investment outlets.

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