Tag Archives: Russia

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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Intervention, Evasion, Destabilization

If Libya, Syria and Iraq are coming undone and Ukraine has been gravely destabilized, it is the result of interventions by big powers that claim to be international law enforcers when, in reality, they are lawbreakers.

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Denying French Warships to Russia

The odds of NATO collectively buying the French ships are still low. This is due to both the over-riding economic concerns among European nations domestically and the timidity of many European allies to give Putin the impression that they are taking a bellicose response to Russian expansionism. But if the downing of flight MH17 truly is a game-changer, then this collective response by NATO is not a bad way to start changing the game.

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MH17 Disaster: Were Russia’s ‘Little Green Men’ Involved?

If the international scrutiny and investigation of MH17 disaster establishes a direct link to Russia, the unintended consequences of supporting separatism via “hybrid warfare” in Eastern Ukraine will have immense ramifications for Russia’s international standing in general and relations with the West in particular.

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Chinese Loans And Russian Influence in Kazakhstan

Members of the Russian-led EaEU are scheduled to establish the legal and regulatory framework to create a Single Economic Space by January 2015. But Kazakhstan has become increasingly wary of Russia’s political influence. Kazakhstan is constrained politically by the far superior military power of its northern neighbor. Most of Kazakhstan’s population along the Russia–Kazakhstan border are ethnic Russians. Fears within Kazakhstan about Moscow’s intentions have heightened due to Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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An Insight into Putin’s Russia

Confronting western sanctions, Russia’s foreign policy is undergoing a drastic change from its previous premise that a close strategic partnership with China was not beneficial for Russia. ‘Pragmatism’ now favors flexible geo-political maneuvering and an 1800 turn for a solid alliance with China, is symbolized by the recent China-Russia massive gas deal. 

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The End of American World Order?

In a multiplex world, while the U.S. will remain a major force in world affairs, it would lack the ability to shape world order after its own interests and image. As a result, the U.S. will be one of a number of anchors including emerging powers, regional forces, and a concert of the old and new powers shaping a new world order.

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The End of the New World Order

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and ongoing intimidation of Ukraine appears to mean the end of a 25-year period whose hallmark was an effort to bring Russia into greater alignment with Euro-Atlantic goals and traditions. Now the question is: What comes next?   As the weeks pass, it is increasingly clear that the challenge is not so much Ukraine – which …

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European Crisis over Ukraine and Its Impact on NATO, China

The debate has continued over what more NATO and European Union can do to punish Russia for taking over Crimea and to stop it from going any further. History is replete with similar scenarios with one or the other European power over stretching itself based on false sense of the ground situation, while attempting to change borders and correct history. …

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The Ukrainian Crisis and Japan’s Dilemma

The timing of the Ukrainian crisis could not have been worse for Japan, as it presented Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with the tactical dilemma of whether or not to fall in line with the international community by imposing sanctions against Russia.   So far, Japan’s reaction has been lukewarm compared to the response of the United States and the European …

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