A summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have been the only way to change the diplomatic dynamic between North Korea and the U.S. Whether this high risk approach will work remains to be seen.
With Trump and Kim Jong Un, there’s a risk even a getting-to-know you meeting may go wrong. Even so, the Singapore summit is likely to be a success.
Putin is less interested in President Nicolás Maduro and his regime than in using him as a thorn in Washington’s side. Venezuela’s crisis provides Putin with a like-minded collaborator eager to denounce the United States.
As U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, Michael McFaul had a front-row seat as the relationship began to unravel in the wake of Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency six years ago. What went wrong? Could today’s tensions have been avoided?
Nazarbayev needs to interest other powers to avoid overdependence on China.
Souring attitudes toward the United States throughout Latin America have opened opportunities for Moscow to stoke anti-U.S. sentiment and advance its own interests.
The resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan after eleven days of peaceful protest was a genuine expression of the will of the people. Yet Armenia’s economic and security challenges mean that preserving this moment for democracy will require tremendous effort.
The breakdown in Moscow’s relations with the West has resulted in its major geopolitical pivot to Asia and the pursuit of an even closer relationship with China.
In the past, arms control has served as a continuation of politics. Yet amid the U.S.-Russian standoff today, there is no guarantee that logic will continue to apply.
Gabriel Gorodetsky presents the recently published diaries of the Soviet Ambassador in London from 1932-43. Not only was Ivan Maisky a confidant of top officials and politicians in his host capital, but he oversaw Soviet-British relations during the onset and early years of WWII.