Rosneft’s deep ties to Venezuela and Russia’s efforts to insert itself into the crisis there together raise questions about whether the country’s leadership is acting to preserve national or corporate and private interests.
Russia is primed to benefit economically from an influx of foreign investment in Syria, but an emerging rivalry with China and Iran for contracts could erode its long-term leverage.
The United States should pragmatically continue to engage China where possible, while cultivating a coalition based on shared interests and values to hedge against Beijing’s unconstructive behavior.
U.S. officials think scrapping the arms control agreement will help check Chinese power. But without allied support, leaving the treaty will only weaken U.S. relationships and play into Beijing’s hands.
Russia’s violation of the INF Treaty is a serious problem. However, U.S. withdrawal from the treaty without an effective strategy to focus political blame and strategic pressure on Russia, and to unify allies in a shared effort to stabilize alarming military competitions, would be counterproductive.
Russia has continued to try extending its influence in Lebanon, despite Beirut’s political and economic woes.
What would it take to make Russia more comfortable with its neighbors, the EU, and NATO?
The fate of the INF Treaty is a wake-up call to arms controllers and strategists on both sides of the East-West divide.
Drawing on a trove of newly declassified cables and memos, this book gives readers a rare inside look at U.S. diplomacy in action.
The U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty poses significant implications for the future of European security, risking dangerous arms racing behavior among U.S., European, and Russian militaries.