It should not be misinterpreted as a lack of patriotism or skepticism about the armed forces.
The Maldives has sought to strengthen ties with India, yet the political opposition is seeking to wean the country off this relationship. Will the heated rhetoric have an impact?
The multiple crises that Europe is currently faced with provide plenty of opportunities for Germany to lead the way on crucial policy issues rather than wait to be pushed.
This week on Sinica, in lieu of the regular show we present a keynote address given by Evan Feigenbaum, VP for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, at the recent East Asia Strategy Forum, held on November 1-2 in Ottawa, Canada.
Ukraine’s biggest problem may not be the military threat posed by Mr. Putin’s army, significant though that will remain, but rather coping with the destruction Russia’s attacks wreak on its economy.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is forcing France to shift its attention to European defense. This direction could benefit both the EU and NATO.
Two happy events of the past week occurred on opposite ends of the world, and yet are closely linked to one another. Francis Fukuyama on the U.S. midterm elections and the Ukrainian liberation of Kherson.
What makes the situation so hazardous is President Vladimir Putin’s mercurial and impulsive decision making. From the start, the war in Ukraine has provided numerous examples of Putin’s emotional overreactions to events, and of his miscalculations.
Other examples suggest we should be cautious: being defeated in Kuwait in 1991 did not bring down Saddam Hussein, and Slobodan Milosevic’s nationalist regime survived the routing of Serb forces in Croatia and Bosnia. However, even if large-scale failures in Ukraine do not bring down Putin, they may change the face of his regime.