Ukraine Crisis: Russian Roulette in Space? | quotes Joan Johnson-Freese
"It certainly increases the impetus for the United States to lessen its dependence on the increasingly fickle and prickly (Pres. Vladimir) Putin's Russia," Joan Johnson-Freese, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island, wrote in an email to Discovery News.
Obama Must Choose What Comes Next for U.S.-Russia | by Nikolas Gvosdev
World Politics Review
It’s safe to say that the U.S.-Russia reset is now dead and buried. It was already losing steam, in part because the low-hanging fruit it offered had already been harvested—and because many of the “concessions” made by both sides at the high point of the reset in 2010 and 2011 were decisions that Moscow or Washington would have taken anyway.
Demystifying China's Defence Spending: Less Mysterious in the Aggregate | by Andrew Erickson
The China Quarterly
China's limited transparency concerning its defence spending harms strategic trust, but foreign analysts often lose sight of important realities. Specific details remain unclear, but China's defence spending overall is no mystery – it supports PLA modernization and personnel development as well as its announced objectives of securing China's homeland and asserting control over contested territorial and maritime claims, with a focus on the Near Seas (the Yellow, East, and South China seas).
What does the crisis in Crimea mean for US-Russia relations? | interview with Tom Nichols
Russia’s invasion of the Ukrainian peninsula Crimea has prompted a foreign-policy crisis with important national security and economic consequences. Is it the beginning of another cold war between two nuclear-armed countries? GlobalPost talked to Thomas Nichols, professor of national security affairs at the US Naval War College, about the implications.
Ukraine's Complex Place in U.S.-Russian Relations | by Nikolas Gvosdev
The National Interest
With the situation in Crimea having the potential to spiral out of control and Ukraine again emerging as a battleground between Russia and the West, the Obama administration may soon come to rue the expulsion of Viktor Yanukovych as president—unless his replacement is able to restore the balance between East and West, and in a fashion that can satisfy the expectations of the people of Ukraine for a more transparent, less corrupt government.
Ukraine and the Failure of Strategic Ambiguity | by Nikolas Gvosdev
The National Interest
The ongoing crisis in Ukraine is the final nail in the coffin of a Western strategy of "strategic ambiguity" with regards to the states of post-Soviet Eurasia--an approach that had already been seriously compromised in the wake of the 2008 clash between Russia and Georgia.
NATO must deter Putin through strength | by Tom Fedyszyn
The news coming from Ukraine is both increasingly depressing and disturbing. Experts in search of historical precedents hark back to the Russian invasion and occupation of territory formerly held by Georgia in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. And for good reason, too, because we might be witnessing a carbon copy of this 2008 Russian adventure.
The South China Sea Disputes: Formula for a Paradigm Shift | quotes Raul Pedrozo
Our proposal that China bring its maritime claims into conformity with international law and UNCLOS in particular has been critiqued by Professor Raul ‘Pete’ Pedrozo of the US Naval War College as “problematic” and “counterproductive”. We beg to differ. While he offers an interesting perspective and is entitled to his own views of China’s policy on the South China Sea, we believe that several of his points warrant a rejoinder.