Despite his mastery of reductionist flattery and "unlimited devotion" to Putin, the speaker of the State Duma likely isn't a member of the Russian president's inner-most circle. Still, he may have a shot at the Kremlin when Putin steps down.
While the fighting in Ukraine is on land, and thus very different from the maritime battlefield that would surround Taiwan, there are still many things this island nation can learn from Ukraine's defensive operations.
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Kissinger’s Post-War Vision Puts Ukraine in NATO but Also Has an ‘Opening to Russia’
While advocating for Ukraine’s inclusion in NATO on the second day of WEF-2023, Kissinger prioritized “preventing the war from escalating” and from “becoming a war against Russia.”
The opposing sides have adopted two opposing strategies: Russians are fighting a traditional firepower-centric war of attrition; Ukraine is pursuing a terrain-focused war of maneuver. These opposing strategies are as much a product of national resour...
NPR 2022 Recognizes Importance of Risk Reduction, Falls Short on Reducing Role of Nukes
The latest Nuclear Posture Review maintains focus on both nuclear modernization and arms control/risk reduction as essential elements of deterrence but, in a way, seems to have broadened the role of nuclear weapons.
Divided in the Face of Defeat: The Schism Forming in the Russian Elite
Russia is heading toward a final battle between the radicals, for whom escalation is a way of life, and the realists, who understand that continuing to up the ante could lead to their country’s collapse.