How will the relationship between Russia and China affect the future trajectory of Ukraine? This article will appear in a book on the militarization of Russian foreign policy, to be published by the McGill University Press in the fall of 2016.
My thoughts on Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine and Syria.
This article draws on the material used in a five-part blog series on World War IV that was in turn based on a presentation given at a CDA Institute Roundtable in Ottawa on 10 June 2015.
The other night as I was watching Russia’s main TV channel, it occurred to me that westerners who are not in a position to access and comprehend Russian TV might be interested in knowing what are its main themes and takes.
On 9 May 2015, Russia celebrated its victory over Nazi Germany in World War II with a colossal victory parade. While this was an important milestone for Russia and indeed the rest of the world, the victory celebration passed over some highly uncomfortable truths.
Does a statement by the head of French Military Intelligence before the Assemblée nationale presage a change in Paris’s support for the sanctions regime against Russia?
What does the 11 February meeting in the Belarusian capital with French President Hollande, German Chancellor Merkel, Ukrainian President Poroshenko and his Russian homologue Vladimir Putin have in common with an encounter that took place in Munich in September 1938.
President Obama is not Neville Chamberlain’s but his handling of the Ukraine crisis is reminiscent of the British Prime Minister’s approach to Hitler Germany ‘s expansionism at the end of the 1930s.
How would President Putin read the results of the recent NATO Summit held in Wales? For my take, read this blog.
Vladimir Putin’s ideology has three basic tenets. The first is that Russia has a right and a responsibility to protect Russian speakers outside the country, no matter what. The second is that Russia’s natural borders have been reduced by questionable diplomatic and political deals that must be reversed. The third is that Russia, like the America he recently criticised for just this reason, is an exceptional country. For Putin, Russia has a historical calling to reshape not only post-Soviet realities but also spaces beyond.