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This is How the Space Race Changed the Great Power Rivalry Forever

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The zeal the United States and USSR had to outperform one another in the Space Race was beneficial to scientific progress. Martand Jha The National Interest The Space Race between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics post World War II was a tipping point in the history of mankind. This superpower race intensified the Cold War rivalry because for the first time mankind was looking to compete in the arena of space. Dominance over space and ... Read More »

Central Asia’s Silk Road Rivalries

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Russia’s and China’s separate visions for Central Asia could transform the region’s political and economic landscape as well as relations between the two Eurasian giants. ICG To the smaller, embryonic Central Asian nation states, the new geopolitical realities could offer both economic prosperity as well as worsening instability and conflict. Executive Summary Two new regional initiatives potentially could transform Central Asia’s political landscape. China’s Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB), launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, offers multi-billion dollar investments ... Read More »

Chinese Warships Enter Baltic Sea — For Drills With Russia

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As NATO exercises in the Black Sea Russia welcomes the Chinese navy A Chinese naval squadron has sailed into the Baltic Sea to join the Russian navy for annual two-nation drills. RI The Chinese squadron consists of a supply ship, missile frigate and a Type 052D destroyer. The latter is the most advanced guided missile destroyer in Chinese service which is highly significant: “By sending its most advanced guided-missile destroyers, China is expressing its sincerity to Russia and… Chinese Warships Enter… Read More »

Montenegro to open coup plot trial

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Two pro-Russian opposition leaders in Montenegro and 12 other suspects will go on trial July 19 over their role in an alleged attempt to overthrow the… Hurriyet Montenegrin police arrested a group of Serbian nationals on the eve of a general election in October, accusing them of planning to storm parliament and target the then prime minister, pro… Authorities allege that “Russian state bodies” were involved in the conspiracy in a bid to prevent Montenegro from… Montenegro to open… Read More »

Can Kurt Volker Solve the Ukraine Crisis?

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Kurt Volker, widely known as a tough-minded and accomplished diplomat, confronts his biggest challenge in working to implement the… Curt Mills The National Interest As Donald Trump spoke with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Hamburg late last week, his State Department announced the appointment of a… His mandate is to help implement the Minsk agreements. Kurt Volker is widely respected as an accomplished diplomat, but in Ukraine he confronts his… Can Kurt Volker… Read More »

US, Russia disagree over what Trump and Putin actually said to each other

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Hamburg, Germany (CNN) President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for over two hours Friday afternoon, discussing interference in US elections and ending with an… By Dan Merica and Kevin Liptak CNN But a diplomatic dust-up immediately broke out after the session when Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Trump accepted Putin’s assurances there was no… The dispute only underscores the challenges that remain in the… US, Russia disagree… Read More »

Top Democrat: Working with Russia on cybersecurity is akin to ‘inviting the North Koreans’ to discuss nuclear proliferation

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Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, disregarded the notion of the Trump administration establishing a bilateral “working group” with Russia to crack down on… David Choi  Business Insider “The establishment of a working group as reported by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to study how to curb cyber interference in elections in which the Russians would play any… “It tacitly adopts the fiction that the Russians are a… Top Democrat: Working… Read More »

North Korean missile launch pits China and Russia against the US

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Analysis There’s a saying in politics: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” North Korea’s missile test is indeed a crisis — and a test of Donald Trump’s still-young presidency. Ben Knight  ABC But he is being outmanoeuvred by Russia and China, who have teamed up against the United States to achieve a mutual goal: weakening the US military presence on their doorstep. Both Russia and China have a land border with North Korea. For China especially, North Korea ... Read More »

Nuclear Weapons: Who Has What at a Glance

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At the dawn of the nuclear age, the United States hoped to maintain a monopoly on its new weapon, but the secrets and the technology for making nuclear weapons soon spread. Arms Control Association The United States conducted its first nuclear test explosion in July 1945 and dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Just four years later, the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear test explosion. The United Kingdom (1952), France (1960), ... Read More »

Russia’s ‘balanced’ approach to China, ASEAN has its limits

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Moscow will remain friendly with ASEAN countries up to a point – its “strategic partnership” with Beijing is its clear priority Sergei Blagov Asia Times During recent top-level meetings at the Kremlin, Russia’s authorities have appeared keen, on the face of things, to continue balancing ties with China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). However, Moscow’s “strategic partnership” with Beijing remains the… Following the Kremlin meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and… Russia’s ‘balanced’ approach… Read More »

The Real Ukrainian Solution Is Federalism

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Why is the mere discussion of federalism often equated with treason? Nicolai N. Petro The Nation This week the city council of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, along with the Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes and several other prominent organizations, will sponsor “#ShukhevychFest”—a celebration of the 110th anniversary of the birth of Roman Shukhevych, the last commander of the… By unfortunate coincidence this festival begins on June 30, the very… The Real Ukrainian… Read More »

Macron says France will not recognize Crimea ‘annexation’

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PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron said Monday France refuses to recognize Russia’s “annexation” of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. AFP Arab News Speaking after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Paris, Macron said: “France is committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty with its recognized borders.” Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday visited Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014, in a trip that Kiev condemned as a… Macron says France… Read More »

It Took Two to Make Russian Meddling Effective

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A Washington Post report on 2016 election interference raises the question: What could Obama have done differently? Julia Ioffe The Atlantic If there is one thing The Washington Post’s story on the Obama administration’s anemic response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election makes clear, it’s that it took two to make the… There is a reason the tactics Russia used on the American elections—which are similar to things they’ve done in former Soviet republics and… It Took Two… Read More »

Putin Officially Launches Deep-Water Phase Of TurkStream Gas Pipeline

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has inaugurated the deep-water phase of the TurkStream pipeline project that will deliver Russian gas to Turkey and eventually to the… RFE/RL Putin on June 23 called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from a ship off the Black Sea coast near Anapa in southern Russia to launch the… TurkStream is one of several major undersea pipeline projects the Kremlin has pushed in recent years in an… Putin Officially Launches… Read More »

What Shanghai Cooperation Expansion Means

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NATO isn’t the only alliance we need to worry about. Michael Rubin Commentary When it comes to diplomacy and defense, much of the focus on Donald Trump both during the campaign and his first months in office has focused on his approach to NATO, his alleged lack of commitment to that defensive alliance, and what his focus on the… On the diplomatic and political side, there are similar dynamics at play, with regard to the… What Shanghai Cooperation… Read More »

Japan warns Russia not to conduct survey in EEZ without permission

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Tokyo has asked Russia not to conduct marine surveys or resource exploration within Japan’s exclusive economic zone without permission, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday. the japan times Kyodo On the morning of June 5, the Japan Coast Guard spotted a Russian vessel hanging what appeared to be a wire within Japan’s EEZ near the Soya Strait, which lies between Hokkaido and the Russian island of Sakhalin, Kishida told a news conference. The Foreign Ministry told the Russian Embassy in ... Read More »