Russia

U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When Donald J. Trump was campaigning for the presidency, he projected a “tough guy” image by lambasting everyone that stood on his way or anyone who disagreed with him. His forays into foreign policy were gutsy and digressed from previous administrations’ diplomatic restraint in handling sensitive geopolitical issues. He shocked America’s NATO allies after he suggested that he might not honor Read More …

East and South China Seas

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The conventional wisdom in geopolitical circles is that a war between the United States and China is not going to happen — not now, not tomorrow – simply because their economies are intricately intertwined with one another like the fabled Gordian Knot. Destroying each other would be like committing a suicide pact. And why would they do that? Are they out Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz For more than a quarter of a century, the United States enjoyed the distinction of being the sole superpower in a unipolar world order after the Soviet Union imploded in a day.  This was when then Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned on December 25, 1991 and dissolved the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). What followed was a period that came Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz In his speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to him in December 2009, President Barack Obama said: “I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations — that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can Read More …

Doomsday Clock

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Every year since 1947 in the month of January, members of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists meet to perform an annual ritual of setting the time on the “Doomsday Clock.” It is a mechanism designed to warn the world of how close we are to doomsday; the closer the clock moved to midnight, the Read More …

NATO Summit in Wales

PerryScope By Perry Diaz After annexing Crimea using masked men in military uniforms with no insignia, Putin found himself in a tight spot when the U.S. and her western European allies imposed sanctions against Russia. Denying what was obviously an invasion into Ukrainian territory, Putin pretended to play the role of a “peacekeeper” between the pro-western Ukrainian government and the pro-Russian separatists in southeast Ukraine. Read More …

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Ukraine’s Orange Blues Alexander J. Motyl World Affairs Will Russia’s unconstitutionally elected president, Vladimir Putin, unleash a full-scale land war against Ukraine? I can give you ten reasons for every possible answer to this question. Which is to say that, like everyone else trying to divine Putin’s “mind,” I don’t know. But there is one thing that I definitely do know. Suddenly, we are all Read More …

Putin and Xi in Shanghai, May 21, 2014. (Mark Ralston / Courtesy Reuters)

China, Russia, the United States, and the New Superpower Showdown By David Gordon and Jordan Schneider Foreign Affairs This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been in China, looking to deepen ties between his country and his neighbor to the south. The trip could mark the start of a new era in U.S.-Russian-Chinese relations, the trilateral relationship that dominated the final decades of the Cold Read More …

21st Century triumvirs?

PerryScope By Perry Diaz What happens if Russia and China joined forces? They would be a formidable economic and military power at par with the United States. Last May 21, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a $400-billion mega-deal wherein Russia would supply Siberian gas to China for 30 years. That would put into action the “strategic partnership” that Putin Read More …

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By Dan Weil MoneyNews.com Russia’s economy is tanking, even as the West’s sanctions for its takeover of Crimea have just begun to bite. The country faces stagflation and plunges in the ruble and stock market. That has helped send foreign investors running for the hills, taking billions of dollars out of the country with them. Recession appears to be looming, New York Times columnist David Read More …