What’s Russia’s Self-Described Chess Game in Afghanistan?

What’s Russia’s Self-Described Chess Game in Afghanistan?

Russia’s “chess” game in Afghanistan entails the promotion of a political solution as soon as possible, relying on the Taliban to protect the country’s regional anti-terrorist interests, and accommodating legitimate US and Indian interests (especially those of an economic and financial nature) in order for those two extra-regional players to transition to becoming responsible stakeholders…

Greater Middle East May Force China to Project Military Power Sooner Rather Than Later

Greater Middle East May Force China to Project Military Power Sooner Rather Than Later

China may have no short-term interest in contributing to guaranteeing security in parts of a swath of land stretching from Central Asia to the East coast of Africa, but that does not prevent the People’s Republic from preparing for a time when it may wish to build on long-standing political and military relationships in various…

Poland Should Follow Ukraine’s Lead by Using China to Balance the US

Poland Should Follow Ukraine’s Lead by Using China to Balance the US

If the US-dominated Ukrainian government can confidently chart a mutually beneficial strategic partnership with China in response to feeling betrayed by its American patron following last month’s Biden-Putin Summit, then there’s no reason why the comparatively more independent and much stronger Polish government can’t do the same as well. Ukraine recently surprised many multipolar-friendly observers,…

A Strategic Rapprochement between Beijing and Moscow Accelerates

A Strategic Rapprochement between Beijing and Moscow Accelerates

Twenty years ago, President Vladimir Putin and Chairman Jiang Zemin signed one of the most important international agreements in the post-Soviet history of Russia – the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation. The concept of a traditional lasting friendship in this Treaty corresponds to the…

Cybercrime & Cambodia… Two Fronts of U.S. Hybrid Warfare on China

Cybercrime & Cambodia… Two Fronts of U.S. Hybrid Warfare on China

Washington’s overarching motive and objective are to try to stymie China’s global economic growth and its strategic partnerships, Finian Cunningham writes. United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a blistering condemnation of China this week, accusing it of conducting massive cyberattacks against America and its allies. “The United States and countries around the world…