Putin Stamps Out the Fire in Kazakhstan and Ukraine

Putin Stamps Out the Fire in Kazakhstan and Ukraine

This week’s events in Kazakhstan are not surprising.  Less than one week before a major summit between the United states NATO and Russia over the security architecture of Eastern Europe, we’re treated to another failed color revolution in the most strategically important place along Russia’s southern border. There was looting, horrific violence and former government…

Russia Is Done Playing Politics Over Ukraine

Russia Is Done Playing Politics Over Ukraine

As we approach next week’s big summit between the U.S./NATO and Russia over tensions in Ukraine it’s important to understand just where things between everyone stands. Russia’s Foreign Ministry, normally the soul of understatement and infuriating politeness, has been ratcheting up the blunt over the past couple of months. Nothing else seems to get the…

Russia’s “Western Border” Returned to the Center of World Geopolitics in 2021

Russia’s “Western Border” Returned to the Center of World Geopolitics in 2021

The last days of December 2021 were marked, on the one hand, by the scheduling of a summit between Moscow and NATO to discuss the Ukrainian issue, and, on the other, by a statement by the Ukrainian ambassador in Washington, alleging that her country has a plan B for dealing with Russia, suggesting a possible…

If Russia’s Not Bluffing, Then What’s in the Cards?

If Russia’s Not Bluffing, Then What’s in the Cards?

Vladimir Putin is renowned as a strategic chess player. Looks like the world is going to see what his skills are for playing poker. Russia has said it is not bluffing about its categorical security demands ahead of top-level negotiations with American counterparts in Geneva. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov vowed this week that Russia will…