Russia Is Right to Regard the Taliban as Reasonable

Russia Is Right to Regard the Taliban as Reasonable

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s recent remark that his country regards the Taliban as “reasonable people” prompted a discussion about why exactly Moscow holds this position towards a group that it still officially designates as terrorists. The Taliban’s cautious welcoming into the international community is proceeding apace after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently remarked…

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…