This month’s US-ROK summit should not be read as an indicator that Seoul is tilting away from Beijing toward Washington. Having to walk a tightrope between two great powers, it would simply rather pursue multivector diplomacy.
During my recent visit to Moscow, one of Russia's best foreign policy experts said something that many of us are thinking but still reluctant to recognize: the world has entered an era of closed borders and restricted travel.
The US has resumed and escalated Cold War-era challenges to Russia’s territorial water claims in the Far East. But by sending its warship next to Russian shores, it’s pushing Moscow further into China’s embrace.
As the US is reeling from the results of the elections, there is a lot of agonizing over how divided the nation has become. The country is seen as deeply split, with civil war no longer looking a purely hypothetical possibility.
Boys, even big and powerful ones, do cry. This was the takeaway from the grand military parade in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea.
Seoul’s new national defense plan for the next five years will see $250 billion spent on missiles, subs, fighter jets, and its first aircraft carrier. It’s an ambitious plan that has wide geopolitical implications.
America’s pivot to China as its main adversary means Russia gets relegated to the role of a secondary bogeyman. But while Russia lags behind China’s economic prowess, its ambitions and military mean it won’t let itself be ignored.
As we cross into the second half of 2020, there is little hope left that our misfortunes will end when this annus horribilis goes out. We may be entering one of the most cataclysmic and fateful periods in the history of humankind.