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.
Amid the election race Trump may take risky steps leading to a dangerous military standoff with China in the Asia-Pacific. Ironically, his reelection could be the only chance to avoid a new Cold War or even WWIII.
As someone who lived through the collapse of the Soviet Union, I find some images and reports coming out of the United States these days eerily familiar. But should anyone be looking forward to the disintegration of the US?
As tensions rise between Asian giants in the Himalayas, US president is looking to keep the peace. Washington’s policy-makers, who seek to pit the Indians against the Chinese, may be as naïve as Trump.
The Covid-19 pandemic has led many to question the fate of liberal democracy vis-à-vis its authoritarian alternatives. China’s swift success contrasts with America’s debacle and makes one wonder about humanity’s political future.
Amid growing uncertainty about the fate of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, the key question is who would replace him if rumors about his death are true. There are three foreign players who could try to take advantage of his departure.
In his coronavirus address, Vladimir Putin promised to squeeze the rich and install safety nets for the vulnerable. With the Russian economy additionally hammered by the oil price drop, this begins the true test of his presidency.