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Section: The National Interest (USA)

    Where Will Russia’s Protests Lead?
    Mar30

    Where Will Russia’s Protests Lead?

    Alexander Lukin Politics, Eurasia The anticorruption wave could give way to greater instability. March 26 saw widespread protests against corruption in Moscow and several other big Russian cities. The formal cause was the absence of reaction by the authorities to the film He Is Not Dimon to You, produced and distributed online by the Foundation...

    Belarus: Between Russia and the West
    Mar29

    Belarus: Between Russia and the West

    Kenneth Yalowitz, William Courtney Security, For 22 years Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has tacked toward Russia but kept channels open to the West, while maintaining an authoritarian grip on power. Frightened by Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine, he assumed the mantle of defender of Belarusian sovereignty. Reverting to form,...

    Sergey Lavrov: The Interview
    Mar29

    Sergey Lavrov: The Interview

    Sergey Lavrov Politics, Eurasia An “absolutely artificial hysterical situation was created” in U.S.-Russia relations—but not quite yet a Cold War. Paul Saunders, associate publisher of the National Interest, interviewed Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday, March 24, 2017, in Moscow. Their wide-ranging and blunt conversation, which...

    Putin Could Use ‘Anticorruption’ Protests to His Advantage
    Mar29

    Putin Could Use ‘Anticorruption’ Protests to His Advantage

    Nikolas K. Gvosdev Politics, Eurasia The protests come at a time when the different political clans within the Kremlin have begun to accelerate their jockeying for position. Protest marches were held over the weekend in one hundred cities across the Russian Federation, the largest manifestation of political discontent in the country since...

    We Can’t Afford to Lose U.S.-Russian Nuclear Cooperation
    Mar28

    We Can’t Afford to Lose U.S.-Russian Nuclear Cooperation

    Nicolai N. Petro, Josh Cohen Security, Eurasia Rather than engaging in nuclear saber-rattling, the Trump administration should widen and deepen its cooperation with Moscow. In the rancorous aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, Russia is often depicted as the greatest national-security threat facing the United States. The intense heat...

    Does NATO Really Need Montenegro?
    Mar27

    Does NATO Really Need Montenegro?

    Doug Bandow Security, Europe Elevating today’s Duchy of Grand Fenwick to NATO status won’t help keep the peace. If denizens of Washington wonder at the appeal of Donald Trump’s America First rhetoric, they need look no further than the concerted effort to bring Montenegro into NATO. A Senate vote is scheduled for this afternoon....

    The U.S. Military’s Greatest Enemy Isn’t Russia or China
    Mar23

    The U.S. Military’s Greatest Enemy Isn’t Russia or China

    Robert Farley Security, More like past success and mega dominance on the battlefield. A wise man once pointed out that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. Relative to the 1970s and 1980s, the United States is almost incomparably powerful and secure, enjoying presumptive military advantage over any opponent or...

    Is Russia Getting Ready to Build a Massive Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier?
    Mar23

    Is Russia Getting Ready to Build a Massive Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier?

    Dave Majumdar Security, Or sell one to India? Russia’s Krylov State Research Center is lobbying the Kremlin hard to build a new aircraft carrier called the Project 23000E Storm. If built, the massive vessel would be comparable in size and capability to one of the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz or Ford-class super carriers. The Russian Ministry of...

    The U.S. Army Can’t Get Ambushed by the Future
    Mar23

    The U.S. Army Can’t Get Ambushed by the Future

    Douglas Macgregor Security, Middle East More money without new leadership won’t fix the Army. When U.S. forces begin the destruction of the Islamic State, it will defend its territory—its so-called caliphate—and “hold ground.” Without air and missile defenses, or rocket artillery and mobile armored forces with accurate, devastating...

    Get Ready, Russia: Ukraine Wants to Build Its Very Own MiG-29 (Sort of)
    Mar21

    Get Ready, Russia: Ukraine Wants to Build Its Very Own MiG-29 (Sort of)

    Dave Majumdar Security, Europe Chances are its not going to happen. Ukraine is developing a new indigenous lightweight fighter aircraft fighter according to a new report. However, the project has existed in some form for more than ten years. According to a report in Jane’s, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that Kiev would...

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