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    The Kremlin’s New Divisions May Actually Reduce Russia’s Military Readiness
    May22

    The Kremlin’s New Divisions May Actually Reduce Russia’s Military Readiness

    Aleksandr Golts Russian Ground Forces, Russia The Russian defense ministry may begin creating skeleton units to be staffed by heretofore non-existent reservists. During a regular ministerial conference call, on May 4, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu clarified previously declared plans to counter the North Atlantic Treaty Organization...

    Europe’s Cheesy Musical Proxy War
    May17

    Europe’s Cheesy Musical Proxy War

    Ivan Plis Politics, Eurasia This year’s Eurovision Song Contest was a microcosm of regional dynamics. The Eurovision Song Contest isn’t supposed to matter. It’s the vehicle that launched ABBA and Céline Dion to stardom, the realm of ill-conceived, earnest performances that are as divorced from good musical taste as they are from...

    On the Brink of Disaster: Can Congress Save the U.S. Military?
    May16

    On the Brink of Disaster: Can Congress Save the U.S. Military?

    Justin T. Johnson Security, The defense authorization bill is the best chance Congress has to stop the downward spiral that our military faces This week the House of Representatives takes up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017. Much of the debate and media coverage will revolve around a handful of controversial...

    European Missile Defense Sites: Rolling Back the Russian Bear
    May13

    European Missile Defense Sites: Rolling Back the Russian Bear

    Dan Goure Missile Defenses, Europe It is a good thing when Washington refuses to be intimidated by the thugs in the Kremlin. Today marks the first significant setback for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assault on Europe. For more than two years, Russia has been on the march in Europe and elsewhere, undermining the political and economic...

    Why the OSCE Keeps Failing to Make Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh
    May12

    Why the OSCE Keeps Failing to Make Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh

    Azad Garibov Security, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh The Minsk Group’s co-chairs could put Azerbaijan and Armenia on the road to resolution. The unprecedented escalation of hostilities on the frontline between the armed forces of Azerbaijan and Armenia on April 2–5, 2016, brought the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict back onto the...

    Time to Push Back on Russia’s Nuclear Threats
    May11

    Time to Push Back on Russia’s Nuclear Threats

    Steven Pifer Security, Eurasia NATO needs an answer to Putin’s saber-rattling. At a May 3 NATO change-of-command ceremony, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter questioned the Kremlin’s tactic of nuclear saber-rattling. Moscow’s jarring rhetoric about nuclear weapons aims to intimidate the West. It has led to unwise suggestions for...

    Unfrozen Karabakh Conflict Opens the Pandora’s Box of War
    May09

    Unfrozen Karabakh Conflict Opens the Pandora’s Box of War

    Pavel Felgenhauer Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, Former Soviet Union, War, Eurasia The Azerbaijani-Armenian confrontation over Azerbaijan’s breakaway territory of Karabakh has been simmering for years. The 1994 ceasefire was broken time and again, soldiers on both sides were killed year after year, and all attempts to find a...

    Russia’s Dysfunctional Defense Industry Needs Urgent Reform
    May05

    Russia’s Dysfunctional Defense Industry Needs Urgent Reform

    Roger McDermott Russia, Defense Industry, Modernization, Russian Armed Forces, Russia The dysfunctional nature of an unreformed defense industry is ignored by the state’s leadership at its peril. Despite Russia’s defense budget sequestration, ranging from 5 to 10 percent depending on the source, the political-military leadership...

    Drones: Russia’s Hot New Propaganda Tool
    Apr29

    Drones: Russia’s Hot New Propaganda Tool

    Adam Saxton Society, Russia, Syria, Ukraine Moscow’s state press swoops over Syria’s battlefields for footage. Russia is beginning to up the ante with drones, and not in the way you may think. Shortly after Syrian forces retook Palmyra aided by Russian air power, Russian television stations aired crystal clear, drone captured footage...

    America’s Navy Is Spread Too Thin
    Apr29

    America’s Navy Is Spread Too Thin

    Nikolas K. Gvosdev Security, Americas A handful of ships can’t project power everywhere at once. Earlier this month, I had the privilege of being on a panel as part of the Naval War College’s Regional Alumni Symposium, discussing the strategic importance of the Black Sea region, along with Michael Kofman of the Center for Naval...

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