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China in a Dilemma over its Support to Russia?

... diplomatic support to Russia during the Ukraine conflict, it appears unwilling to back Moscow in a whole-hearted manner to avert Western sanctions due to the fear of secondary sanctions. In an effort to stem growing suspicions over its ties with the Kremlin, China was sending a delegation headed by Huo Yuzhen, China’s special representative to China-Central & Eastern Europe Cooperation, to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Poland in the coming days. The trip can ...

Fabbri Valerio
29.04.2022 16:02:47

Imran Becomes ‘Joker’ in Putin’s Operation in Ukraine

... entangled in the expanding mesh of global power politics. This desire to maintain peaceful relations in the region has reinforced the Pakistani government’s expressed commitment to increasing regional connectivity, encouraging it to expedite work on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Regardless of what Khan’s ministers have said about Pakistan’s “neutrality”, geopolitical analysts are watching as the world becomes more clearly divided. Islamabad’s close ties with Beijing are no secret, but ...

Fabbri Valerio
21.03.2022 19:16:22

Does U.S. Developmental Aid to Nepal Come with Political Strings?

... suspect that it secretly comes with political strings attached. The authorities had to use tear gas and water cannons to contain the unrest.Source: Reuters  Critics of the MCC allege that it is part of the U.S. grand strategic goal of “containing” China, pointing to statements from U.S. officials as cited by Russia’s RT. The outlet reminded its readers how former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia David J. Ranz informed everyone that the MCC was a crucial part of his country’s ...

Korybko Andrew
14.03.2022 16:34:38

Dragon Out in the Cold: A Creeping Securitization of Sino-Danish Scientific Exchanges

In Northern Europe, much as throughout the EU, China is perceived not only as an economic partner but also as a country whose actions entail serious implications for national security. According to the survey conducted by the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (Nor. Utenrikspolitisk Institutt,...

Белухин Никита
10.03.2022 13:18:01

The ‘Thousand Grains of Sand’ To Acquire Ukrainian Military Technology

... have irked Beijing. Furthermore, Ukrainian authorities froze shares and imposed sanctions on Chinese individuals and entities involved in the deal. Subsequently, Beijing has reportedly employed covert tactics to acquire Ukrainian military technology. China is interested in Ukraine’s defence-industrial complex. For many years, China’s intelligence service used the cover of public organisations to lure gullible Ukrainian engineers and technologists to move to China to establish and work in Chinese ...

Fabbri Valerio
18.02.2022 16:06:03

The New Cold War’s Evolving Strategic Dynamics in South Asia

... competitive dynamics to the region, India’s attempt to multi-align between its traditional Russian partner and its new American one, and Afghanistan’s impending humanitarian crisis following the US’ withdrawal from the country a few months ago. China’s CPEC in Pakistan is an apolitical project that inadvertently triggered a security dilemma with India. India in turn doubled down on its commitment to the US-led Quad in an attempt to contain China. This complicated India’s traditional relations ...

Korybko Andrew
08.02.2022 15:45:02

Great powers rivalry in Central Asia: new strategy, old game. Did the Kazakhstan crisis change the regional chessboard?

... Reuters Rivalry in the international system does not mean a sudden change of the dominant state (hegemon) and does not (always) lead to war. The fact that there were no direct armed conflicts between the USSR / Russia and the US and, more recently, China, indicates that the nations cooperated on time and had common global goals, such as fighting against terrorism, drug trafficking or the COVID-19 pandemic. Obviously, the bilateral relations between these great powers can (should) be improved, but ...

Adrian Pogacian
18.01.2022 14:36:53

In The Aftermath Of Taliban 2.0, Big-Power Race Hit Kazakhstan?

... investments in the energy sector since the breakup of the Soviet Union, find themselves buffeted by a race for their mineral wealth. Their struggle to keep a balance between the relatively distant Western investors and the two big brothers next door, China and Russia, has become more complex. While the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, rushed the Russian-led military force under the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to enter Kazakhstan in order to restore order, the U.S.-led Western ...

Fabbri Valerio
17.01.2022 11:50:43

Undercurrents in Russia-China Bonhomie

The relations between Russia and China find many convergences, yet their bilateral ties are pragmatic rather than ideological.Source: tamilguardian.com In fact, the relations between Moscow and Beijing in the international arena do not appear competitive as such, since both of them ...

Fabbri Valerio
17.12.2021 18:37:16

Will the U.S. Seize the Moment to Stop the Space Race?

Observers are increasingly concerned that the ongoing space race poses a serious threat to global stability. The U.S., China and Russia are the primary participants in this competition. Unlike during the old Cold War, the new Cold War hasn’t just seen space exploration as the focus, but also the militarization of space. This is occurring through a combination of reportedly ...

Korybko Andrew
17.11.2021 14:02:42

Will the U.S. Sanction India for S-400s or Grant it Waiver?

... scenario when their military and strategic cooperation would be endangered by such punitive measures. It would also result in India obtaining what is regarded as the world’s best air defense system for improving its related capabilities vis-a-vis China and Pakistan. Not only that, but it would make India feel privileged, which could accelerate the already rapid expansion of their military-strategic relations. India would not consider slowing down its cooperation with the Quad like it could potentially ...

Korybko Andrew
29.10.2021 16:47:41

The U.S. Wants To Turn Ethiopia Into Bosnia

... to usher in another so-called “Scramble for Africa”. The U.S. and its allies would strategically benefit from this outcome since it would enable them to more effectively divide and rule Africa in a way that could reduce the influence of Russia, China, and other multipolar countries there across the ongoing New Cold War. In other words, Ethiopia isn't just defending its own sovereignty by pushing back against America's Hybrid War, but also all of Africa's. The US feels threatened not only by ...

Korybko Andrew
18.10.2021 19:21:46

Analyzing The American Hybrid War on Ethiopia

... affairs. Its motivations to backstab its regional ally are entirely self-interested and zero-sum. The U.S. is uncomfortable with PM Abiy’s geopolitical balancing between Washington and Beijing. Although the former TPLF-led government was also close to China, the U.S. likely expected PM Abiy to distance Ethiopia from it, considering the pressure that Washington exerts upon its partners to do so. He came to power in early 2018 around the time when the U.S. began to intensify its ongoing New Cold War ...

Korybko Andrew
11.10.2021 18:32:56

The Complex World Order

... simple. Fractal – a Complex World Order Image: Lydia Williams, Unsplash CC0 The spat in 2021 about submarines between France, the UK, the U.S. and Australia is a demonstration that the world order has changed profoundly again. Brexit. The rise of China. India rising, now surpassing the UK. The fall of Kabul. The large CPTPP trading area created even after the USA quit. Immense, perhaps soon superior, technological capabilities outside the Western world. The establishment of the world’s biggest ...

Риис Карстен
05.10.2021 18:16:18

Singapore Should Play Significant Role in Russia’s Indo-Pacific Policy

Russia is in the process of updating its Foreign Policy Concept. The most recent one was published in 2016, but so much has changed across the world since then, especially with the New Cold War between China and the U.S., as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, Moscow doesn’t have an official Indo-Pacific policy, even though this region is fast becoming the most important in the world, particularly in the context of what the U.S. refers to as ...

Korybko Andrew
04.10.2021 16:53:35

Understanding the Debate about Cryptocurrencies in Central Asia

... proximity of conflict areas such as Afghanistan, Central Asian states will require strengthening police and military training in cyber-security, and possibly cooperation with countries that have expertise in this area such as the United States, Russia, China or even Estonia. The direct relation between cryptocurrencies and citizen empowerment While education in the FinTech area will need to be strengthened, both in financial institutions and in law enforcement agencies, the benefits can exceed the costs,...

Ламберт Майкл
30.09.2021 13:10:23

Comparing The Contours of Russia’s Ummah Pivot in Syria & Afghanistan

... excellent relations with all the supercontinent’s many parties through a creative combination of outreaches, with a priority focus being on expanding ties with non-traditional partners. Russia cannot become disproportionately dependent on the East (China) or West (EU), hence why it’s recently taken to exploring previously untapped opportunities beyond its Southern frontier in the majority-Muslim countries that form part of the international Islamic community (Ummah). Source: Afghan Media Resource ...

Korybko Andrew
27.09.2021 18:29:24

Post COVID-19 Strategic South Asia

... powers competition on South Asia. Regional alignments witnessed unprecedented transition in the post-Cold War era. The most prominent feature is the emergence of Indo-U.S. alliance to collaborate as strategic partners on their mutual drive to contain China. India also enjoys historic fraternity with Russia – being cold war partner – so it continues to rejoice incentives from both sides. Indo-U.S. strategic cooperation triggered by Indo-U.S. Nuclear Deal in 2005, Indian NSG’s exceptional waiver ...

Hassan Imran
15.09.2021 17:05:25

What’s on the Agenda for Prime Minister Modi’s Trip to America?

... his fellow Quad leaders from Australia and Japan during their first-ever in-person summit. He will then address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). His trip takes place against the background of the ever more intensifying New Cold War between China and the U.S., the continued COVID-19 pandemic and the West’s withdrawal from Afghanistan following the terrorist-designated Taliban’s takeover of the country. All of these will figure prominently on his agenda. This analysis will begin by explaining ...

Korybko Andrew
15.09.2021 13:05:37

Taliban in Kabul after two decades

... which is aimed to spoil Afghan peace and sabotage the stability in Afghanistan. The countries around Afghanistan suffered a lot due to war in Afghanistan and were struggling to bering peace and stability in Afghanistan. The U.S.—in an attempt to harm China and Russia—may continue spoiling peace in Afghanistan. After the staged drama “9/11” incident, American and their allied forces began an invasion of Afghanistan called Operation Enduring Freedom, to push the Taliban from Afghanistan. On December ...

Awan Zamir Ahmed
17.08.2021 18:08:22


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  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
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