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Geopolitics / International

Russia’s Soaring Defense Spending Is Unsustainable

Oct 07, 2022 at 09:12 | The Jamestown Foundation

Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine and the Kremlin’s attempts to escalate the political situation and prevent defeat on the battlefield through mobilization, nuclear blackmail and possibly even sabotage…

Biden Warns Of Nuclear “Armageddon” As Russia Faces Setbacks In Ukraine

Oct 07, 2022 at 08:47 | RFE/RL staff

Ukrainian forces pressed ahead with their counteroffensive to liberate Moscow-occupied territories, handing Russian forces a series of defeats that have prompted U.S. President Joe Biden to warn the…

Putin Sees Pakistan As A Potential Partner In Southeast Asia

Oct 06, 2022 at 09:03 | The Jamestown Foundation

On September 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan,…

What’s Inside The EU’s Eighth Russian Sanction Package?

Oct 06, 2022 at 08:40 | RFE/RL staff

The European Union's eighth sanctions package on Russia over its war in Ukraine was officially adopted on October 6 after gaining final approval the previous…

China Is Expanding Its Energy Footprint In The Middle East

Oct 05, 2022 at 11:03 | Simon Watkins

The recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit saw China enhance its influence with several of the world’s leading players in the oil and gas sector. These included not…

China’s Balancing Act In Afghanistan

Oct 05, 2022 at 09:27 | The Jamestown Foundation

In late June, a severe earthquake struck southeastern Afghanistan. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) announced it would provide 50 million…

Russia Signs Fuel Deal With Taliban

Oct 05, 2022 at 09:13 | RFE/RL staff

The Taliban, struggling to navigate Afghanistan through an economic and humanitarian crisis as its rule over the country remains unrecognized by the world, has found willing partners in…

Will Xi’s Third Term Help Or Hinder China’s International Standing?

Oct 05, 2022 at 08:53 | RFE/RL staff

Chinese leader Xi Jinping is expected to be anointed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for an unprecedented third term in office on October 16, but despite accumulating…

Putin’s Chaotic Mobilization Order Sends Shockwaves Through Russia

Oct 03, 2022 at 09:31 | RFE/RL staff

One day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a "partial" mobilization limited to reservists with prior military experience to go fight in the Kremlin's war in Ukraine, Viktor…

9 Central And Eastern European Countries Back Ukraine’s NATO Bid

Oct 03, 2022 at 08:47 | RFE/RL staff

Nine Central and Eastern European countries have given their backing to Ukraine's bid to join NATO and urged the Western alliance to provide Kyiv with more weapons to…

Germany Scrambles To Improve Relations With Energy Exporters

Oct 03, 2022 at 08:14 | ZeroHedge

German media reported on 29 September that Berlin has approved a number of new weapons export deals with Saudi Arabia, in defiance of a 2018 ban over Riyadh’s…

Nuclear Worries Rise As Putin Declares Four Ukrainian Regions As Part Of Russia

Sep 30, 2022 at 08:34 | City A.M

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared four Ukrainian regions part of Russia, amid renewed warnings the Kremlin may use a strategic nuclear weapon. In a ceremony…

Azerbaijan And Armenia Aim To Draft Peace Treaty

Sep 29, 2022 at 09:29 | The Jamestown Foundation

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addressed parliament in the wake of clashes at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. Pashinyan announced that he would sign a document stipulating that “Armenia will…

Kremlin To Annex Four Regions Of Ukraine Following Illegal Referendum

Sep 29, 2022 at 08:17 | RFE/RL staff

The Kremlin has announced it will formally annex four regions of Ukraine on September 30 as the West steps up preparations for fresh sanctions on Russia in the…

What Does The Yuanization Of The Russian Economy Mean For The Dollar?

Sep 28, 2022 at 08:38 | The Jamestown Foundation

On September 12, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that, given mounting economic sanctions, full “de-dollarization” of the Russian economy is only a matter of time (

Central Asia Grapples With Influx Of Russians Fleeing Conscription

Sep 28, 2022 at 08:15 | RFE/RL staff

As Russians escaping a partial military mobilization in their homeland drank their morning coffee in a cinema that opened its doors for them in northwestern Kazakhstan, Central Asia…

Putin Sees Pushback From Russians Following Nuclear Saber-Rattling

Sep 27, 2022 at 08:55 | The Jamestown Foundation

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s September 21 address to the nation could prove to be one of his most fateful blunders in his disastrous war in Ukraine. In his…

Kazakhstan On Edge As Russians Scramble To Avoid Putin’s “Mobilization”

Sep 26, 2022 at 09:00 | Eurasianet

No sooner had Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization” to get Russia’s flagging invasion of Ukraine back on track than it was like February 24 all…

U.S. Warns Of “Catastrophic Consequences” If Putin Uses Nuclear Weapons

Sep 26, 2022 at 08:34 | RFE/RL staff

Ukraine's president said late on September 25 that there was fierce fighting taking place on the front lines of its 7-month-old defense against Russia's invasion but that Kyiv…

Deadly Standoff Between Kyrgyzstan And Tajikistan Threatens Stability In Eurasia

Sep 26, 2022 at 08:25 | Eurasianet

On September 14–17, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan locked heads in the biggest military conflict between the two sides to date. Another border skirmish between the Kyrgyzstani and Tajikistani border…

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