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Geopolitics / International

Russia Can’t Afford To Continue Exporting Arms

Mar 13, 2023 at 10:19 | RFE/RL staff

Russia’s share of global arms exports declined sharply in the most recent five-year period, as Western sanctions against Moscow and the Kremlin's own need to conserve weaponry for…

China’s Newest Infrastructure Megaproject Is All About Natural Resources

Mar 10, 2023 at 10:43 | The Jamestown Foundation

In early March 2023, at a meeting in Harbin, Chinese officials committed Beijing to building a railway north from China into the enormous and resource-rich Sakha…

Zangezur Corridor At Risk As Azerbaijan-Armenia Dispute Continues

Mar 10, 2023 at 10:11 | The Jamestown Foundation

In late February 2023, the State Agency of Azerbaijan Automobile Roads announced that 73 percent of the Horadiz-Jabrayil-Zangilan-Agbend highway has been completed (

Russian-Iranian Defense Ties Deepen With Rumors Of A Drone Production Plant

Mar 07, 2023 at 08:58 | The Jamestown Foundation

Over the past few weeks, media reports have proliferated that Tehran is gearing up to build a joint drone production plant in Russia (

Will China’s Belt And Road Initiative Deliver Positive Outcomes for Indonesia?

Mar 07, 2023 at 08:52 | The Jamestown Foundation

“It is not merely talk, but it is about actually building something. From airports to railways, these are industries we can see and touch. This is…

China's Global Security Initiative: A Post-American International Order?

Mar 06, 2023 at 10:00 | The Jamestown Foundation

On February 20, Xinhua released a statement on “U.S. Hegemony and its Perils,” which claims to expose “U.S. abuse of hegemony in the political, military, economic,…

Germany Is Still The Second-Largest Buyer Of Russian Fossil Fuels

Mar 06, 2023 at 09:43 | ZeroHedge

A year on from Russia’s initial invasion of Ukraine, Russian fossil fuel exports are still flowing to various nations around the world. As…

Moscow Isn’t Rushing To Modernize Its Navy

Mar 03, 2023 at 09:57 | The Jamestown Foundation

The Russian Navy’s participation in the war against Ukraine has been mostly limited to the Black Sea Fleet and Caspian Flotilla. Yet, even with these limitations, Russia has…

Politics And Propaganda: Why Putin Won’t Pull Out Of Ukraine

Mar 01, 2023 at 09:32 | The Jamestown Foundation

Among the many terrible consequences of Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine launched by Vladimir Putin a year ago, one should be singled out—that is, the Russian president’s inability…

Can China Really Be An Unbiased Broker Of Peace?

Feb 27, 2023 at 09:57 | RFE/RL staff

A position paper unveiled by Beijing pushing for a cease-fire in Ukraine has been met skeptically by many experts and Western officials who question China’s ability to broker…

The Great Game Reloaded: Superpowers In The Modern World

Feb 24, 2023 at 10:45 | RFE/RL staff

Top foreign policy officials from the United States and China spent most of the last weekend at the Munich Security Conference stressing that their governments were not seeking…

Spy Balloon Fallout Highlights Fragility Of U.S.-China Relations

Feb 24, 2023 at 09:49 | The Jamestown Foundation

While President Xi Jinping has often been criticized by Western politicians, as well as intellectuals inside and outside of China, for restoring quasi-Maoist values, he has…

Scrapped Railway Project Could Derail Putin’s Arctic Ambitions

Feb 23, 2023 at 09:30 | The Jamestown Foundation

Moscow’s ability to develop its own resource-based economy, expand the Northern Sea Route, cement ties with China and support Vladimir Putin’s ambitions to project power into the Arctic…

Iraq To Drop Dollar In Trade With China

Feb 23, 2023 at 08:25 | ZeroHedge

The Iraqi central bank announced Wednesday that, for the first time, it plans to allow trade from China to be settled directly in yuan instead of the…

China Concerned That War In Ukraine Could “Spiral Out Of Control”

Feb 22, 2023 at 09:22 | ZeroHedge

China's foreign ministry has issued a statement within hours after Beijing's top diplomat Wang Yi touched down in Moscow for an official visit:  China’s foreign minister said on Tuesday…

EU To Ban Exports Of $12 Billion In Products Used By Russian Military

Feb 21, 2023 at 10:49 | RFE/RL staff

The European Union is preparing another sanctions package on Russia to coincide with the anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24. EU ambassadors had a first…

China’s “Wolf Warrior” Diplomacy Is Pushing The UK Away

Feb 21, 2023 at 10:36 | The Jamestown Foundation

In early 2018, UK Prime Minister Theresa May visited China with a British business delegation, seeking a free trade deal and expressing optimism over Beijing’s “one country, two…

Demographic Challenges Weigh On Russia’s Military Ambitions

Feb 17, 2023 at 09:16 | The Jamestown Foundation

In December 2022, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced its ambitious plan for increasing the size of the Russian Armed Forces to 1.5 million personnel by the end…

Why Armenia Is Turning Its Back On Russia

Feb 16, 2023 at 09:48 | The Jamestown Foundation

On January 23, the European Union announced it would be sending a civilian mission to Armenia for a two-year term to document tensions on the border with Azerbaijan…

Iran And Russia Strengthen Military Ties With New Weapons Deals

Feb 15, 2023 at 09:09 | The Jamestown Foundation

The news of Iran’s planned purchase of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 advanced fighter jets is the latest sign of deepening relations between Tehran and Moscow. This development is significant,…

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