Hypersonics and Modern War

Hypersonics could introduce a radically new type of war.

The Kuril Islands and Russia’s Pacific Interests


March 2, 2017 Russia is weakening while Japan is rising.

A New Crisis in Ukraine?


Nov. 26, 2015 Ukraine has engaged in a series of retaliatory gestures with Russia that may signal a coming crisis.

Daily Memo: Idlib Tests Turkey’s Patience, India-Australia Cooperation, North Korea Low...

Turkey accused Russia of failing to live up to its promises, and the Bank of Korea said Pyongyang was running out of cash.

Daily Memo: US Missile Test, Trade Deal Confusion, Brexit Go-Ahead

RIP, INF. The Pentagon tested a conventionally configured ground-launched ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. The test was formally prohibited by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which the U.S. formally withdrew from in August. This was the second test that the U.S. has conducted that violates the INF, with the Pentagon […]

The North Caucasus: Russia’s Soft Underbelly

Oct. 26, 2017 The region is a key buffer zone for Moscow.

Daily Memo: North Korea Ups the Ante, the US Still Pivots...

Things between the U.S. and North Korea have been relatively quiet since 2018; expect this to change dramatically in 2020.

A Worrying Week for Russia


Feb. 19, 2016 Challenges in all of Russia’s important buffer zones have raised strategic questions for the Kremlin.