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expansion into Central and Eastern Europe following its Cold War victory touched
a raw nerve in Moscow, as, historically, the vast Russian empire protected itself
by maintaining a buffer zone of dependent or client states along its perimeter.
Russia appeared to have swallowed the “loss” of the Baltic states in the 1990s,
but it drew the line in Ukraine two decades later. The prospect of an
independent Ukraine joining Western structures has triggered a Russia-West conflict
that NATO finds among the toughest challenges it is facing anywhere today.
The South China Sea is critical for global trade and security. Beijing’s moves to extend its influence throughout the sea have heightened tensions, risking conflict with neighbors and the United States. China’s global position, economic power and energy riches are all at stake. This survey presents GIS experts’ analyses and predictions for this crucial body of water.
After three decades of
continuous decline, European defense budgets are again on the rise. What kind
of military capabilities will these investments provide? Money will only go so
far without the right strategic choices.
Professor Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen
European Union wants to create new, complicated systems to tax technology
companies. Doing so will only harm its economy. Instead of engaging in an
economic tit-for-tat with the United States, it should look at how Americans
have fostered innovation and built tech giants. Good places to start include
increasing investment in defense, reducing restrictive regulations and becoming
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein