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Moscow’s propaganda touting
the scale of its military maneuvers notwithstanding, the country does not command
nearly enough ground forces to defeat NATO or China in a protracted open conflict.
The Russian Federation also does not have the demographics to expand its armies
significantly. Its military planners, however, have been demonstrating an
impressive dexterity in finding ways to address the changing defense needs of
the Eurasian colossus.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Russia has been honing
its conventional and nuclear forces for Hybrid Cold War confrontations with
potential enemies, especially NATO. An important role in its new strategic toolbox
is reserved for “safety valves”: Russia’s doctrine of first use of tactical
nuclear weapons and the increased mobility of its conventional forces. At
present, NATO has no effective countermeasures for either, dangerously adding to
General Stanislaw Koziej
Taiwan will hold presidential and legislative elections on January 16, 2016. Opinion polls show the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is set to win. If it does, writes GIS guest expert Dr. Nicola Casarini, it will be the culmination of a trend that began with local elections in November 2014 when the country’s ruling party, the Kuomintang (KMT), suffered one of it...
Dr. Nicola Casarini