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The Strategic Rocket Forces branch of Russia’s military is getting upgrades for its missiles and improved methods for delivering them. Moscow’s key goal is to maintain the ability to “escalate to deescalate” – likely with nuclear weapons – in case of any confrontation with NATO. With Cold War arms control structures breaking down, Russia’s vulnerabilities are becoming more exposed, increasing the potential for conflict.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has had plenty of success, already having become the
country's second-longest serving head of government. But the good times are
over – his political rivals smell weakness and could use upcoming election
campaigns to oust him. Perhaps surprisingly, his biggest threat does not come
from the opposition, but from within his own party.
On New Year’s Eve, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on an updated national security strategy. Its tone matches the deterioration in Russia’s relations with the West. Compared with the 2014 version, two features stand out. NATO is now presented as an adversary rather than a rival, and the instigation of so-called “color revolutions” has been elevated to t...
The United States and Europe are major stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region. As the centre of global influence continues to shift eastward, both of these powers share compelling interests. These include security for the massive amount of international trade in goods transiting the region and the development of a rules-based regional order. The differences betwee...
The crisis in Ukraine is wreaking havoc on Russia’s ambitious plans to modernise its armed forces. The most obvious cause is the combined impact of cheap oil and Western sanctions on state finances. Thus far, the Kremlin has insisted that military procurement be exempt from otherwise drastic budget cuts. But unless the price of oil starts climbing again very soon, ...