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Professor Stefan Hedlund
to sell modern U.S. anti-tank missiles to Kiev means that a red line in the
West’s involvement in the Ukrainian crisis has been crossed. Whether the delivery
of this expensive weapon system to the embattled nation serves U.S. national
security interests or brings Kiev closer to reclaiming the territories it had lost
to Moscow-backed insurgents is highly debatable.
While Russia focuses on its geopolitical objectives
in Central Asia, China’s primarily interest is in the region’s mineral and
energy resources. As recipients of Chinese investments and development aid, the
five Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan
and Uzbekistan – are seeking to leverage the two powers’ competition for their
While the risk of a U.S.-North Korean conflict is still considered low, brinkmanship is already causing considerable collateral damage to the triangular relationship between the three great powers – the U.S., China and Russia – that was a defining feature of the Cold War.
Turkey is a regional power, a direct neighbor of
Middle Eastern states and their historic trading and political partner. The
West continues to ignore its national interests only at the risk of its own
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Warfare has entered a stage where the parties engaged are no longer
easily recognizable as states. Some security experts have even gone so far as
to say that the era of war between states has come to an end and that this is a
good thing. The latter is a very dubious claim.
Russia is at a dead end. Paralyzed by fear that the process of its disintegration
that began with the collapse of the Soviet Union has not run its course yet,
Russia’s ruling elite is uncertain of the country’s future and its own
legitimacy. Hence the besieged fortress mentality, aggressive posture abroad
and oppressive policies at home. Perceiving reforms as risky, the Russian
civilization concentrates its waning energy on trying to maintain the status
Dr. Svyatoslav Kaspe