Russia

Getting the band back together: Putin’s victory march through Latin American

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua’s First Lady Rosario Murillo, right, in Managua, on July 11. / AFP / Presidencia de Nicaragua / César Pérez

9:52 am | By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s been a momentous week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the major…

Russia follows Crimea annexation with sub boost for Black Sea Fleet

Russia's Rostov-on-Don submarine.

11:07 am | By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The second of the 6 state-of-the-art Varshavyanka-class submarines designed and built specifically for buttressing Russia’s Black Sea Fleet…

Clueless: What American leaders don’t know about world realities is making a difference

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9:44 am | By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — U.S. foreign policy these days is so confusing and conflicting that it’s impossible to…

China

The great Africa switcheroo: U.S. policy is now ideological, while China’s is pragmatic

First Lady Michelle Obama greets French President Francois Hollande to a state dinner in his honor at White House in February. / AP

1:18 pm | Gregory R. Copley, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The global strategic framework has changed beyond recognition in the past decade, even…

Obama and Xi Jinping discuss the world according to China by phone

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10:19 am | By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com China’s President Xi Jinping makes a careful distinction between U.S. President Obama and Japan’s Prime Minister…

Getting the band back together: Putin’s victory march through Latin American

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua’s First Lady Rosario Murillo, right, in Managua, on July 11. / AFP / Presidencia de Nicaragua / César Pérez

9:52 am | By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s been a momentous week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the major…

Miles Yu
Vladimir Putin meets with Fidel Castro in Havana on July 14.

Putin kicks off Latin tour in Havana, recalling the Cold War chill

By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Russian President Vladimir Putin is making a big statement aimed at the United States by choosing...

Sol W. Sanders
President Obama with advisers Tom Donilon, Jack Lew and Denis McDonough in November 2012.

Needed by today’s media: The basics, please; But also ‘decorum’ and, dare I say, ‘style’

By Sol W. Sanders Among the many complaints I have against most of my colleagues in the mainstream...

Jong-Heon Lee
Kim Jong-Un poses with soldiers during an inspection of the defense detachment on Ung Islet on July 7.  / KCNA / Reuters

Panda images for target practice: Comrade Kim and Comrade Xi are not on the best of terms

By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s military used images of panda bears as targets in an apparent show...

Willy Lam
Chinese President Xi Jinping walks past U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Beijing on July 9. / Feng Li / 
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Warm words by Xi Jinping at the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue did not match disturbing actions

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Even though President Xi Jinping has urged more “communication and cooperation” between his country and the...

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