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CSTO Holds First-Ever Peacekeeping Exercises

CSTO Holds First-Ever Peacekeeping Exercises

Joshua Kucera
October 8, 2012

The Collective Security Treaty Organization has begunwhat it calls its first-ever peacekeeping exercise, in Kazakhstan.

Lavrov Warns: Arab Autumn May Lead to Nuclear Winter

Lavrov Warns: Arab Autumn May Lead to Nuclear Winter

Jeffrey Steinberg and Nancy Spannaus

October 5, 2012

In a Sept. 25 interview with U.S. talk show host Charlie Rose, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that the ongoing events in the Middle East, particularly the war drive against Syria and Iran, could lead to nuclear war. In answering a question about where the current unrest in the Arab world was leading, Lavrov referred to the escalating violence throughout the Middle East and North Africa as "Arab Autumn," and then dropped his bomb: "Well, I hope it's not going to the nuclear Winter"—a reference to the destruction of the Earth's climate by a thermonuclear war.

Report: Acting on Russian intel, Syria forces murdered pilots of downed Turkey jet

Report: Acting on Russian intel, Syria forces murdered pilots of downed Turkey jet

By Jack Khoury |
Sep.29, 2012 |

 

The crew members of a Turkish fighter jet that crashed into the Mediterranean earlier this year survived the impact, only to be later killed by Syria forces following intelligence provided by Russia, the Al Arabiya network reported on Saturday, citing leaked confidential Syrian documents.

Kyrgyz Air Base May Soon Host Russian Strategic Bombers

Kyrgyz Air Base May Soon Host Russian Strategic Bombers

September 22

The overhauled airfield at the Russian air base in Kyrgyzstan will be able to accommodate Russian strategic bombers in six months, but their deployment in the Central Asian state needs thorough consideration, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said.

Russia’s Views of the Security Situation in East Asia

Russia’s Views of the Security Situation in East Asia

September 2012

 

Experts usually delineate two main regions in East Asia: Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia. Northeast Asian countries are generally more developed politically and economically, but they are very dependent on different kinds of resources from outside their territories. This feature exacerbates other factors in their bilateral relationships which often lead to tension. Southeast Asian countries are rich in resources, but the region’s great political and cultural complexity and diversity make it difficult for it to assert itself in international relations. Southeast Asian countries themselves are unable to build a regional security system without taking into consideration the political interests and positions of global actors and neighboring countries in Northeast Asia.

Romney advisers: Why not call Russia our no. 1 foe?

Romney advisers: Why not call Russia our no. 1 foe?

By: Hope Hodge
9/13/2012

The tone for a policy clash on Russia between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was set early in the race, and somewhat by accident.

In late March, an accidental “hot mic” caught Obama apparently asking then-Russian president Dmitry Medvedev for time until after Obama’s election so he could be more flexible to negotiate with Medvedev’s successor Vladimir Putin on missile defense issues.

Responding to the ensuing scandal, Romney chided Obama for making deals with America’s “No. 1 geopolitical foe” and became the center of his own media backlash for the comment.

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