Tag Archives: NATO

Time to Energize Diplomacy

January 16, 2023 Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited France, Italy, Britain, Canada, and the US. In the background was the war in Ukraine, China’s growing military might, North Korea’s becoming a de facto nuclear power, and Japan’s … Continue reading

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2022: Year in Review

December 12, 2022 “Annus horribilis” is a phrase made famous by Queen Elizabeth II in a speech delivered near the end of 1992. At the time she was referring to the difficulties in the British royal family. The queen’s remarks … Continue reading

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A Recast Strategic Landscape from One NATO Summit to the Next

July 4, 2022 G7 met in Elmau, Germany, on 26-28 June 2022. The communiqué issued following the meeting stressed G7’s condemnation of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and reiterated that G7 will stand with Ukraine for as long as … Continue reading

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Toward Protracted War in Ukraine

May 2, 2022 On April 27, at a meeting with the Council of Lawmakers, President Putin accused the West of always pursuing a policy of containing Russia. He said no one could imagine the creation of an “anti-Russia” on historical … Continue reading

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Russia’s Indiscriminate Attacks Spark Outrage

April 11, 2022  On April 5, 2022, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed that assertions of “war crimes” are a pretext to torpedo the ongoing negotiations at a time when some light, however dim, has appeared at the end of the … Continue reading

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US/NATO Talks with Russia, Episode 2 Begins

January 31, 2022 On January 26, the US and NATO delivered their written responses to Russia’s security demands in Eurasia. A day later, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the media that the responses offer grounds for serious talks only on … Continue reading

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Russia-US/NATO Talks, Episode 1

January 17, 2022 In mid-December 2021, Russia handed the West two draft documents, “Agreement on Measures to Ensure the Security of the Russian Federation and Member States of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization”[i] and “Treaty Between the United States of … Continue reading

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Russia-West Negotiations Start

January 10, 2022 With the New Year and Christmas celebrations behind, the world is back to the realities of the day. And the new year’s first surprise was the turmoil in Kazakhstan. In their phone call of December 30, Presidents … Continue reading

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The Standoff at the Russia-Ukraine Border

December 13, 2021 On December 7, 2021, Presidents Biden and Putin had a two-hour video conference. According to the White House readout of the meeting, “President Biden focused on what he described as “threatening” movements of Russian troops near the … Continue reading

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The Middle East Dimension of the Standoff at the Belarus-Poland Border

November 15, 2021 The standoff over migrants on NATO’s and the European Union’s eastern flank is turning into a wider political conflict. For Belarus’s EU  neighbors this is a deliberate retaliation for EU sanctions. Ukraine is reinforcing border guards to … Continue reading

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