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Authors: Two Brands of Russian Nationalism Drive Kremlin Policy

Authors: Two Brands of Russian Nationalism Drive Kremlin Policy

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kremlin Photo

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kremlin Photo

Two forms of nationalism — one seeing Moscow as the centerpiece of a Eurasian civilization, different from the West and the other defining itself as ethnically Russian — are shaping political discussion inside and outside the Kremlin and influencing actions far away from its borders, two experts on Russia said Wednesday. Read More

Analysis: What’s Next for Manila Following South China Sea Ruling?

Analysis: What’s Next for Manila Following South China Sea Ruling?

Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.

The Philippines’ Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.

The long-awaited tribunal ruling on China’s territory grab of the Western Philippine Sea finally emerged on July 12. As expected it was a mostly clean sweep for the Philippines government—judging that the claims under the PRC’s Nine-Dash Line vision were invalid, and its current activities of island reclaiming and resource grabbing were both illegal and harmful to the environment. Read More

PLAN’s Wu to CNO Richardson: Beijing Won’t Stop South China Sea Island Building

PLAN’s Wu to CNO Richardson: Beijing Won’t Stop South China Sea Island Building

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson meets with Adm. Wu Shengli, Commander of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson meets with Adm. Wu Shengli, Commander of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo

The head of the People’s Liberation Army Navy told his U.S. counterpart that China has no intention of stopping its island building campaign in the South China Sea Spratly Islands, according to Chinese state-controlled media. Read More

RIMPAC 2016: Russian Destroyer Shadowed USS America Near Hawaii

RIMPAC 2016: Russian Destroyer Shadowed USS America Near Hawaii

The Russian Udaloy-class destroyer Admiral Vinogradov (DD-572) seen on July 17, 2016 off USS America. USNI News Photo

The Russian Udaloy-class destroyer Admiral Vinogradov (DD-572) seen on July 17, 2016 off USS America. USNI News Photo

CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, the following story indicated the Russian Navy has never been invited to the Rim of the Pacific exercise series when in fact the Russian Navy was invited to RIMPAC 2012. The post has been amended to reflect the change.

ABOARD USS AMERICA, NEAR HAWAII — A Russian destroyer shadowed the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) on July 16 and 17 during the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise, generally staying about one or two nautical miles away but at times coming as close as about 1,000 yards, USNI News observed. Read More

Video: Joe Biden on U.S. Pacific Policy

Video: Joe Biden on U.S. Pacific Policy

The following is Vice President Joe Biden speaking on July 14, 2016 with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam in Hawaii. Read More

Biden Tours U.S. Carrier Stennis: Praises Sailors, Chides China

Biden Tours U.S. Carrier Stennis: Praises Sailors, Chides China

Vice President Joe Biden on July 14, 2016 speaking to sailors on USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). USNI News Photo

Vice President Joe Biden on July 14, 2016 speaking to sailors on USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). USNI News Photo

ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS JOHN C. STENNIS – Vice President Joe Biden thanked sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) for affirming U.S. presence and partnership with Asian allies during its seven-month Pacific deployment and denouncing Chinese territorial expansion. Read More