Tag Archives: Vladimir Putin

CSIS Panel: Russia Still Dangerous in its Decline

CSIS Panel: Russia Still Dangerous in its Decline

The Russian Honor Guard stand-by as part of a ceremony in 2006. U.S. DoD Photo

The Russian Honor Guard stand-by as part of a ceremony in 2006. U.S. DoD Photo

Although “Russia is not a rising power . . . even in military terms,” Moscow can still “disturb and do harm,” one of the nation’s leading scholars on strategy told attendees at a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum Friday. Read More

Analyst: Doomsday Nuclear Torpedo Leak Gives Insight to Russian Strategic Mindset, Ballistic Missile Defense Anxiety

Analyst: Doomsday Nuclear Torpedo Leak Gives Insight to Russian Strategic Mindset, Ballistic Missile Defense Anxiety

A briefing slide of the alleged Status-6 nuclear torpedo captured from Russian television via the BBC

A briefing slide of the alleged Status-6 nuclear torpedo captured from Russian television via the BBC

A proposed Russian submarine launched doomsday weapon — the existence of which was almost certainly leaked by the Kremlin — gives clues to the Russian mindset for the development of new strategic weapons in the face of the West’s increasing ballistic missile defense capability and Russia’s shrinking national assets, a naval analyst told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

Opinion: Russia’s Desert Storm Moment in Syria

Opinion: Russia’s Desert Storm Moment in Syria

Russian fighters over Syria. Sputnik Photo

Russian fighters over Syria. Sputnik Photo

Russia is having its Desert Storm moment in Syria. The near-daily release of Russian fighter cockpit videos and missiles being launched from Russian ships in the Caspian Sea is making millions of Russians feel proud and strong. For instance, on Oct. 21, Russian media reported that 53 strike sorties struck 72 “terrorist targets.” Oddly those same reports are even convincing some in the United States that Russia is somehow more effective in Syria than the United States and its allies. Read More

Panel: Putin Surprised By E.U., U.S. Unity on Ukraine Issue

Panel: Putin Surprised By E.U., U.S. Unity on Ukraine Issue

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has been surprised by the continuing unity between the European Union and the United States in keeping economic and diplomatic pressure on Russia for its seizure of Crimea and continued meddling in Ukraine, three experts on Eastern Europe said Wednesday. Read More

Dissident: Putin Regime is Built on Contradictions

Dissident: Putin Regime is Built on Contradictions

An undated photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin Russian Presidential Press and Information Office Photo

An undated photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russian Presidential Press and Information Office Photo

One of Russia’s most prominent dissidents told the Atlantic Council on Wednesday that “the system built by [President Vladimir] Putin is contradictory” because it is “a centralized, vertical structure focused on one man” who can be limited in his view and distracted by competing demands. Read More

Panel: Russia Long Term Economic, Political Outlook is Bleak

Panel: Russia Long Term Economic, Political Outlook is Bleak

Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2013.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2013.

Russia is in a period of slow deterioration — economically and politically — with a regime that has neither a mechanism for the transfer of power nor an agenda to achieve long-term sustainable growth, a panel of Moscow watchers agreed during a forum Thursday on the country’s future. Read More

Mattis: U.S. Suffering ‘Strategic Atrophy’

Mattis: U.S. Suffering ‘Strategic Atrophy’

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis testifies at a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 18, 2014. Stars and Stripes Photo

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis testifies at a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 18, 2014. Stars and Stripes Photo

Because the United States lacks a global strategy, “volatility is going to get to the point that chaos threatens,” a former Central Command (CENTCOM) commander told a Heritage Foundation audience Wednesday. Read More

Former NATO Commander Stavridis: U.S. Should Provide Lethal Aid to Ukraine

Former NATO Commander Stavridis: U.S. Should Provide Lethal Aid to Ukraine

Soldiers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces Airborne Brigade stand in formation in 2012. US Army Photo

Soldiers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces Airborne Brigade stand in formation in 2012. US Army Photo

“We ought to be providing lethal aid”—anti-tank, anti-armor weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cyber assistance—to the Ukrainian government in its struggle with Russian-backed separatists, retired NATO commander Adm. James Stavridis told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Read More