Tag: Military

Moscow Will Use Crimea Vote to Expand Naval Presence in Black Sea and Mediterranean

March 18, 2014

Staunton, March 18 – If Russia succeeds with its Anschluss of Crimea, Moscow will be in a position to dramatically expand its naval base a Sevastopol and thus change the military balance in the Black and Mediterranean seas, an outcome that could have geopolitical consequences as severe as Vladimir Putin’s efforts to dismantle and humble […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 12: Putin Prepares an Invasion

March 1, 2014

Amid reports of more Russian troops in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed sending a stabilization force into the country until it is “normalized.” This is an invasion, just under a different name. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see see our latest podcast. Below, we […]

Ukraine Liveblog: Day 9 — Unifying the Police and Military

February 26, 2014

The country is simultaneously more united and more divided today, and the interim government is gaining control or disbanding part of deposed president Yanukovych’s security apparatus. At the same time, rival protests have been held in east Ukraine, and there’s now a growing rift between those who wish to declare independence from Ukraine and those […]

War Games and Shiny New Guns

July 17, 2013

Currently north Asia is abuzz with military activity. And for once the main culprit is not North Korea, it’s Russia. But the activity is confined to drills and training exercises. Russia and China have been holding large-scale naval exercises—China has sent seven warships and Russia has committed its Pacific Fleet flagship, the guided-missile Slava class […]