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March 2022

By Daryl G. Kimball

President Vladimir Putin has chosen the path of destruction instead of diplomacy. His months-long buildup of a massive Russian invasion force encircling Ukraine and his decision on Feb. 21 to order Russian soldiers into the eastern Ukrainian provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk have set in motion a catastrophic war. Putin’s indefensible, premeditated assault on Ukraine will heighten tensions between NATO and Russia, increase the risk of conflict elsewhere in Europe, and undermine prospects for nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament—for years to come.


By: Daryl G. Kimball

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brutal war on Ukraine, along with his implied threats of nuclear weapons use against any who would interfere, has raised the specter of nuclear conflict. Last month, CIA Director William Burns said that although there is no sign that Russia is preparing to do so, “none of us can take lightly the threat posed by a potential resort to tactical nuclear weapons or low-yield nuclear weapons."

Negotiations are both ‘closer than we have been to a deal,’ in that some progress has been made, and ‘closer than we have been to breakdown,’ as time for agreement runs out, a U.S. official said

By Karen DeYoung

February 10, 2022 at 5:38 p.m. EST

Talks between Iran and world powers over revitalizing the Iran nuclear agreement have reached their final stage and are expected to conclude one way or the other by the end of this month, according to participants.

April 24, 2022

By Bob Davis, a reporter who covered U.S.-China economic relations for decades for the Wall Street Journal.

Looking to win congressional approval to bring China into the World Trade Organization (WTO), then-U.S. President Bill Clinton rhapsodized how closer economic ties would mean greater freedom for Chinese citizens.

Alexander Brotman

(About The Author Alexander Brotman is a political risk and intelligence analyst with a focus on EU politics and security developments. He has written for Global Risk Insights and Foreign Brief and has provided direct research support to a leading scholar of Russia and Eurasia in Washington. He received his Master’s in International Relations from The University of Edinburgh. He writes in a personal capacity and not through any professional affiliation)

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