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China, Russia Flex Muscles in Increasing Number of Close Calls with U.S. Aircraft

China, Russia Flex Muscles in Increasing Number of Close Calls with U.S. Aircraft

| October 4, 2014

A spate of dangerous midair encounters between American, Chinese and Russian military aircraft in the Pacific is the result of increasingly assertive strategies by both U.S. adversaries to project power far beyond their borders.

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America Surrenders in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine

America Surrenders in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine

| July 7, 2014

Now the world is learning the high price of American detachment.

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US Vacates Base in Central Asia as Russia’s Clout Rises

US Vacates Base in Central Asia as Russia’s Clout Rises

| June 3, 2014

The United States has handed back its only Central Asian airbase to the government of Russia’s close ally Kyrgyzstan.

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Crimea: Putin’s War for Oil and Gas?

Crimea: Putin’s War for Oil and Gas?

| May 21, 2014

In annexing Crimea, the Russians can claim ownership of—or at any rate, control over—an enormous area of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, off the Crimean shoreline, and with them their underwater resources.

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As Putin Looks East, China and Russia Sign $400-Billion Gas Deal

As Putin Looks East, China and Russia Sign $400-Billion Gas Deal

| May 21, 2014

The long-awaited agreement is a political triumph for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is courting partners in Asia as those in Europe and the United States seek to isolate him over Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

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In Taking Crimea, Putin Gains a Sea of Fuel Reserves

In Taking Crimea, Putin Gains a Sea of Fuel Reserves

| May 17, 2014

When Russia seized Crimea in March, it acquired not just the Crimean landmass but also a maritime zone more than three times its size with the rights to underwater resources potentially worth trillions of dollars.

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How Ukraine Crisis Could Pull US to War

How Ukraine Crisis Could Pull US to War

| April 18, 2014

Widespread violence or civil war would certainly be a calamity for Ukrainians. But would its consequences for American national interests require an American military response?

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West Can Ally Against Russia But It Needs Global Cooperation

West Can Ally Against Russia But It Needs Global Cooperation

| March 26, 2014

The US has convinced its Western allies to boot Russia out of the G8, but it needs the cooperation of emerging nations to avoid a new cold-war stalemate.

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Why Russia No Longer Fears the West

Why Russia No Longer Fears the West

| March 2, 2014

Western leaders are stunned because they haven’t realized Russia’s owners no longer respect Europeans the way they once did after the Cold War. Russia thinks the West is no longer a crusading alliance. Russia thinks the West is now all about the money.

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Russia’s Pipelines of Empire

Russia’s Pipelines of Empire

| November 14, 2013

Russia certainly has influence in Europe on account of its oil, and has occasionally used its oil as a means of political pressure on Belarus and Ukraine. But it is really with natural gas that energy becomes a useful political tool for Russia.

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