Russia's aging population presents important challenges for the country. Photo Credit: Needpix. Russia is no stranger to the challenges of the so-called “demographic crisis,” with declining birth rates and low life expectancy receiving significant attention in the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Although the country managed to reverse this population loss in … Continue reading Russia’s People Problem
Author: Robert Kobza
Another Tool in the Toolbox: Using Intermediate-Range Missiles to Counter Chinese A2/AD in the Pacific
The Defense Department conducts a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, Calif. Photo Credit: Department of Defense/ Scott Howe. On August 2nd, the State Department issued a press release confirming the withdrawal of the United States from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty.[i] Initially signed by President Ronald Reagan … Continue reading Another Tool in the Toolbox: Using Intermediate-Range Missiles to Counter Chinese A2/AD in the Pacific
The European Union’s Defense Ambitions Threaten to Undermine European Security
Signing the joint notification on the permanent structured cooperation. Photo Credit: Tauno Tõhk/European Council. In recent years, the European Union has put forth a host of initiatives aimed at improving the region’s defense and security. These proposals are wide-ranging, covering areas from defense spending to a “European Army.” While efforts to create improvements in defense … Continue reading The European Union’s Defense Ambitions Threaten to Undermine European Security
Peace in Ukraine, But at What Cost?
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, right, greets Ukrainian prisoner upon his arrival home. Photo Source: Efrem Lukatsky/AP. On September 7, 2019, 70 prisoners were successfully exchanged between Russia and Ukraine. The transfer has been welcomed by members of the international community as a sign of positive momentum toward a peaceful solution that could end the conflict … Continue reading Peace in Ukraine, But at What Cost?