20 Ways China Is Losing the Ukraine War

In the spring of 2022 after the contours of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine had become clear, the impact on China also became apparent. Altogether, this […]

Revisiting Russia’s “Turn to the East” amid the Ukraine War

A decade after Vladimir Putin declared that Russia would “Turn to the East,” he invaded Ukraine in the largest land war in the West since World War II. […]

Russian Thinking about the Korean Peninsula and the US Role There over a Decade

The Korean Peninsula is arguably the bellwether for Russia’s post-Cold War thinking on East Asia and the US role there. Moscow watched aghast in the 1990s after it […]

Russian Thinking about CSTO Peacekeeping: Central Asia, China, and the Ukraine War

When Putin defined his vision of a Eurasian regional order on June 17, 2016, at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, he called it the Greater Eurasian Partnership […]

Russia “Turns to the East” yet away from Japan (2012-2022)

On March 7 2022, the Russian government included Japan in an official list of countries and regions labelled as “unfriendly.” This was followed on March 21 by the […]

The Illusion that Realism Is Driving Sino-Russian Relations

Accurately assessing the prospects of relations between Moscow and Beijing has been of great importance for seven decades and a persistent test for officials making policy, especially in […]

A Russian Perspective on the Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

An authoritative Russian book makes clear how Moscow views the situation on the Korean Peninsula and what it would like the new US administration to do. The starting […]

Country Report: Russia (March 2020)

Russians agree that this is a period of transformation, but there are differences regarding the nature of the changes. Essentially, three schools of thought can be discerned in […]

Who Controls the Past Controls the Future: The political use of WWII history in Russia & China

Under a perfectly blue sky in September 2015, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin strode out to the Gate of Heavenly Peace in the center of Beijing. This was […]

Introduction

As the 2010s draw to a close, the special character of the Sino-Russian-US great power triangle is on vivid display and hints can be detected that its nature […]