Seizing Russian state assets under Canada’s SEMA could help fund the reconstruction of Ukraine and deter future aggressors.
Russia is a former superpower that retains muscle memory from its better days. Both in its near periphery and beyond, it’s capable of doing damage. But as the Ukraine war goes on, the impact of its extraterritorial adventures could take a toll at home.
Russia and the West are engaged in a “dialogue of the deaf,” pushing the OSCE toward oblivion.
Russia’s disintegration could offer strategic gains for China and the West, but there would also be significant security risks from its breakup.
Strongman Ramzan Kadyrov wields power in Chechnya through brute force, an alliance with Putin, and the exploitation of Islam.
Russia’s announcement that it intends to withdraw from the CFE treaty raises the risk it could target the Baltic states and Poland.
The recent anti-Semitic riot in Dagestan bears similarities to pogroms in the late Russian Empire.
Russia has locked itself into an economic partnership with China in which it is the supplicant. It’s a role that Moscow seems happy to play.
Xi Jinping is unlikely to disown Putin, but he will balance his support for him with the need to stabilize relations with the U.S. and Europe.
Russia has been accused by the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine of deliberately targeting journalists.
The artillery deal between Russia and North Korea could pave the way for deeper security cooperation, including in cyber warfare.