Authors: Himal Neupane & Wang Li
NATO strategic response to Ukraine's annexation by the Russian Federation in March 2014 is currently focused on the forward defense of the Baltic countries, which are increasingly important in Western geostrategic planning and which control from Europe the Arctic zone, the area in which Russia can hit the US interest more easily.
No one is really fine in the European gas chamber but - just to paraphrase Orwell - someone is finer than the others. It is Germany, as you can easily imagine.
Earlier this year, the German industrial production recorded no annual growth and consumer confidence was at very low levels.
As Lev Tolstoj maintained "There is nothing stronger than those two: patience and time". These are two of the most characteristic traits of the soul and psychology of the Russian people. On the other hand, if you follow Sun Tzu’ strategic guidelines, whoever has time masters also space.
In a now famous speech delivered at the Conference on Security, held in Munich in 2007, Vladimir Putin harshly clarified the structural determinants of his foreign policy.
There is a new energy rush among many Greater Caspian states, one that continues to focus on breaking free of the heavy Russian influence while also diversifying their supply chains.