Articles by Richard Weitz

Putin's Attack Reveals Growing Clash of Values

Russian President Vladimir Putin began his February 10 speech at the Munich Security Conference by commenting that the meeting's informality "allows me to avoid excessive politeness and the need to speak in roundabout, pleasant but empty diplomatic terms. This... Read More

From Russia, a Shove

Army General Makhmut Gareyev recently discussed some of the thinking behind Russia's new military doctrine in a revealing interview with the RIA Novosti news agency. General Gareyev, president of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences, is one of the... Read More

Back to Africa

The U.S. military intervention in the Somali civil war may finally induce the Pentagon to establish a dedicated African Command (AFCOM). The ongoing air strikes against al-Qaeda targets in southern Somalia and the deployment of the USS Dwight D... Read More

Promises to Keep

Having achieved majority status in both houses of Congress in the last election, Democrats have announced plans to enact the outstanding 9/11 Commission proposals into law. But implementing all the remaining recommendations will prove difficult, at least during th Read More

Why Success in Afghanistan is Slow in Coming

NATO's problems in Afghanistan dominated much of the discussion at its recent summit in Riga. During the past year, the Taliban has launched increasingly effective operations in southern and eastern Afghanistan. The fighting this year, the heaviest since 2001,... Read More

How Best to Waive Them In

Last week's warning by the director of MI5 that British intelligence knew of dozens of terrorist plots to conduct mass casualty attacks in the United Kingdom and other countries highlights the vulnerability of U.S. homeland security to terrorist attacks... Read More

Can US and China's Military Forces Cooperate?

This week a Chinese military delegation is conducting a five-day tour of U.S. military installations. They will visit the headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii and tour a guided missile destroyer in San Diego. Last month, the Chinese... Read More

Can US and Chinese Military Forces Cooperate?

This week a Chinese military delegation is conducting a five-day tour of U.S. military installations. They will visit the headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii and tour a guided missile destroyer in San Diego. Last month, the Chinese... Read More

Beyond the Shrine

The decision of Shinzo Abe to visit Beijing on his first foreign trip as Japan's new Prime Minister has led many observers to hope that Abe can achieve a breakthrough in Sino-Japanese relations. The annual visits since 2001 of former... Read More

Diplomatic Impunity

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov openly told Pravda in 2004: "Russia's policy is neither pro-Arab nor pro-Israel. It is aimed at securing Russian national interests." These include earning money through arms sales, distancing Russia from unpopular Western pol Read More

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