Implications of China-Russia Nuclear Modernization

10/20/2011
10/20/2011 By Richard Weitz China and Russia have the world’s two most powerful militaries after that of the United States. China is undertaking perhaps the most comprehensive military modernization program in the world today, while Russia still has approximately as much nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons potential as the United…

The Afghan Drug Challenge

12/19/2010
A Russian Perspective By Dr. Richard Weitz and Dmitri Titoff, October 21, 2010 12/21/2010 - Translation provided by Dr. Richard Weitz Afghan Uniform Police and Afghan counter-narcotics teams are standing guard at “gates,” or checkpoints, surrounding the city’s entrances by highways, to protect its citizens against the import of drugs,…

The Future of NATO’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons

12/18/2010
By Dr. Richard Weitz Preparing for the NATO Summit (Credit: NATO) 12/21/2010 - One of the most important issues that NATO Heads of State addressed at their November 2010 Summit in Lisbon was what to do about the remaining U.S. tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) stationed in Europe under the alliance’s…

Iraq 2012: Nuclear Security

10/28/2010
By Dr. Richard Weitz 10/29/2010 - [caption id="attachment_11352" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Yukiya Amano, Director General of the IAEA (Credit Photo: IAEA)"][/caption] Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), faces a major challenge in seeking to prevent further nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. In addition to…

Military Diplomacy with China

09/30/2010
Can Hope Triumph Over Experience? By Richard Weitz [caption id="attachment_11443" align="alignleft" width="120" caption="(Credit photo: The Hudson Institute)By Dr. Richard WeitzCan Hope Triumph Over Experience?"][/caption] 09/30/2010 - Another theme in this year’s DoD report on the Chinese military is its appeal to China to make its military programs and objectives considerably…

Russia’s New Fifth Generation Fighter

08/17/2010
[caption id="attachment_10802" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Dr. Richard Weitz (Credit Photo: The Hudson Institute)"][/caption] By Dr. Richard Weitz The United States possess the only fifth-generation fighter currently in service, the F-22A Raptor stealth fighter, which entered the U.S. Air Force in 1997. The Russian Federation is hoping to join this exalted category…

Iraq 2012: President’s Speech Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

08/17/2010
[caption id="attachment_10829" align="alignleft" width="128" caption="(Credit Photo: the Hudson Institute)"][/caption] By Dr. Richard Weitz In his August 2 speech before a Disabled American Veterans conference in Atlanta, President Barack Obama said that the American role in Iraq was transitioning from Operation Iraqi Freedom, a military effort led by U.S. combat troops,…