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  • Three Main Challenges to China-Russian Cooperation

    In February 2022, the Russian Federation led by President Putin and the leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC),  President Xi Jingping, issued a joint statement asserting their alliance, branded as “The Sides”.2

  • Russian Grand Strategy Evolution

    Maj David  AndersonRussia’s failed attempt at regime change in Ukraine will require it to reduce its ambitionof being recognized as the leader of Eurasia and to increase its cooperation with new centers ofpower to mitigate isolation from the west and avoid economic dependence on China.


    LCDR Stephanie Wexler:Given the current security situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin’s concept of escalation management is focused on minimizing both vertical and horizontal escalation abroad in order to achieve its strategic goals. The Kremlin’s implementation of escalation management is


    LCDR Stephanie Wexler:Recent changes to Russian domestic law regarding protesting and information sharing represent a fearful Kremlin. Russia’s two major periods of government destabilization and collapse in the twentieth century were preceded by the easing of information and censorship laws.1

  • Russian Way of War

    Maj Patrick McGetrick: Russia’s new way of war is riddled with oversights and assumptions of easy victories based on a history of military actions. Russians fought conflicts for defensive purposes throughout history, yet most of their recent efforts have been offensive. Historic lessons

  • Sanctions on Russia when China is Involved

    Maj Patrick McGetrick: Global sanctions on Russia are meant to apply economic pressure long enough to force them to stop their invasion of Ukraine. Russia survived sanctions before following its invasion of Crimea. New sanctions on Russia are meant to impose even greater costs on their economy.

  • Russia’s Way of War

    Maj Maggie Ballard:As Russian forces drawback from Northern Ukraine, they leave behind evidence of their way of war. Prior to the Russian retreat, as reports surfaced of Ukrainian hospitals and theaters serving as shelters being hit by Russian artillery, the West was concerned but accustomed to the

  • Kremlin’s Concept for Using Chemical & Biological Weapons

    Maj Maggie Ballard:The Kremlin’s concept of using chemical and biological weapons given the current conflict in Ukraine is that these weapons are a tool that provides an asymmetric advantage and may be used covertly or overtly as required to achieve political objectives. The west’s

  • Russian Escalation Management in Ukraine Crisis, 2022

    Maj Frank Perry:Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February of 2022 provided a significant data point regarding Russian forces’ readiness, tactics, techniques and procedures, and escalation management. What was once conceptual and only captured in Russian doctrine has now seen “first

  • Battening Down the Hatches

    Maj Frank Perry:Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February of 2022 was met with international criticism and outrage throughout the globe. The Kremlin is acting swiftly to shield the Russian public from dissenting voices, both inside and outside of the country. The censoring of social media, news