In Asia, economy and security can’t be separated

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrive for the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo on May 24. Saul Loeb | afp | Getty Images TOKYO — Security deals are important, but in Asia, money talks. Australia, India, Japan and the United … Read more

What North Korea might do as Biden visits Japan, South Korea, meets Quad

North Korea could launch an intercontinental missile test or even a nuclear test to try to overshadow US President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to South Korea, an expert told CNBC on Friday. “They’ve already done two intercontinental ballistic missile tests earlier this year and we’ve been seeing tunneling activity preparing for a nuclear test,” Bruce … Read more

Two maps show NATO’s growth and Russia’s isolation since 1990

A Swedish soldier takes part in exercises on May 17, 2022. Her country, along with Finland, now wants to join NATO. Jonathan Nackstrand | afp | Getty Images Russia has become increasingly isolated from the rest of Europe over the last 30 years, and maps of the continent illustrate just how drastic the change has … Read more

Biden says Sweden, Finland NATO bids have full U.S. backing

US President Joe Biden, Swedens Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finlands President Sauli Niinistö arrive to speak in the Rose Garden following a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 19, 2022. Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Thursday that the United States fully supports … Read more

Russia military veteran Khodaryonok in damning assessment of Ukraine war

Destroyed military equipment of the Russian army in the city of Bucha. Soup Images | Lightrocket | Getty Images In a country where independent media and commentary has all but disappeared from public view, it’s rare to hear dissenting voices on the many state-controlled TV networks in Russia — particularly now with the country at … Read more

Biden set to redeploy U.S. troops to Somalia, reversing Trump withdrawal

US army soldiers stand at an observation point during the “African Lion” military exercise in the Tan-Tan region in southwestern Morocco on June 18, 2021. Fadel Senna | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has approved a plan to redeploy US troops to Somalia, a reversal of former President Donald Trump’s order … Read more

Finland and Sweden joining NATO will help deter Russia, says security analyst

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, here seen addressing a press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Helsinki, Finland, on Wednesday, signed a security pact with Finland just ahead of the European nation’s decision on whether to apply for NATO membership. Frank Augstein | afp | Getty Images The decision by Finland and Sweden to … Read more

‘Reckless’ to talk about defeating Russia, says former advisor to Soviet Union

Russia has “considerable firepower” and it’s reckless to talk about defeating the country, according to a former economic advisor to the Soviet Union. Jeffrey Sachs, now an economics professor at Columbia University, said the US seems to believe it can beat Russia militarily, and the West is supporting Ukraine in its effort to push Russia … Read more

Finland announces bid to join NATO in historic move

A French soldier takes part in a major drill as part of NATO’s EFP (Enhance forward presence) operation at the Tapa Estonian army camp near Rakvere, on February 6, 2022. Alain Jocard | afp | Getty Images Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Thursday that the country should apply to join … Read more