Category: Russia

Report from Vladivostok

Nuclear Talks, Nuclear Risks North Korea and Russia Take Next Steps VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Smiling and upbeat, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday stepped off his khaki-green armored train in far-eastern Russia for a much-anticipated summit with President Vladimir Putin that comes amid deadlocked diplomacy on his nuclear program.

The Eurasia Great Game

Eurasian Great Game; Eurasia Strategy; One Belt, One Road; New Silk Road — call it what you will. The eyes of the West are opening. Alternatives to and for the Eurodollar and Petrodollar are real, markets are shifting with new alliances. Yuan time. Next moves are strategic plays

Carnegie Nuclear Policy Conference

As the international nuclear arms control architecture collapses, the progenitors of nuclear weapons control meet up at their annual DC confab to talk of strategic issues and academically shake their heads witnessing a descent toward a nuclear precipice … Nukes in the new era of proliferation …  The 2019 Carnegie Nuclear Policy Conference

Global Security Fears: Climate and the U.S.

Global Poll (Pew Research)   Climate change increasingly ranks as the world’s most pressing security threat… Fears about American power grow … ”Nations in the survey say the influence of the U.S. is a major threat to their countries… more people now say the U.S. is a threat than in 2013 and 2017 …

On a November Day

As the U.S. energy policy continues to focus on fossil fuels, we at Strategic Demands take a look at the data and consider crude oil proved reserves. It is an appropriate moment to consider the longer term, e.g., the longevity of the U.S. fracking upsurge… and consequences

US Nuclear Posture Review Released

The new Nuclear Posture Review signals a new nuclear arms race. Luck of the draw. “Do you feel lucky?” The question of generational, existential risk takes on new dimension as strategic arms experts ask deadly end game questions. Nuclear tensions are turning to nuclear threats, an international ramp up of nuclear weapons development, ‘usable’ nukes, […]

Let Us Warn of Consequences

The U.S. needs oversight on presidential authority now. The unlimited power of the president to order nuclear use on any day at any moment for whatever reason this one person has, is an extreme and potentially cataclysmic authority. Now is the time for a sane nuclear launch system

United Nations Security Council Convenes

Failure to act warning by Sec of State Tillerson: “Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences.” In an earlier “Oval Office” Reuters interview, the president is quoted: “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea”  

Nuclear #HairTrigger, Nuclear First Use

The “button” can morph into a perverse temptation for an unstable leader. In 1974, during his impeachment proceedings, President Richard M. Nixon said to reporters: “I can go into my office and pick up the telephone, and in 25 minutes, 70 million people will be dead.”