Trump’s Grand Plan for Russia

“Continuing to obsess over Europe, or further enmeshing the ailing Russian Federation into the tribal politics of the Middle East, is not in Moscow’s long-term strategic interests.

Washington must recognize this reality and create more amicable relations with Moscow.  If it can, then Putin will complete his securitization of Russia’s troubled periphery.  A lasting entente between the United States, Europe, and Russia would help to stabilize Russia’s western periphery.  Together with the United States (and Israel), the Russians could pulverize the remaining terrorist strongholds in the Muslim world that buttresses Russia’s south.  Then Russia could fully focus on complicating Chinese grand strategy by reinvigorating its position in the Far East.”

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Russia’s Designs for Alaska? It’s All About the Arctic.

The Russians have been taking more and more territory globally through a “salami-slice strategy.” Now, Russia has slowly expanded its presence near Alaska. They may actually be poised to lay claim to Spruce Island in Kodiak County Alaska. But, this has less to do with aims of reclaiming Alaska and more to do with their claims on the resource-rich Arctic. Read more to find out why.