Peace in our time: Russia, NATO approach Black Sea flashpoint without CFE

No trust, less verify.

Russian military convoy near Ukrainian border, late 2014. (Image: CNN)
Russian military convoy near Ukrainian border, late 2014. (Image: CNN)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Middle East in flames

Interesting times.

The Assad regime may well be in its final days now, with unconfirmed reports that Bashar al-Assad was injured in the bombing that killed three of his top advisors on Wednesday, and that Asma Assad, the dictator’s wife, has fled to Russia.

As of midday Thursday, the Assad regime is attacking rebel strongholds; it has not collapsed yet.  It is still very well armed, and can fight on for months if it remains unified and all it’s fighting is the rebels.  But those latter factors may be changing irrevocably.

The central question at the operational level will be whether Russia (and perhaps China) can continue to arm the regime.  But there is an equally important strategic question, Continue reading “Middle East in flames”