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Richard Weitz

Richard Weitz writes a weekly column on Asia-Pacific strategic and security issues. He is director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis and a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute. His commentaries have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, The Guardian and Wall Street Journal (Europe), among other publications.

Posts by Richard Weitz
January 05, 2016

Putin’s Perennial Pivot Problem

By Richard Weitz
Why Russia’s Asia-Pacific diplomatic outreach struggles to gain traction.

September 18, 2015

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Growing Pains

By Richard Weitz
The euphoria of summer is bumping up against some tricky political realities.
February 18, 2015

Moscow and Pyongyang: From Disdain to Partnership?

By Richard Weitz
Russian-North Korean relations have been on a roll during the past year, but may soon encounter roadblocks.

June 24, 2014

Moscow’s Afghan Endgame

By Richard Weitz
Worried about the NATO withdrawal, Russia has adopted several new policies for Central Asia.

February 20, 2014

Sochi Showcases Moscow’s Asian Influence

By Richard Weitz
Russia has a strong stake in Asia. The U.S. should recognize this.

January 23, 2014

North Korea: The Problem with Reconciliation Via Engagement

By Richard Weitz
Engagement does not have a good track record at producing breakthroughs with Pyongyang.
November 21, 2013

Russia and Iran: A Balancing Act

Moscow seeks to combine pragmatism with maximum leverage, at least until Iran achieves a détente with the West.

October 30, 2013

China and North Korea: New Thinking, Old Policies

With a tougher posture on recent provocations, have China’s policies on North Korea really changed?

July 25, 2013

As Tensions with West Rise, Moscow Looks to Asia

With large-scale military exercises and huge energy deals, Russia has been increasingly assertive in Asia.

July 04, 2013

North Korean Threats Deepen Southern Nuclear Insecurities

Worries about the U.S. umbrella prompt some to call for the ROK to develop its own nuclear capabilities.

April 05, 2013

The Geopolitics of Missile Defense

Many nations already have, or are acquiring, short- and medium-range missiles. The United States is leading the efforts to negate such threats.

February 21, 2013

Obama 2.0 Confronts Asia

President Obama was broadly successful in the Asia-Pacific during his first term. He’ll have to work harder the second time around.

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