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Kazakhstan’s Pseudo Democracy

On May 25, 2019, Posted by , In Europe,Marren Haneberg, With No Comments

By Marren Haneberg In a surprise move on March 19, Nursultan Nazarbayev stepped down as Kazakhstan’s president, a position he held for nearly 19 years. He declared as interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, “a longtime diplomat who was speaker of the upper house of parliament, the Senate” (“Kazakh Ruling Party…”). Nazarbayev’s…

Current State of Russian-US Nuclear Relations

Recent developments in diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia have greatly impacted the nature of arms control in the two nuclear giants. Historically guided by various treaties, including the START, SALT, and INF agreements, nuclear tension has increased as the 2019 withdrawal from the INF Treaty by both…

What Russia’s Nuclear Modernization Means for the Future of Nonproliferation

On May 18, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports,INF Treaty,Marren Haneberg,Nuclear Weapons,Russia,Tactical Nuclear Weapons,United States, With Comments Off on What Russia’s Nuclear Modernization Means for the Future of Nonproliferation

By Marren Haneberg Russia and the US are the world’s top two possessors of nuclear weapons, holding 92 percent of nuclear weapons globally (Ploughshares Fund). Russia is modernizing its nuclear arsenal and some of its modernizations, such as the SSC-8 ground-launched cruise missile system, led the US to plan an…

Russia’s Nuclear Modernization

On May 13, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Marren Haneberg,Nuclear Weapons,Russia,United States, With Comments Off on Russia’s Nuclear Modernization

By Marren Haneberg On April 11, Russia announced that the RS-28 Sarmat missile reached its final testing phase (TASS, “Putin: Russia’s ICBM…”). The missile, an upgrade of the SS-18, is set to start production in 2021. Nicknamed “Satan 2” by NATO, it “has practically no range restrictions” and “is untroubled…

Ramifications of A Tymoshenko Presidency

On April 4, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports,Europe,Russia,Ukraine, With Comments Off on Ramifications of A Tymoshenko Presidency

By Sam Jacobsen As for the prospects of the presidential race, initial reports at the end of 2018 had Tymoshenko at the top of the pool of candidates. She began making inroads with many foreign leaders, stating via Facebook that “The presidential election is approaching, and it would be irrational…