Posts tagged as analysis

Lithuanian and Baltic fighters in Eastern Ukraine – analysis

Monday, May 18, 2020

Twenty-one Lithuanians joined the war in Eastern Ukraine. While 16 took up arms for Ukraine, five entered the conflict on the Russian side, writes Eglė Murauskaitė, a researcher who tracked foreign fighters in Ukraine. Baltics in-depth. LRT English presents a forum of expert voices from the region.  Although the Baltic states are prominent supporters of Ukraine, fighters from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania constitute only a modest presence among the 1,500-2,000…

Trump’s ‘success’ in Syria cedes region to Russia

By Robert Burns on Thursday, October 24, 2019

President Donald Trump declared success in Syria on Wednesday and created a bumper-sticker moment to illustrate his campaign promise to put a stop to American involvement in “endless wars.” But with his abrupt withdrawal from what he called “bloodstained sand,” the president ceded American influence over a huge swath of the region to rivals and may have spun the Middle East into a new season of uncertainty. In remarks at the White…

US-China relations deteriorating fast over flashpoint issues

By Simon Tisdall on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

China’s expanding efforts to impose its will on neighbours through diplomatic, commercial and military pressure – the so-called Xi doctrine – have drawn the sharpest riposte to date from the Trump administration, with Taiwan once again the main flashpoint in a sea of accelerating Sino-American rivalry. Following recent verbal clashes over US “freedom of navigation” patrols in disputed South China Sea waters, officials in Washington say they plan to send…