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Richard Weitz


Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute.

His current research includes regional security developments relating to Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia as well as U.S. foreign and defense policies. Dr. Weitz is also an Expert at Wikistrat and a non-resident Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).


US-Canada: Can Justin Trudeau Influence Donald Trump's Foreign Policy?
Trudeau will likely follow the pattern of other leaders and downplay his ideological and other differences with Trump when meeting him in person. The US President will also shun a public

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‘Mobilizing’, ‘Populist’, ‘Rebellious’: Valdai Experts Assess Trump’s…
Donald Trump’s inauguration speech on January 20, 2017 sent shockwaves across the whole American political spectrum and caused powerful repercussions internationally. In a series of interviews with
Palmyra: A Minor Setback as ISIS Runs Out of Time
After the Syrian and Russian forces capture Aleppo, they can redeploy and recover Palmyra and its surrounding areas; Palmyra is of symbolic and cultural importance but not a militarily critical

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Why Donald Trump’s Presidency Can Mean More Security for Europe
Donald Trump’s victory has raised concerns that the United States will review its commitments to NATO allies. But this does not necessarily mean less security in Europe. Trump's unpredictability

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Where Will Escalation Over Syria Take Russia and the US?
The new situation destroys what was possibly the last avenue for Russia-US cooperation. US cannot launch missile strikes with impunity. Presumable Assad victory could lead to a displacement of
Kerry and the Kremlin
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow on his latest mission to boost bilateral cooperation. According to press reports, Kerry may also raise for Moscow ‘s consideration new ideas

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Donald Trump: Dialogue With Russia, Problems With Iran
Donald Trump provides more opportunities for a change in the relationship with Russia than Hillary Clinton, although the situation is nearly the opposite for Iran, Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow and

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Valdai Paper #46: The Iranian Deal: Opportunities and Obstacles for Russian-US…
International agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue, signed in summer of 2015 (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - JCPOA), has become a turning point in efforts to strengthen the nuclear

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Why Lifting of UN Sanctions Will Not Affect US Missile Defense Plans Any Time…
US leaders fear that making concessions regarding BMD could encourage Russia, Iran, China, North Korea to make additional demands regarding US BMD and other issues.  

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Jakarta Warning Signs
Jakarta terrorist attacks are a warning about the drive of the Islamic State to carve out a territorial foothold in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, which is a sprawling land of many islands

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Valdai Club Experts on Paris Attacks
Experts of the Valdai Discussion Club continue to assess the aftermaths of the bloody terrorist attacks in Paris.
Nuclear Weapons Ambitions and How to Make Today’s World Safer
As soon as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was signed in Vienna a new major problem occurred regarding how to keep Iran from becoming a real, as opposed to a virtual, nuclear weapons state

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