Richard Weitz

Richard Weitz is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Political-Military Affairs at Hudson Institute. He analyzes mid- and long-term national and international political-military issues, including by employing scenario-based planning. His current areas of research include defense reform, counterterrorism, homeland security, and U.S. policies towards Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia, and the Middle East.

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In State of the Union, Obama Should Not Forget Asia

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What little time U.S. President Barack Obama devotes to foreign policy issues in tonight’s State of the Union speech will probably focus on the Middle East, Russia and Cuba. While these are important, Obama’s ability to leave behind a major foreign policy legacy is probably greatest in the Asia-Pacific region. more

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Calling Russia’s Bluff on Iran Nuclear Talks

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Despite fears to the contrary, a meeting yesterday between high-level Russian and Iranian officials produced no shift in Russia’s stance on Iran’s nuclear program. The lack of drama is yet another welcome sign that Russian threats to abandon the U.S. on the Iranian nuclear issue are mostly bluff. more

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Russia’s New Military Doctrine Hypes NATO Threat

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Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a revised national military doctrine that describes NATO as a major national security threat to Russia. But until Russia’s economy recovers, Moscow will struggle to achieve the capabilities required to implement its new agenda. more

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Putin Courts Modi to Advance Russia-India Economic Ties

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On Dec. 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin became the latest suitor to court Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi on the latter’s home territory. While New Delhi has ended its Cold War alignment with Moscow, India and Russia still share many overlapping interests, as the visit clearly illustrated. more

Strategic Posture Review: South Korea

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As a fully democratic and developed country, South Korea has realized its aspirations to become a major international player. Nonetheless, the persistent threat from North Korea, along with the challenge of having three of the world’s most powerful countries as neighbors, continues to constrain South Korea.

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Responding to Crises, SCO Finally Embraces Expansion

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After years of stasis, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization at its latest summit finally agreed to consider expanding the organization’s membership, which has remained fixed since its foundation in 2001. But the group still faces several obstacles to expanding its role in Eurasia. more