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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Strategic Posture Review: South Korea

By Richard Weitz
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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

By Richard Weitz
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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

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Managing Partnerships, not Enlargement, Is NATO’s Real Challenge

By Richard Weitz
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Despite the recent prominence given to the issue of NATO’s membership enlargement, the alliance seems destined for at least the next few years to focus on broadening and deepening its partnerships with nonmember countries and other international institutions. Partners contribute capabilities, money and legitimacy to alliance activities. But managing NATO’s diverse portfolio of partners also presents challenges. more

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When it Comes to Nonproliferation, China Has Been a ‘Free Rider’

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The Chinese, U.S. President Barack Obama said in a recent interview, “have been free riders for the last 30 years,” while the U.S. has maintained international security for the good of the world. Although Obama might not have meant to be so blunt, his remarks reflect a widespread view within Washington that China, in order to minimize foreign risks, has not been as helpful on many global issues, especially nonproliferation. more

Ukraine Crisis Torpedoes Russia-Japan Rapprochement

By Richard Weitz
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One of the major sticking points to improved Japan-Russia relations has long been the two sides’ territorial dispute over the Southern Kurils. Now the two countries have an opportunity to change matters. For the first time in decades, both have leaders who could negotiate a territorial compromise and then sell it domestically. But the Ukraine crisis has put an end to earlier hopes for a resolution. more

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NATO Summit Must Make Further Progress on Smart Defense

By Richard Weitz
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Next month’s NATO summit needs to make greater progress on Smart Defense, the alliance-wide effort to get more collective benefits out of individual members’ defense budgets. The initiative aims to induce NATO members to acquire military capabilities collectively, so that smaller members can contribute to expensive joint projects. Unfortunately, Smart Defense initiatives have so far produced limited results. more

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NATO Must Adapt to Counter Russia’s Next-Generation Warfare

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A recently released paper of the Defense Committee of the U.K. Parliament concludes that Russia’s seizure of Crimea represents a “game changer” for Western security. The authors offered useful recommendations meant to inform both the next U.K. Defense Review and the upcoming NATO summit. The alliance will need to adapt its capabilities if it is to avoid being caught off-guard by Russian tactics in the future. more

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China Advances on Missile Defense, With Eye on Dissuading Rivals

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On July 23, China conducted its third declared ballistic missile defense test in the past four years, with the Ministry of Defense announcing afterward that the test “achieved the desired objectives.” But it would be premature to conclude that Beijing now embraces BMD. Instead, the recent tests are designed primarily to overcome adversary missile defenses as well as to develop China’s anti-satellite systems. more

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Putin’s South American Trip Hides Russia’s Strategic Weaknesses

By Richard Weitz
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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to South America this month garnered considerable attention. In the U.S., some saw the trip as a tit-for-tat display of influence in Washington’s strategic backyard. However, it is best to keep Moscow’s machinations in perspective. Russia is presenting a number of challenges to important U.S. global interests, but its activities in South America are not among them. more

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For Afghanistan Election, After Kerry Deal Comes the Hard Part

By Richard Weitz
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John Kerry’s shuttle diplomacy paved the way to resolving Afghanistan’s current election crisis, while helping to establish a potential framework to address its more-enduring problems. In so doing, Kerry’s effort fortified Afghanistan’s ability to overcome future political challenges with less U.S. intervention. Despite the successful deal-making, however, Afghanistan continues to face major challenges. more