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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As Russia-China Alignment Grows, Shared Vulnerabilities Emerge

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One noteworthy aspect of last week’s Victory Day celebrations in Moscow was the emphasis Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping placed on their countries’ historical and other ties. Yet the two leaders’ growing alignment highlights shared vulnerabilities and inefficiencies common to authoritarian regimes. more

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Russia Tensions Threaten U.S. Arctic Council Agenda

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When the U.S. assumed chairmanship of the Arctic Council last month, it declared its top priority to be managing the impact of global climate change on the region in cooperation with the other Arctic countries. But tensions with Russia could impede bilateral cooperation on this and other issues. more

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New Technologies Complicate U.S.-Russia-China Arms Control

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The 2015 review conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which began yesterday, will put a spotlight on a number of issues, including the potential for a nuclear deal with Iran. However, the current arms control stalemate among the U.S., Russia and China will also shape the conference’s outcome. more

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U.S. Seeks to Reassure Japan, South Korea on Asia Pivot

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Ashton Carter recently concluded his first visit to East Asia since becoming U.S. secretary of defense. His discussions in Japan and South Korea signaled that he has quickly become a pivotal player in the administration’s policy of “rebalancing” U.S. strategic priorities toward the region. more

Hybrid Power: The Limits of Russia’s Military Resurgence

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Despite the remarkable recovery of its military-industrial complex in the past decade, Russia remains a regional military power with limited global power-projection capabilities. Recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of the Russian defense sector is crucial for assessing a potential Russian military threat. more

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Spoilers Emerge as Iran Nuclear Talks Reach Delicate Endgame

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With the deadline for a framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program fast approaching, critical players have been expressing opposition to a deal they perceive as too lenient. In this context, the role played by Russia and China in the negotiations could prove critical for the success of any deal. more

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With Good Game Plan, U.S. Can Tough Out NPT Review Conference

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Next month’s Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty promises to be much more contentious than the previous 5-year review conference held in 2010. However, with a good game plan, the Obama administration can limit the damage to U.S. interests and the nonproliferation regime. more

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As China Ponders BMD Options, U.S. Must Consider Responses

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China has been researching ballistic missile defense for years, albeit on a low-key basis and with no clear commitment to deploy a national system. Nevertheless, China’s BMD capabilities could eventually affect strategic stability between China and the U.S., putting the issue on policymakers’ radar. more

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Bond With Modi Helps Obama’s India Visit Exceed Expectations

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Though Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States last year yielded few concrete results, it created a personal rapport between him and U.S. President Barack Obama. This week, that bond helped the two overcome obstacles in the bilateral relationship to achieve progress in important areas. more

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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