RUSSIA MONITOR MONTHLY 12/2021
Could Russia Attempt A Sea Blockade Of Ukraine?

Could Russia Attempt A Sea Blockade Of Ukraine?

Southern Ukraine is particularly vulnerable to a Russian attack. First, a massive military force is stationed in Russian-occupied Crimea. Secondly, Russia enjoys an overwhelming advantage at sea. Possibly the Kremlin will block the Kerch Strait and sea routes running to Ukrainian sea ports west of Crimea, notably Odesa. A non-military blockade could eventually bring the Ukrainian economy to its knees.

United Arab Emirates. Escalating Conflict with the Houthi Rebels

United Arab Emirates. Escalating Conflict with the Houthi Rebels

The conflict in Yemen has been a disaster for millions of its citizens who have fled their homes, many of whom are on the brink of starvation. The United Arab Emirates joined the coalition against the Houthis in 2019. Yemeni non-governmental forces backed by the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates have dealt the rebels some very painful blows recently. Three districts in the Shabwa governorate were recaptured. The clashes were only part of a surge in violence taking place in a devastated country where the war is fought on several fronts

Russian Invasion Could Begin In Donbas

Russian Invasion Could Begin In Donbas

Recent days brought more reports that Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine may begin in Donbas. Russia has started a military buildup in what is known as people’s republics and is now laying the political groundwork for an armed intervention in southeastern Ukraine.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Makes A New Offer

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Makes A New Offer

Russia does not want a new round of talks on Ukraine and NATO. Nonetheless, after some harsh statements from Russian officials and Moscow’s belligerent actions, including its military dispatch to Belarus, Russia is now mitigating its recent demands. This is evidenced by the statement from Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, who said what would satisfy Moscow in its negotiations on NATO and Ukraine.

China’s Demographic Slowdown

China’s Demographic Slowdown

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been ranked among the world’s most populous countries since its establishment. At the beginning of 2022, the country still tops that list, but the latest data of the National Bureau of Statistics of China shows a worrying population trend.

Analytical articles
Is Chinese Real Estate Market Situation a Symptom of PRC’s Economy Problems?

Is Chinese Real Estate Market Situation a Symptom of PRC’s Economy Problems?

Official data on the growth of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) GDP, released in January this year, indicated that the Chinese economy grew by 8.1% in 2021, which met the government’s growth target of “over 6%.” Despite this growth rate, some symptoms of PRC’s domestic economic problems are appearing.

Could Russia Attempt A Sea Blockade Of Ukraine?

Could Russia Attempt A Sea Blockade Of Ukraine?

Southern Ukraine is particularly vulnerable to a Russian attack. First, a massive military force is stationed in Russian-occupied Crimea. Secondly, Russia enjoys an overwhelming advantage at sea. Possibly the Kremlin will block the Kerch Strait and sea routes running to Ukrainian sea ports west of Crimea, notably Odesa. A non-military blockade could eventually bring the Ukrainian economy to its knees.

United Arab Emirates. Escalating Conflict with the Houthi Rebels

United Arab Emirates. Escalating Conflict with the Houthi Rebels

The conflict in Yemen has been a disaster for millions of its citizens who have fled their homes, many of whom are on the brink of starvation. The United Arab Emirates joined the coalition against the Houthis in 2019. Yemeni non-governmental forces backed by the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates have dealt the rebels some very painful blows recently. Three districts in the Shabwa governorate were recaptured. The clashes were only part of a surge in violence taking place in a devastated country where the war is fought on several fronts

Illegal firearms flow on the U.S-Mexican border

Illegal firearms flow on the U.S-Mexican border

The Law regulations on purchase of firearms in the U.S. differs depends on state. The smallest number of requirements needed to meet in order to get a gun are present in U.S-Mexico borderline states like Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. On the other side of the border, Mexican Constitution strongly restricts possibilities to obtain any kind of firearms for anyone, but the authorities.

Special Reports
The Situation on the Poland-Belarus Border: Background, Geopolitics, Narratives

The Situation on the Poland-Belarus Border: Background, Geopolitics, Narratives

What is now taking place on the Poland-Belarus border was triggered by a political crisis in Belarus that has unfolded since August 2020. Back then, Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko, in power since 1994, was declared winner of a presidential election that opponents and the West said had been rigged.

Kosovo in foreign policies of Poland and Hungary

Kosovo in foreign policies of Poland and Hungary

Poland and Hungary are two Central European states, who thanks to their similar geopolitical positions and historic experiences have approximately the same vision about several matters from security policy, through economy to European politics. One of these are the Western Balkan policies and within that the recognition and support of the statehood of Kosovo. Or is it?

U.S.-China Trade War: Origins, Timeline and Consequences

U.S.-China Trade War: Origins, Timeline and Consequences

The first version of this report was published in early April 2020, during the early period of the COVID-19 pandemic and after the „phase one“ deal was signed. The situation worldwide and U.S.-China ties have both gained momentum since the report was first released, to which added up the intense presidential campaign in the United States and the worsening recession across the globe.

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