Share good ideas and conversation.   Login, Join Us, or Take a Tour!
OftenBen  ·  401 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Winter Olympics: Kim Jong-un calls for further reconciliation

Understood and agreed on all points.

To expand

    China can now make a play to be the stabilizing force in Southeast Asia

There's a historical precedent for this, right? So, it makes sense that an informal chinese hegemony in the pacific could have some staying power.

    Russia can make a play for the Middle East.

Because that worked out so well for them last time. Do they not study history in Russia? I guess I have a hard time understanding the Russian geopolitical short-game here. Long-game I sort of understand, they want to be feared and respected like they were at the height of the power of the Union, if not more so. I just don't see how their current actions lead to that. I don't see all of Europe, and especially the Middle East just rolling over quietly to Rooski-takeover, but then, we all seem to have just accepted the annexation of Crimea without too much fuss.