What is Russia-Belarus’ Zapad 2017?

The joint Russian-Belarusian strategic military exercise called Zapad 2017 is scheduled for 14–20 September 2017, and will be mainly held in Belarus and Russia’s Kaliningrad Oblast. Запад-2017 means West-2017 in English, and is clearly aimed at demonstrating…

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Kim Jong Un inspects hydrogen bomb prior to be installed in ICBM

North Korea Tests Hydrogen Bomb

North Korea successfully tested a hydrogen bomb in an underground blast. Kim Jong Un inspected the new hydrogen bomb prior to having it loaded into a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). In the sixth-ever nuclear…

S-400 Air Defense Missile System

Russia’s A2/AD in Crimea

Russia has been actively upgrading its anti-access/area-denial — commonly known as A2/AD — capabilities in Crimea since the reunification in 2014. Strategically, Crimea is of vital importance to Russia due to its naval base in…