John Dobson

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Why the Quad should become the Quint

The arrival of Yoon Suk-yeol as President of South Korea earlier this year is a golden opportunity to strengthen the...

German Economy Minister Habeck visits companies hit by energy crisis

Putin turns the screw as Europe descends into economic and political turmoil

Germany is uniquely vulnerable to Russian threats to reduce gas flows. The sheer volume of gas that Berlin imports, almost...

A vendor sells meat products in front of a destroyed market in Donetsk

No, Mr Putin, they’re not Nazis, but you are a Fascist

Putin’s focus on imaginary Nazis illustrates his bizarre and dangerous behaviour in his final years. Many political scientists have concluded...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Moscow

Is Ukraine’s plight hastening Iran’s nuclear bomb?

It is likely that Tehran has concluded that if Ukraine had kept its nuclear weapons, Putin would not have dared...

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Xi Jinping’s warped idea of democracy will destroy Hong Kong

The high level of prosperity in the former colony is now under threat by China’s crackdown, as international investors become...

Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kremenchuk

US and G7 increase sanctions against Russia, but are they working?

The challenge currently facing Ukraine and its partners is the disconnect between the West’s powerful long-term sanctions and the shorter-term...

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The gap that could start World War III

Something scary happened last week, something that could escalate quickly into a world war. A train from Moscow to the...

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Vladimir the Not-So-Great

Unlike Peter the Great, who had a record of success, there is growing evidence that Vladimir will fail in his...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz signing the agreement

India and Germany are close, but Russia’s invasion is creating problems

India will be Germany’s special guest at the important G7 summit it is hosting at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian...

33rd anniversary of the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, in Hong Kong

As China’s youth feel dejected, Xi faces the rise of ‘bai lan’

Frustrated by mounting uncertainties and lack of economic opportunities in Jinping’s kingdom, youth have come up with a new phrase...

Ukrainian farmers wear body armours to plough frontline fields

Russia is weaponising food supplies which will cause global chaos

‘If we do not feed people, we feed conflict’, Antonio Guterres said, urging Russia to release Ukrainian grain exports. Even...

Victory Day and 77th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Moscow

Russia is dying out; here’s why

For the many Russians fleeing the Putin regime, the collapse of their world is a personal tragedy. It’s also a...

British Prime Minister Johnson meets Finnish President Niinisto, in Helsinki

Putin’s plans backfire, Finland and Sweden will join Nato

Until recently, Finnish leaders saw Nato membership as an unnecessary provocation to Moscow. London: It was all so predictable. Last...

Woman stands in front of her house after a missile strike hit a residential area in Bakhmut in the Donetsk region

Will Vlad go nuclear?

Many would consider reminders of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as alarmist, but the fact remains that nuclear weapons, or at least...

Russian President Putin meets with athletes in Moscow

Why Vladimir Putin is unlikely to survive his invasion of Ukraine

There is even growing speculation that his personal decision to go to war with Ukraine was as a result of...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the eighth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea in Moscow

Is Putin’s war on Ukraine really about religion?

Putin told the crowd that Saint Fyodor had once said that ‘the storms of war would glorify Russia’. ‘This is...

First shipment of China's Sinopharm's vaccines arrive in Belgrade

China plans to replace Russia as Serbia’s bestie

China’s investments in Serbia recently exceeded three billion euros and Chinese infrastructure loans were in excess of eight billion. Last...

Russian marines train in the Kaliningrad region

Why are Russian armed forces performing so badly?

What is surprising to the military analysts in the West, is the ineptitude of Russian forces in a war that...

Local resident drives past a destroyed Russian armoured personal carrier in the village of Nova Basan

China will be the big winner from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

 The upside for China will be that as Russia becomes more economically and politically isolated, Beijing will seek to profit...

NATO summit on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Brussels

Peacemaker Turkey, between a rock and a hard place

Of all the countries in the region, the war in Ukraine has put Turkey in the most difficult geopolitical position....

A woman looks on near a food truck painted as a Russian matryoshka doll and set near the closed oldest McDonald's restaurant in Moscow

Vladimir Putin is destroying Russia’s future

Vladimir Putin was willing to pay a high price for a gain, but is ending up paying a higher price...

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Echoes of Grozny and Aleppo reverberate around Ukraine

With the Kremlin’s plan of a quick victory and the installation of a puppet government in Kyiv having convincingly failed,...

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Putin has made the European Union great again

‘And just as Vladimir Putin thought that he would destroy European unity, exactly the opposite has happened. Cooperation is solid...

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Is Vlad mad or simply bad?

This is no longer just about Ukraine; every former Soviet state is, by implication, now in the firing line. A...