Reuben F. Johnson

How Putin Plans to Remain in Office Until 2036

Vladimir Putin’s time in office ends in 2024—Russia’s constitution currently limits a president to two consecutive terms. In an April appearance before parliament, Putin made clear his solution to this problem: reset the presidential clock to zero by amending the constitution to allow him to remain for two additional terms. This would allow him to remain in power until 2036, when he would be 83 years old.

Connecting the IRGC to the Shootdown of the Ukrainian Passenger Jet

Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard CorpsKIEV, Ukraine—On Jan. 8, Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, a Boeing 737-800 model passenger jet with slightly more than three years in service, crashed just outside of Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 passengers and crew members on board. It was the second major commercial aviation disaster connected to Ukraine involving an airliner shot down by a Russian-made air defense system.

Report Explores Who Owns Huawei

Countries wrestling with whether to permit Huawei to participate in building national 5G networks

HuaweiKIEV, Ukraine—Two western academics have examined the issue of Huawei's true ownership in an unclassified analysis paper "Who Owns Huawei," which was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Future Ukrainian NATO Membership In Question With Possibility of New President

Presidential election headed to runoff April 21

Presidential frontrunner Volodymyr ZelenskyKIEV, Ukraine—The Ukrainian presidential election will head to a runoff April 21 after Volodymyr Zelensky received 30.3 percent of the Ukrainian vote and current President Petro Poroshenko received 16 percent in the first round of voting, according to exit polling. Observers say Ukraine's hopes for NATO membership may be in jeopardy with the possibility of a new president. Ukraine's sitting president, Poroshenko had been working toward membership in the European Union as well as the NATO alliance. Zelensky had been leading significantly in the polls up until the March 31 vote, but his lead in exit polling was much higher than anticipated.

The Last Warrior Passes

Andrew W. Marshall (1921-2019)

Andrew MarshallKIEV, Ukraine—On March 26, America lost Andrew W. Marshall, one of its great foreign policy and military strategists, who succumbed to various complications associated with congestive heart failure. He was a man who was more than just a leading intellect in the art of strategic military planning. For all intents and purposes, he invented the concept of assessing the defense capacity of the United States versus its adversaries in a scientific and analytical manner. In so doing, he transformed how the Pentagon goes about addressing the relative strengths and weaknesses of its adversaries.