Robert Shines

Robert Shines is an Analyst with the Foreign Policy Association where he writes blogs on foreign policy analysis. He is also a Senior Analyst and Editor with Global Risk Insights, a publication providing analysis on political risk & geopolitics. Additionally, he is a Writer for Geopoliticalmonitor Intelligence Corporation, an international intelligence publication which provides comprehensive geopolitical analysis. Having previously consulted in Ukraine, his area of focus is U.S.-Russia relations. He received his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus on U.S.-China relations.

US Exceptionalism Has No Place in a Multipolar World

US-RussiaFlyby, photo credit: US Navy

The geopolitical order is changing, and Washington should take heed.

Balancing Russia in the Pacific No Easy Task for Washington

cc Flickr Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The U.S., if not careful, could find itself fighting two wars in the Asia Pacific.

The South China Sea War is Already Over

cc Flickr National Museum of the U.S. Navy, modified, public domain

The South China Sea is a core interest for China; the same can’t be said for the United States.

Missiles Just the Latest Chapter in the South China Sea Saga

US Navy, public domain

The United States’ ‘Freedom of Navigation Operations’ might risk triggering another Gulf of Tonkin-like incident in the South China Sea.

For US and Russia, All Roads Lead to China

ShanghaiNightline,, Flickr Thomas Bächinger, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Economic engagement with China is a must for both Russia and the United States, regardless of the wax and wane of East-West rivalry.

Japan Dreams of a Chinese Energy Chokehold

Shinzo_Abe,_Prime_Minister_of_Japan_(9092387608), cc Wikicommons, Chatham House London

The Japanese government is seeking allies in a bid to balance against a rising China.

NATO Expansion: Lessons Not Learned

Natoflag, cc Flickr Nicolas Raymond, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

NATO hasn’t learned any lessons from its past missteps on eastward expansion.

The Turkish Tail Wags the NATO Dog

ErdoganPort, cc Flickr thierry ehrmann, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Ankara’s vision of a “Turkic World” is behind the downing of Russia’s Su-24.

The Kuril Islands: Power Projection and Resource Protection

Sea_of_Okhotsk_map, cc Wikicommons Ras67

The disputed Kuril Islands have a key role in Putin’s vision of an empowered Russia.

Russia’s Sino-Japanese Balancing Act

Putin_Xi_Brics Summit, cc Пресс-служба Президента России

For strategic and economic reasons, Japan is truly the preferred Russian partner in Asia.

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