Russia’s Power Image After Prigozhin’s Uprising
The Kremlin quickly suppressed the mutiny of Yevgeny Prigozhin, which might prove of great importance for the stability of Putin’s regime. It further undermined Moscow’s efforts to position itself as a global power, though it did not affect the fighting between Russia and Ukraine. Russia will remain an essential player in the Middle East (vital for its economy following the war). Still, the rebellion will strengthen the bargaining power of the region’s countries, including Israel, vis-à-vis Moscow.
China’s Vision of a World Order – Global Security and Ukraine Initiatives as Case Studies
China’s recent initiatives for global security – including its mediation in the Saudi-Iran rapprochement and offering a position paper for a solution in Ukraine – demonstrate the strengthening of ties with Russia, and its outreach both to Europe and countries of the ‘Global South’ that would prefer to avoid aligning with the West on geopolitical issues. Hence, it is essential to delve deeper into the detailed “Global Security Initiative” to understand China’s vision for its preferred world order and the accompanying roadmap to get there. This article analyzes this initiative.
Iran’s UAVs join Russia’s war against Ukraine
Iran has become a significant supplier of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) to Russia for its war in Ukraine. Iran’s agreement to violate the unofficial arms embargo that the world imposes on Russia has political and military significance to Israel that may be reflected in limiting Israel’s freedom of action in Syria. In the short time since their introduction on Ukraine’s battlefields, the Iranian UAVs proved their lethality and the difficulty in defending against them. Undoubtedly, Iran’s armed forces will gain valuable lessons from the operation of its UAVs in a high-intensity war. Israel must follow the developments closely.