I was looking for something to comment on but all I'm finding "above the fold" (youngsters won't remember what that meant) is more-smoke-than-fire stuff about Russia.
Russia? In my life, they have gone from Looming Existential Threat to Struggling Democracy to WTF? and back to being force-grown as a World Threat. It's certainly no nation to want for a neighbor these days, especially for countries that were once a part of the Soviet hegemony.
But it's pretty much a thugocracy, and one with simple motives and predictable territorial ambitions. A kind of a spoiler, lurking around the edges and grabbing what it can.
Meanwhile, when was the last time you heard anything about the South China Sea?
8 months ago