For those of you who have read my second book, The Absent Superpower, recent events in Ukraine should not come as a surprise. Chapter 6, The Twilight War, lays out how Russian geography and demographic realities would dictate Russian aggression in its immediate periphery. This is not a justification of Moscow’s aggression against its neighbor, but international watchers should not be feigning surprise.
There seems little doubt that war breeds corruption. Dollars that should go to building a strong military force are often sidelined into individual pockets. Afghanistan is a ”glaring” example of this with government employees and even the military benefiting from aid dollars.