Behind the Headlines: The Underreported Significance of the Russia and NK Meeting

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INTERVIEW ON THE PRICE OF BUSINESS SHOW, MEDIA PARTNER OF THIS SITE.

Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed Jeffrey Schloesser.

Price and Schloesser discuss an important meeting this week between Putin and Un in North Korea.`

The recent meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was significant for several reasons, reflecting a deepening alliance amidst the geopolitical tensions related to the Ukraine war and international sanctions.

Historically, Russia would treat North Korea like a vassal. However, with Russia’s weakened position due to sanctions and need for ammunition, the two really appeared like equals. Here’s what the parties got:

  1. Military and Technological Cooperation: One of the primary outcomes of the meeting was Russia’s agreement to assist North Korea in developing satellite technology. This is particularly important for North Korea, which has faced challenges in successfully launching its own satellites. Putin’s promise to help build satellites could enhance North Korea’s reconnaissance and intelligence capabilities, which are crucial for its military ambitions (The Diplomat) (The Diplomat). Such advances would make North Korea all the more dangerous to the US and its allies.
  2. Arms Supplies and Sanctions Evasion: The meeting also highlighted potential military cooperation, with Russia seeking North Korean artillery and ammunition to support its efforts in Ukraine. This reflects Russia’s increasing reliance on unconventional sources for military supplies due to international sanctions and the ongoing conflict (RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty).
  3. Strategic Implications: For North Korea, this alliance provides economic and technological benefits, helping it mitigate the effects of international sanctions. It also emboldens Kim Jong Un’s regime by providing an alternative partner to China, which has traditionally been North Korea’s main ally but has taken a more cautious approach regarding its international actions (38 North).
  4. Geopolitical Signals: The summit sends a clear message about the shifting alliances and the growing cooperation between states that are isolated or sanctioned by the West. It underscores the limits of U.S. and U.N. sanctions and highlights the need for a reassessment of international strategies regarding North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and regional stability (The Diplomat).

Overall, the meeting is a strategic maneuver for both countries, reinforcing their respective positions against Western pressure and potentially altering the balance of power in the region. Gen. Schloesser noted that this was definitely a “Quid Pro Quo” event. It was very transactional and its implications could be far reaching.

According to a statement, “Major General Jeffrey Schloesser (US Army Ret) author of Marathon War: Leadership in Combat in Afghanistan.

“From Major General Jeffrey Schloesser—former Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division and Regional Command-East—comes a revealing memoir of leadership in the chaos and fog of the Afghanistan War.

“Join Major General Schloesser in the daily grind of warfare fought in the most forbidding of terrain, with sometimes uncertain or untested allies, Afghan corruption and Pakistani bet-hedging, and the mounting casualties of war which erode and bring into question Schloesser’s most profoundly held convictions and beliefs. Among several battles, Schloesser takes readers deep into the Battle of Wanat, where nine U.S. soldiers were killed in a fierce, up-close fight to prevent a new operating base from being overrun. This encounter required Schloesser to make tactical decisions that had dramatic strategic impact, and led him to doubts: Can this war even be won? If so, what will it take?”This book is a rare insight and reflection into the thoughts of critical national decision-makers including President George W. Bush, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, then-Senator Barack Obama, and numerous foreign leaders including Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Key military leaders—including then Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, then Central Command Commanding General David Petraeus, then Lieutenant General and future Chairman Martin Dempsey, and International Security Force Commander General David McKiernan—all play roles in the book, among many others, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley and Army Chief of Staff General James McConville. Analyzing their leadership in the chaos of war Schloesser ultimately concludes that successful leadership in combat is best based on competence, courage, and character

The book is “Marathon War: Leadership in Combat in Afghanistan.”

“BIO: Jeff Schloesser is a retired Army Major General who commanded the 101st Airborne Division for thirty-three months, including fifteen months in combat in Afghanistan. In his thirty-four-year Army career he served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Albania, Kuwait, Haiti, Jordan, Korea, and twice in Germany.

“He was an assistant division commander in the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq 2003-04, the first Global War on Terrorism Planning Director in the Pentagon after 9/11, and the first Deputy Director at the National Counterterrorism Center for Strategic Operational Planning.

“An aviator, Jeff commanded two battalions of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and a brigade task force in Albania and Kosovo.

“He resides with his wife Patty in Park City, Utah, and northern Virginia. He has completed thirty-eight marathons.”

 

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