Carl Schuster has been an adjunct faculty instructor at Hawaii Pacific University since 2000, after retiring as a captain with the United States Navy, and he has since earned an academic reputation for his research on China, Russia, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
His specialties also includes hypersonic weapons, which Russia claims to have used in combat in Ukraine. China is also developing similar weapons.
However, Schuster – Chief of Pacific Command’s Intelligence Operations and Director of Operations at the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific from 1994-1999 – remains skeptical about Moscow’s claims and its production capabilities.
He spoke with Luke Hunt about Russia’s relationship with China and the impact that is having on broader ties with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) where countries are increasingly looking to develop ties outside the trading bloc. Listen here.