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Ukraine is turning into Liberia: “The love of liberty brought us here”

25. March 2016

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Ukraine is turning into Liberia: “The love of liberty brought us here”

Earlier this month while delivering a public lecture in Kiev, “The Challenges of an Ever-Changing World,” former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an inspiring remark for anyone who might have been thinking that life in Ukraine was bad: “You should go to Liberia where the standard of living is much lower, and then […]

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27. April 2016

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Popular representation and democracy in Syria – end of `Alawite dictatorship’?

By Kristian GIRLING (UK)

Popular representation and democracy in Syria – end of `Alawite dictatorship’?

Introduction The Syrian parliamentary election of 13 April 2016 is demonstrative of the apparent and continuing plurality of Syrian society as manifested within the People’s Council – a parliamentary body which has often been regarded as merely a façade of legitimation for the ruling Baath Party government of President Bashar al-Assad. Plurality within the parliament […]

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25. April 2016

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The Constitutional Coup-Color Revolution Two-Step In Brazil

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

The Constitutional Coup-Color Revolution Two-Step In Brazil

Brazil is in the midst of a prolonged regime change operation, as documented step-by-step by Pepe Escobar in his articles for Sputnik, RT, and the Strategic Culture Foundation. The author’s intent isn’t to get into the situational specifics of each and every detail behind the US’ techniques, but to provide a general overview of the […]

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23. April 2016

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How long will Belgrade seesaw between NATO and Russia?

By Sergey BELOUS (Russia)

How long will Belgrade seesaw between NATO and Russia?

“We intentionally set the bar too high for the Serbs to comply.  They need some bombing and that’s what they are going to get.”  This was how then-US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright described the draft peace agreement during a break at the conference in Rambouillet (February 1999).  At the time the Yugoslav delegation had […]

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22. April 2016

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Hybrid Wars 4. In the Greater Heartland (V)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Hybrid Wars 4. In the Greater Heartland (V)

(Please read Parts I, II, III, and IV prior to this article) The Ethnic Time Bomb Of Greater Uzbekistan Central Asia’s most glaring socio-political vulnerability is the idea of a Greater Uzbekistan that links the titular state with its neighboring diaspora in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. The following are situational descriptions for each of the […]

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20. April 2016

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BRICS, multipolarity and membership: the 100-200 million club

By Kristian GIRLING (UK)

BRICS, multipolarity and membership: the 100-200 million club

Introduction Since 2010 the BRICS grouping has developed as a focus of organisation among emerging regional and international powers. That it has come to in existence is indicative of a broader shift towards a multipolar world in international affairs. The success of BRICS so far other than as a novel attempt at reorientation of states […]

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18. April 2016

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What the election results tell about the reality of war-torn Syria

By Ken STONE (Canada)

What the election results tell about the reality of war-torn Syria

Tuesday’s Syrian election was a vote of confidence by the Syrian people in their government. 5,085,444 voters cast their ballots out of a possible 8,834,994 eligible voters. The overall participation rate of 58% (virtually identical to Canada’s last federal election) exceeded the government’s expectations in most places but was low in others. For example, it […]

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15. April 2016

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Hybrid Wars 4. In the Greater Heartland (IV)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Hybrid Wars 4. In the Greater Heartland (IV)

(Please read Parts I, II, and III prior to this article) The US’ History Of Regional Revolution Attempts The most significant destabilizing scenario that could ever occur in Central Asia is an “Arab Spring”-like event that ravages the region and irreversibly upsets its existing political balance. The interesting aspect about this possibility is that it […]

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11. April 2016

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A Caspian Canal? Not So Fast…

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

A Caspian Canal? Not So Fast…

Alternative media outlets have been enthusiastically sharing the news that the almost mythical plans for a trans-Iranian Caspian Canal are once more inching towards reality, eagerly welcoming such a move as being in all of the Caspian States’ ultimate self-interest. As true as that is in pertinence to the economic front and even somewhat to […]

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8. April 2016

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Hybrid Wars 4. In the Greater Heartland (III)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Hybrid Wars 4. In the Greater Heartland (III)

(Please read Part I and Part II prior to this article) Turkmenistan: The threat facing Turkmenistan is less of a Color Revolution than an Unconventional War. The catalyst for this conflict would be a terrorist invasion coming from Afghanistan that unexpectedly sweeps northwards along the Murgab River. Such an offensive doesn’t even have to reach […]

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5. April 2016

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Controlling Crime in Albania: The Ban of “Burner Phones”

By Christopher BARBER (USA)

Controlling Crime in Albania:  The Ban of “Burner Phones”

Are you in the market for a block of explosive C4 which can be activated by a mobile phone?  The going rate in Albania is 2,000 euros.  Would you like to install a second detonator, ensuring that the explosion is 100% guaranteed? Only 500 euros more!  In July 2014,  Albanian secret police investigators were offered […]

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4. April 2016

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Armenian-Azeri Tensions Just Got Alarming: Here’s Why It’s Happening (II)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Armenian-Azeri Tensions Just Got Alarming: Here’s Why It’s Happening (II)

(Please read Part I before this article) The Reverse Brzezinski Unleashed The Stratagem: The author published an analytical research paper in June 2014 whereby he expounded upon the geostrategic concept of the “Reverse Brzezinski”, which is basically the return to the US’ 1980s Afghan-style strategy of engineering debilitating quagmires for Russia but which can also […]

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4. April 2016

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Armenian-Azeri Tensions Just Got Alarming: Here’s Why It’s Happening (I)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Armenian-Azeri Tensions Just Got Alarming: Here’s Why It’s Happening (I)

The unprecedented upsurge in violence along the Line of Contact between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh has raised universal concern that a larger conflict might be brewing, with some analysts seeing it as an outgrowth of Turkey’s destabilizing anti-Russian policies over the past couple of months. As attractive as it may be to believe such […]

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