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What’s going on in Gambia?

Friday, January 20, 2017

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What’s going on in Gambia?

An international scandal has been unfolding over the past month due to supposedly outgoing President Jammah’s flip-flopping remarks, with even the UN Security Council asking him to respect the democratic vote of the people and step down like he promised. Just yesterday, in fact, the regional military-economic integrational bloc of ECOWAS launched an invasion in […]

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Is India menaced by Russia’s apparent partnership with Pakistan?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Is India menaced by Russia’s apparent partnership with Pakistan?

The Russian news agency Sputnik has featured a commentary by Moscow-based expert, Andrew Korybko signalling an imminent leap forward in the Kremlin’s strategy toward ties with Pakistan. Unsurprisingly, Sputnik claims that it has nothing to do with the opinions expressed in the commentary, which are the author’s personal opinion, but then, such things do not […]

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Hybrid Wars 8. Is it high time for HW in the African Highlands?

Friday, January 13, 2017

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Hybrid Wars 8. Is it high time for HW in the African Highlands?

Rwanda and Burundi straddle the African highlands in the central part of the continent, occupying an ultra-strategic position along the transregional border between East and Central Africa. Overpopulated, mostly agricultural, and plagued with a past of ethnic violence, these two similar neighboring states are bound to share an interrelated destiny due to their near-identical demographic […]

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What awaits Syria at the Astana talks?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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What awaits Syria at the Astana talks?

The Russian-Iranian-Turkish Tripartite is preparing to mediate a new round of intra-Syrian talks in Astana sometime soon, and President Assad just announced that he is ready to negotiate on “everything” provided that the process follows the legal mechanisms laid out in the Syrian Constitution. Australian professor and prominent Syrian activist Tim Anderson is correct when […]

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The crisis for Christianity in the Middle East

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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The crisis for Christianity in the Middle East

Introduction Christianity currently faces an existential crisis in its place of origin which is seeing an exodus of Christian migrants in the face of persecution and substantial socio-economic decline. The crisis is being overlooked or ignored by many states of Christian heritage and even by many churches. Few institutions have taken the opportunity to extend […]

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Political Uncertainty In Post-Daesh Iraq

Monday, January 9, 2017

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Political Uncertainty In Post-Daesh Iraq

The political future of Iraq is uncertain because of the intensified domestic splits between its constituent Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish communities which were exacerbated by Daesh over the past couple of years. Post-2003 Iraq has been continually plagued by communal violence, but never before had each of its three communities been so divided from one […]

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Russian Revolutions and Civil War

Saturday, December 31, 2016

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Russian Revolutions and Civil War

Related: The Roots of Russia: From the Early East Slavs to the Grand Duchy of Moscow (part 1); A Superpower Rises: Foundation of the Russian Empire (part 2), The Road to the Revolutions (part 3) Introduction Part 3 of this series set out the political, economic and intellectual context leading to the Russian Revolutions. This […]

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Hybrid Wars 8. Uganda’s Pivotal Future Could Be Undermined

Friday, December 30, 2016

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Hybrid Wars 8. Uganda’s Pivotal Future Could Be Undermined

Uganda is a country that many people seem to have heard of, but barely anyone except the locals knows anything about. Nestled near the divided but resource-rich Central African region, yet still technically part of the integrating and market-focused East African one, Uganda could serve as a critical bridgehead in linking together two dynamic areas […]

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Syria After The Latest Ceasefire

Thursday, December 29, 2016

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Syria After The Latest Ceasefire

(Please read the first two articles, “Is the Tripartite really on the verge of ‘dicing up’ Syria?” and “Syria’s diplomatic ammo going into the Astana political fight”, in order to understand the relevant background and analytical forecasts pertaining to Syria’s situation after the latest ceasefire. This article is a summarized review of the two preceding […]

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Syria’s diplomatic ammo going into the Astana political fight

Thursday, December 29, 2016

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Syria’s diplomatic ammo going into the Astana political fight

(Please read the first part of this series titled “Is the Tripartite really on the verge of ‘dicing up’ Syria?” prior to this article. It deals with the finer details about Reuters’ speculative report, which the author does not believe is validated or accurate, but nonetheless deserves to be addressed. In connection with this, it’s […]

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Is the Tripartite really on the verge of “dicing up” Syria?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

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Is the Tripartite really on the verge of “dicing up” Syria?

Reuters just released a scandalous report jam-packed with statements from “unnamed sources” alleging that the Tripartite of Russia, Iran, and Turkey are conspiring to “dice Syria into spheres of influence”. Considering that it’s chock-full of unverifiable “statements” and rampant speculation, the article shouldn’t be taken too seriously and could very well be disinformation designed to […]

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Macedonia: The Day After Tearce

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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Macedonia: The Day After Tearce

The results are in, and VMRO has beaten back yet another ‘soft coup’ attempt in the Republic of Macedonia. Although there were very legitimate fears that SDSM and its foreign backers might resort to large-scale voter fraud and other such tricks in order to tip the scales in their favor, this was averted because of […]

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