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Strategic scenarios surrounding prolonged Kurdish insurgency in Turkey (II)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

11. August 2015

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Strategic scenarios surrounding prolonged Kurdish insurgency in Turkey (II)

(Please read Part I before this article) Strategic Scenarios Having grasped an understanding of the geostrategic imperatives motivating the four main state actors most directly involved in and affected by the Kurdish insurgency, it’s now time to put everything together in forecasting a few of the most likely scenarios that this explosive mix can result […]

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Strategic scenarios surrounding prolonged Kurdish insurgency in Turkey (I)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

10. August 2015

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Strategic scenarios surrounding prolonged Kurdish insurgency in Turkey (I)

Erdogan’s War on the Kurds has opened up yet another Pandora’s Box in the Mideast, with it looking ever more likely that the current conflict isn’t just a flash in the pan, but rather the first stages of a protracted campaign by both sides. The first part of the article argues that this is indeed […]

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The Half Non-Nuclear Bowl Beneath the Iran Nuclear Deal

By Gulam ASGAR MITHA (Canada)

4. August 2015

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The Half Non-Nuclear Bowl Beneath the Iran Nuclear Deal

Referencing the US, a friend told me “Since the neo-cons (triumphalists) assumed power, they have brought down a great country the world knew down to an empire that only serves the interest of Jerusalem. What then is the fate of America?” I answered him that he should read Cullen Murphy’s book Are We Rome? The […]

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How the Pentagon plans to defeat Eurasia and roll out Robotic Warfare (II)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

18. June 2015

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How the Pentagon plans to defeat Eurasia and roll out Robotic Warfare (II)

(Please read Part I before this article) The Third Offset The most significant aspect of Work’s speech lies in his explanation of what constitutes the Third Offset Strategy, the ongoing progressive trend of the entire US Armed Forces. Background: To briefly establish some background context, he describes an offset as being “broad technological strategies” that […]

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Yemen: the Afghanistan of the Gulf coalition

By Gulam Asgar MITHA (Canada)

27. April 2015

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Yemen: the Afghanistan of the Gulf coalition

Yemen has the potential of becoming the Afghanistan of the Gulf coalition. The Soviets in their aspiration towards the Indian Ocean were forced to abandon Afghanistan because of terrain and economic difficulties. Are the US and the Gulf monarchies aspiring of getting to the ocean or is it just to reinstate America’s point-man Mansur Hadi […]

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Iran has the right to protect itself

By Vladimir KOZIN (Russia)

16. April 2015

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Iran has the right to protect itself

On April 13, 2015 Vladimir Putin lifted Russia’s  ban on shipping S-300 antiaircraft defensive missile systems to Iran, self-imposed in 2010. Moscow and Tehran originally signed a contract to supply these systems back in 2007. At the time, the idea was  to sell a number of Russia-manufactured S-300 divisions to Iran. The term “self-imposed ban” […]

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Slogans vs messages: Middle East style

By Ghassan KADI (Lebanon)

15. April 2015

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Slogans vs messages: Middle East style

On the 4th of April 2015, and in the wake of the Saudi-led coalition attack on Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah gave an unprecedented speech in which he openly and overtly attacked Saudi Arabia and predicting its defeat in Yemen. In his previous public presentations, Nasrallah strongly criticised his local and regional […]

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Beyond The Nuclear Deal: A Civil War In The Middle East?

By Gulam Asgar MITHA (Canada)

11. April 2015

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Beyond The Nuclear Deal: A Civil War In The Middle East?

“There are 40,000,000 men under arms in the world today, and our statesmen and diplomats have the temerity to say that war is not in the making. Hell’s bells! Are these 40,000,000 men being trained to be dancers?”―Smedley Butler (Major General, an outspoken critic of U.S. military adventurism and, at the time of his death […]

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Four misconceptions about the negotiations with Iran

By CRIMSON ALTER

8. April 2015

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Four misconceptions about the negotiations with Iran

The negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program that were held all last week in Lausanne and the resulting joint action plan received such massive media coverage that we wanted to figure out – what exactly happened in this quiet Swiss resort town? Misconception # 1: The international community and Iran came to an agreement. Reality: There […]

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Who will win the Power Struggle for Tajikistan in the Central Asian ‘Great Game’?

By Adil KHAN (UK)

8. February 2015

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Who will win the Power Struggle for Tajikistan in the Central Asian ‘Great Game’?

Central Asia largely evades mainstream media coverage. This is despite it being the centre of a fascinating, ‘great game’ geopolitical contest; fought by the nations of Russia, China, the U.S., and Iran. This is a niche article specifically focusing on Tajikistan, which is vastly underdeveloped, resource rich, and ruled by a corrupt elite. Therefore the […]

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Modi’s game and the true meaning of multipolarity

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

31. January 2015

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Modi’s game and the true meaning of multipolarity

The personal chemistry on display between Obama and Modi and the strength of their symbolic statements about the other have left many scratching their heads about the political game that the Indian Prime Minister is playing. It’s all rather simple, really, since India has historically been an archetypical multipolar state that works with all players […]

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A Royal shame: Abdullah leaves a legacy of regional militancy

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

24. January 2015

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A Royal shame: Abdullah leaves a legacy of regional militancy

King Abdullah is being eulogized in the most unrealistic ways possible, from CNN designating him as a “reformer” to Chuck Hagel calling him “a powerful voice for tolerance, moderation and peace — in the Islamic world and across the globe.” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin takes the cake, however, by proclaiming that “his smart policy contributed […]

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