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21. December 2016

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Envoy killed in a ‘parallel universe’

The Russian ambassador was killed in Ankara on the evening of Dec. 19 .  The killer, a 22-year-old Turkish graduate of the police academy who had been fired in July after being deemed untrustworthy, fired 11 bullets into the ambassador’s back as he finished addressing the attendees at the opening of the Russia Through Turkish […]

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29. December 2016

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Syria After The Latest Ceasefire

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

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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29. December 2016

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Syria’s diplomatic ammo going into the Astana political fight

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

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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29. December 2016

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

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

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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28. December 2016

Macedonia: The Day After Tearce

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

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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23. December 2016

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Hybrid Wars 8. Crushing The East African Community (II)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Hybrid Wars 8. Crushing The East African Community (II)

The first of the EAC countries to be discussed is Kenya, which is also the strongest economy of the bloc. Due to its location and history, it’s also the one that’s the most “Western-friendly” and well known, though what is much less discussed are the myriad Hybrid War vulnerabilities that it faces. Popularly conceived of […]

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16. December 2016

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Hybrid Wars 8. Crushing The East African Community (I)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Hybrid Wars 8. Crushing The East African Community (I)

The East African Community is perhaps the most economically promising bloc of states in the entire continent, though it’s a grouping that most people don’t know anything about. Up until South Sudan’s accession in spring 2016, it was comprised of a geographically tight ‘circle’ of five states – Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania. The […]

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14. December 2016

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Who planned the terrorist operation in Palmyra?

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Who planned the terrorist operation in Palmyra?

The unexpected militant attack on Palmyra on Dec. 10 was an unpleasant revelation for everyone who expected IS/Daesh to quickly succumb after its stinging defeat in Aleppo.  Around 5,000 terrorists overcame the resistance of smaller SAA contingent who were forced to withdraw toward the T4 airbase.  Fortunately, 80% of the civilians had been successfully evacuated […]

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12. December 2016

The Implications Of Daesh’s Palmyra Offensive

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

The Implications Of Daesh’s Palmyra Offensive

Daesh is on the warpath again, this time making another attempt to seize the historic and symbolic city of Palmyra. The precise details about the course of the battle and the city’s immediate future are unclear, but what’s easier to assess are the implications behind this latest assault. The first thing is that the attack […]

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9. December 2016

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Hybrid Wars 8. In The Horn Of Africa (IIC)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Hybrid Wars 8. In The Horn Of Africa (IIC)

The final part of the Hybrid War research on the Horn of Africa region delves into the four most possible scenarios in which the region’s entire stability can be disrupted. The two preceding sections examined the state of affairs in this part of Africa and the distinct strategic situations surrounding each of the studied countries. […]

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7. December 2016

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Calming The Mainstream Media’s Trump-China Hysteria

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Calming The Mainstream  Media’s Trump-China Hysteria

Two huge stories have dominated the media over the past week, and they’re that Trump took a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s leader and that he fired off some unfriendly Tweets directed against China. Both of these stories obviously intersect by telling the world a lot about what the future of American-Chinese relations might entail […]

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3. December 2016

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Russia: Road to the Revolutions

by Julien PAOLANTONI (France)

Russia: Road to the Revolutions

We continue publishing the series of Julien Paolantoni’s essays on the history of the Russian Empire. The first two related parts were The Roots of Russia : From the Early East Slavs to the Grand Duchy of Moscow and A Superpower Rises: Foundation of the Russian Empire. Introduction Part 2 of this series was an attempt […]

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2. December 2016

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Hybrid Wars 8. In The Horn Of Africa (IIB)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Hybrid Wars 8. In The Horn Of Africa (IIB)

The first part of the research on the Horn of Africa described the regional state-to-state political dynamics, and now it’s time to delve into each country more in depth in order to acquire a heightened sense of their strategic positions. This will enable the final section about the Hybrid War vulnerabilities in the region to […]

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