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Terrorism as Pretext for Intervention in Middle East

By Nauman SADIQ (Pakistan)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

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Terrorism as Pretext for Intervention in Middle East

In order to understand the hype surrounding the phenomena of Islamic radicalism and terrorism, we need to understand the prevailing global economic order and its prognosis. What the pragmatic economists have forecast about the free market capitalism has turned out to be true; whether we like it or not. A kind of global economic entropy […]

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Hybrid Wars 4. In the Greater Heartland (III)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Friday, April 8, 2016

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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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Great Game & Partitioning Of Syria

By Shelley KASLI (India)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

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Great Game & Partitioning Of Syria

Russia’s decision to greatly reduce its military presence in Syria, coming as it did with little warning, has left the world struggling for explanations. Russia is to maintain a military presence at its naval base in Tartous and at the Khmeymim airbase. In fact Russia is “withdrawing without withdrawing”. The partial withdrawal is seen by […]

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“The New Middle East”: Russian Style (IIA)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

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“The New Middle East”: Russian Style (IIA)

(Please read Part I before this article) The first part of the article touched upon the defining elements that constitute the paradigm shift created by the Coalition of the Righteous (COR), so it’s time to examine the geopolitical consequences of this game-changing development. Each observation deals either with an analyzed observation or a forecasted scenario, […]

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (IV)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (IV)

(Please read Part I, Part II, and Part III prior to this concluding piece) All of the previously acquired information from the three earlier parts allows one to form four phased scenario forecasts that help predict the contours and consequences of the US-Iran and Russia-Saudi Arabia ‘reorientations’. The first one is essentially a reading of […]

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (III)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (III)

(Please read Part I and Part II prior to this article)  Perceptions & Motivations The third part of the series deals with the perceptions and motivations behind the possible polar reorientations. Much can be discussed in terms of these broad topics, but for comprehension’s sake, they’re split into eight separate themes: Energy Market Disruptor: Iran […]

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (II)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Friday, August 14, 2015

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (II)

(Please read Part I before this article) The second part of the article series speaks upon the Russian-Saudi relationship that’s emerging in the Mideast, and it proves that it’s really not all that surprising in retrospect when one considers the motivating factors (energy, ISIL, and the Iranian deal) that affect both sides. US-Saudi Energy Scheme […]

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (I)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Friday, August 14, 2015

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (I)

Political developments are moving extraordinarily fast in the Mideast nowadays, with Russian and American diplomacy being the primary catalysts. Moscow has teamed up with Tehran to kick-start a new round of Syrian reconciliation talks, and it’s working with Riyadh in an effort to get the latter to agree to its inclusive (Syrian-government-incorporating) anti-ISIL initiative and […]

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Erdogan’s ‘Erratic’ Behavior Explained

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

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Erdogan’s ‘Erratic’ Behavior Explained

Turkey has been acting pretty erratic these past couple of weeks, launching a surprise dual offensive in Syria and Iraq, condemning Russia for alleged ‘oppression’ against the Crimean Tatars, and suspending the Balkan Stream pipeline negotiations. All of this is somewhat unexpected – after all, Turkey had thus far refrained from the US’ pleas to […]

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Yemen: the Afghanistan of the Gulf coalition

By Gulam Asgar MITHA (Canada)

Monday, April 27, 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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Four misconceptions about the negotiations with Iran

By CRIMSON ALTER

Wednesday, April 8, 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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The Petrocurrency War

By Gulam Asgar MITHA (Canada)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

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The Petrocurrency War

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2007 had supposedly asked ex-Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd “how do you get tough on your banker?” This was over concerns about China’s growing power and hold on US finances and according to Wikileaks Rudd told Clinton to keep force as a last resort. Do the Chinese trust […]

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