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Afghanistan from Obama to Trump

... Sept. 11, 2001, attacks from being an ally in the fight against terrorism to a haven in which Osama bin Laden hid out until he was killed in 2011. The president heaped contempt on his predecessor’s strategy, promising that he would avoid President Barack Obama’s mistakes. But in substance, Trump’s strategy was not all that different from Obama’s, relying on a mix of conventional military force and diplomatic pressure on Pakistan. However officials conceded that there is to be no major change ...

Sohail Ajmal
Опубликовано:
31.05.2018 00:27:25

The Emerging Trump Doctrine of Strategic Savvy

... host of areas. President Bush deserves enormous credit for supporting the deployment of additional forces and for backing Petraeus and Crocker. In late 2011, after some three years of further progress and additional reductions in violence, President Barack Obama decided to withdraw the remaining US combat forces and the last four-star US commander, leaving only a modest training mission.  He reportedly was concerned that there would not be an Iraqi parliament-approved Status of Forces Agreement....

Valenta Jiri and Leni
Опубликовано:
23.06.2017 12:33:36

Financing climate change... an air-conditioned nightmare

... voluntary goals of reducing carbon emissions the result of which, some experts say will, ostensibly, save the planet for future generations. But we no longer live in the economic and geopolitical reality that existed two years ago, when then-president Barack Obama said his administration's support for the voluntary accord makes the United States “the world leader in fighting climate change.” The annualized price for a barrel of OPEC crude had just lost nearly half its value, tumbling from $96.29 ...

Эрманн Эрик
Опубликовано:
05.06.2017 02:32:34

The Sino-US relations – Recalibration or Repetition?

“The Chinese grab for fossil fuels or its military competition for naval control is not a challenge but rather a boost for the US Asia-Pacific –even an overall– posture. Calibrating the contraction of its overseas projection and commitments – some would call it managing the decline of an empire – the US does not fail to note that nowadays half of the world’s merchant tonnage passes through the South China Sea. Therefore, the US will exploit any regional territorial...

Lin Qi
Опубликовано:
18.11.2016 12:15:00

Crowdfunding with the enemy

... minister Dmitry Ledbedev said he feels Western Europe and NATO are conducting relations with Russia, treating Moscow as if everyone was living through a new Cold War. In a recent telephone conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin, US president Barack Obama positioned himself as the moral conscience of the West, asking Russia to stop bombing moderate Syrian rebels who are backed by Washington. As that drama plays out, Washington's NATO ally, Turkey, continues to shell the pro-Assad ...

Эрманн Эрик
Опубликовано:
16.02.2016 22:23:00

The smog of war

President Barack Obama, seeking to shape his legacy, said that COP 21 makes the United States, which did not ratify the earlier Kyoto Protocol, “the world leader in fighting climate change.” But Obama will not be around to lead the COP 21 fight, which ...

Эрманн Эрик
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23.01.2016 03:25:00

Brazil's impending governability crisis

Having reset relations with Washington and wooed business and high tech leaders in New York and Silicon Valley president Dilma Rousseff of Brazil flew home to a 9 percent approval rating and opponents demanding her impeachment. Obama offers praise but no new money President Obama anointing Brazil as a “major world power,” high profile meetings with global economy architects Madeline Albright and Henry Kissinger and a massive social media campaign by Dilma's new communications...

Эрманн Эрик
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05.07.2015 15:47:00

Brinkmanship for useful idiots

... offering a platform for the “leader of the free world” to deliver a personal attack on the character of the “leader of the evil empire.” Social media losing credibility as diplomatic tool According to the Guardian, U.S. president Barack Obama “lambasted” Putin. But it was make-believe. This was not a televised debate or an “on the sidelines” conversation. Effectively, Obama was preaching to the choir that resides in the fantasy land of conversational social ...

Эрманн Эрик
Опубликовано:
10.06.2015 10:01:00

All I want for Christmas is... five answers

1. More cohesion in NATO? According to the balance-of-threat assumption the lack of unambiguous threat decreases cohesion of military alliances, whereas the free-rider problem increases in inverse proportion. Even if one doesn't consider the geostrategical mischief of NATO eastward expansion there is nevertheless another problem. It seems to be clear that the Europeans reducing their military expenditures as well as Uncle Sam tired of his burden are not able and willing to pay for worries...

Самоловов Иван
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28.12.2014 04:03:00

Washington’s Ebola plan creates global sticker shock

A strain of the Ebola virus has killed 5,000 people in a handful of West African nations with Mali the latest addition to the list. Meanwhile, an Ebola strain has spread to the United States, Western Europe and possibly elsewhere. Turning the fear factor into a pandemic greater than Ebola itself, the Washington Post on October 25th, published an article suggesting that Russia and the Soviet Union have manufactured “Ebola” at a secret facility, with the further implication that Russia...

Эрманн Эрик
Опубликовано:
27.10.2014 13:53:00

BRICS and Washington's social pivot to India

On the eve of prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington, the Obama administration and friendly media have positioned the new Indian leader as a leader who is open to reforming big government and implementing free market policies. But critics of Modi say that the much heralded economic performance of his Gurajat state, based on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), is merely at parity with half a dozen other key industrialized states in India and the rest is social media hype. Gurajat is a...

Эрманн Эрик
Опубликовано:
02.10.2014 20:25:00

The ISIS Crisis and the faiblesse of global governance

... Internet) is hosting servers for ISIS? http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-website-hosts-terror-propaganda/ Having already spent upwards of $3 trillion to “democratize” the Middle East, Washington is spending again, and president Barack Obama has just made a rather lackluster speech to build popular support for an unpopular war that is trending toward becoming popular, which means congressional support for more defense spending. Nobody can even agree on the name of the group ...

Эрманн Эрик
Опубликовано:
11.09.2014 10:13:00

Obama's "Scare Force" Targets BRICS

... credit is rferl.org Brinkmanship turns into economic warfare Until early this year, diplomatic interactions between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry showed the willingness of presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama to dialogue too. But complications involving anti-Assad Islamists supported by U.S. interests, taking part in the fighting in Syria, and Russian allegations that Chechen and Azeri extremists have been involved with the military components ...

Эрманн Эрик
Опубликовано:
11.08.2014 07:12:00

Predicting critical events, an institutional challenge.

... Chechen extremists in Russia, and that he would unleash them on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics unless Putin ended his support for the Assad regime in Syria. Haaretz and Al Monitor reported that as far back as 2011, while Hillary Clinton was president Barack Obama’s secretary of state, Kochavi met with senior White House officials and others to discuss the Syria situation and, among other issues, Iran’s nuclear program. During these meetings, the reporting indicates that Kochavi announced ...

Эрманн Эрик
Опубликовано:
22.05.2014 01:04:00

Containment's Last Hurrah

... During the 1960s Bagley headed up CIA operations involving the Soviet Union and its intelligence apparat. Variants of George Kennan’s containment policy helped define the rules of Cold War engagement on both sides. In February U.S. president Barack Obama named a new undersecretary of state for public diplomacy Richard Stengel, a former managing editor of Time magazine. Since that time, the tenor of U.S. public diplomacy, wittingly, or unwittingly, has taken on a Cold War tone in an effort ...

Эрманн Эрик
Опубликовано:
27.04.2014 18:46:00

Syria: chemical weapons, birds and football

In recent days, the official U.S. position on the situation in Syria has experienced certain transformation. As we know, Russia called for putting Syrian chemical weapons storages under international control which must ultimately lead to its destruction. It is worth noting that the Moscow's proposal hit the bull's eye and was more than likely the only possible solution in this situation. Indeed, our position has not only marked a "wind of change" in our authorities'...

Самоловов Иван
Опубликовано:
17.09.2013 15:47:00

Future of Assad and Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party In Limbo As Syria Sitzkrieg Plays Out

Successful talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry provide an opening for broader discussions. But these measures do not include mediating and checking the ongoing efforts of feuding regional powers Qatar and Saudi Arabia, whose big money and disruptive tactics have joined with western interests to advance a parallel government and army in Syria. Earlier this year, U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, who was part of the negotiations...

Эрманн Эрик
Опубликовано:
15.09.2013 13:09:00

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Poll conducted

  1. Korean Peninsula Crisis Has no Military Solution. How Can It Be Solved?
    Demilitarization of the region based on Russia-China "Dual Freeze" proposal  
     36 (35%)
    Restoring multilateral negotiation process without any preliminary conditions  
     27 (26%)
    While the situation benefits Kim Jong-un's and Trump's domestic agenda, there will be no solution  
     22 (21%)
    Armed conflict still cannot be avoided  
     12 (12%)
    Stonger deterrence on behalf of the U.S. through modernization of military infrastructure in the region  
     4 (4%)
    Toughening economic sanctions against North Korea  
     2 (2%)
 
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