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Brian Frydenborg

The nexus of diplomacy, international development, security, policy, politics, and history Brian Frydenborg is from a small Connecticut suburb of the New York City metropolitan area. He has spent most of the last fifteen years studying and/or practicing politics, history, public policy, foreign policy, humanitarian aid, international development, and peace operations. His study abroad experiences include a semester in Japan as an undergraduate, and in his graduate Master of Science in Peace Operations program he studied abroad in Liberia to analyze the United Nations Mission in Liberia (the active peacekeeping operation there) and also studied abroad in Israel and the West Bank, analyzing the conflict there. His work experience includes volunteering on political campaigns and political internships (including interning in then-Sen. Joe Biden's office in 2006), writing articles for various websites, and most recently many writing and consulting projects as a freelancer based in Amman, Jordan. You can follow him on Twitter @bfry1981 or visit his website http://www.brianfrydenborg.com/

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June 4, 2017

Trump is still a danger to America and the world. But if he exercises American power in a way that will help save lives and give a brutal tyrant and his backers pause in their relentless, murderous assault on the people of Syria, those claiming to care…

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December 17, 2016

The story of how Russia won the (First) Russo-American Cyberwar because American President Barack Obama did not fight back and failed to protect America’s democracy from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s well-orchestrated, wide-ranging…

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November 17, 2016

New threads in the Team Trump/Team Putin tangled web show Manafort and Page linked to each other as part of a Russian plot to control Ukraine and also show a mutual Russian mafia godfather linking them with each other and Trump, providing even…

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October 12, 2016

The worst thing about Trump? Globally, people like him and his supporters are everywhere and their politics maddeningly banal, as the ethno-centric politics of hate in the Caucasian Republic of Georgia demonstrate frightening similarities to the same…

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August 16, 2016

  A close look at the tangled web of relationships involving Trump, his Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, his campaign in general, Putin, Russia, and WikiLeaks in light of the DNC and Clinton-aimed related hacking…

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April 17, 2016

Sudden, shocking, disturbing, and largely self-propelled trends in America and Europe are doing more damage to Western democracy today than Soviet armies or nuclear missiles ever did during the Cold War   By Brian E…

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January 15, 2016

People claiming that the withdrawal from Iraq of U.S. forces carried out by the Obama Administration from 2010-2011 explains the rise of the terrorist group ISIS have absolutely no idea what they are talking about.  A simple look at the…

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December 13, 2015

In the wake of Turkey’s downing of a Russian military jet that violated its airspace and Russia’s resulting casualties, tensions are certainly on the rise.  Despite the fact that these tensions should not be overblown, important…

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November 21, 2015

This was written as the Paris attacks unfolded.  I have preserved the unfolding nature of the original piece to connect the reader in a deeper sense to what I was feeling as I wrote this. As this historic terrorist attack unfolds…

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October 3, 2015

By intervening squarely on the side of Shiite Bashar Assad against his own mainly Sunni people and the entire Sunni Middle East, Russia may once again be the center of attention from the global Sunni jihadist movement.  But, unlike the…

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August 3, 2015

A Sensible Grading of Obama’s Middle East Strategy: The Syrian Civil War   Grading Obama on what has—and has not—been done by his administration regarding the Syrian Civil War   By Brian…

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June 7, 2015

A Sensible Grading of Obama’s Middle East Strategy, As Opposed to Republican Nonsense: Part I: Introduction, Muslim World Reset, Iraq, Israel/Palestine   If you can’t understand that Obama’s overall Middle East strategy…

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  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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