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Benefactors and Bellicosity: The Need For A New Strategy Among Superpowers

... instead of thinking about how its unilateral decision-making is interpreted by the international community. Through actions that range from legal to condemned by the United Nations and the international community, the United States’ current approach to diplomacy and foreign policy decision-making serves to increase tensions amongst itself and other rising powers outside of NATO and its mandate. Currently, the United States maintains a strict hierarchy of power within the international community; however,...

05.07.2017 00:31:29

The (First) Russo-American Cyberwar: How Obama Lost & Putin Won, Ensuring a Trump Victory

... His maddening naiveté manifesting hardly for the first time during his presidency, Obama, demonstrated how poorly he understood his adversary, and unsurprisingly, Putin was emboldened on all these fronts. Even during Kerry’s fastidious diplomacy, on September 19th Russia deliberately bombed a well-known UN aid convoy heading for an Aleppo, Syria, civilian population that was under siege and desperate for supplies; a few days after, Russia and Syria launched a “ferocious” ...

17.12.2016 22:44:00

ISIS: Turning the Corner or Turning Around?

In these days, as Iraqi forces backed up by the US-led coalition are trying to break the last stand of ISIS resistance in the battle for Mosul, the world will witness the laying of a milestone in the war against the cancerous terrorist state, which broke out across the lands of Iraq and Syria, to rapidly metastasize its cells worldwide. However, as much as it would be tempting to abandon oneself to the enthusiasm following the achievement of such a major breakthrough, a more collected look at the...

28.11.2016 00:14:00

EXCLUSIVE: Top Trump Aides’ Deeper & Linked Roles in Putin Agenda Revealed; Russian Mafia Nexus With Trump & Aides Goes Back Years

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 deeper and more fertile ground on which to question Trump’s pro-Russia, Pro-Putin positions and their origins. Author's note: this is the most important article I have ever written in my life; please share with as many people as possible as soon...

17.11.2016 16:11:00

Western Democracy Is on Trial, More than Any Time Since WWII

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. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981), originally published March 17th, 2016, on LinkedIn Pulse Clockwise: Photo/Agencies, Cheryl Evans/The Republic, AP AMMAN — Roughly a quarter-century ago, the world seemed poised for a triumph of democracy and human rights unprecedented...

17.04.2016 14:28:00

Russia Reaping What It Sows in Syria: Putin Puts Russia on Path to Peril & Destabilizing Middle East; Downing Russian Plane by Turkey Latest Result

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 questions about Putin’s aims need to be addressed. Yet in the end, the saddest thing is how avoidable this incident was and how easy it would be to improve this situation dramatically. By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981), originally...

13.12.2015 16:44:00

Putin’s Reckless Syria Escalation Makes Russia, Russians, Target of Global Jihad (Again)

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 1980s in Afghanistan, these mujahadeen are much more experienced, much more sophisticated, much more capable, have a larger radicalized population from which to draw, and are able to strike anywhere, including Russia itself. By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook...

03.10.2015 12:32:00

Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy (Sensibly): Part II: Syria

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 E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) August 3rd, 2015 Reuters Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse here Those who argue that the Obama Administration’s overall Middle East strategy is a total failure have no sense of strategy themselves and dangerously substitute tactical-here-and-nows...

03.08.2015 13:05:00

The Russian Case 50 Years After the Cuban Crisis

... through the photos posted on social media by Russian troops allegedly deployed in the area. I have nothing but praise to express for the work of Mr. Higgins, but I wouldn't risk a nuclear escalation on a selfie. Therefore, if it is true that in diplomacy truth is certainly an elastic concept, when it comes to justify military action the West has a proven track record of stretching that truth beyond its breaking point, and the defense of human rights has historically been a favorite among all ...

01.07.2015 21:05:00

Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy (Sensibly): Part I

... see how America’s supposedly closest “ally” mistreats it when there are serious disagreements on policy and that there are no substantive consequences for such mistreatment. Grade: D+ Obama deserves some credit for robust public diplomacy consistently condemning Israeli settlement expansion and even condemning the tactics used in Gaza last summer, and as well as the verbal efforts during many private meetings between senior Israeli and American officials including Netanyahu, ...

07.06.2015 22:25:00

A Reality Check on U.S.-Russian Relations: Not Time to Relax, but Not Time to Panic, Either

By Brian E. Frydenborg, February 26th, 2015 (updated February 27th-28th) Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse here If you think your site or another would be a good place for this content please do not hesitate to reach out to me! Please feel free to share and repost on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter (you can follow me there at @bfry1981) One of the sad things about looking at current commentary about Russia, America, and the state of their relationship is the lack of measured and reasoned...

27.02.2015 05:12:00

The Ferguson Intifada, or Why African-Americans are America’s Palestinians

If white Americans and Israeli Jews want African-Americans and Palestinians to cease with the ruckus, they must make their own societies and governments cease systematically bringing the ruckus to these darker-skinned neighbors of theirs. By Brian E. Frydenborg, originally published January 7th, 2015 If you think your site or another would be a good place for this content please do not hesitate to reach out to me! Please feel free to share and repost on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter (you...

02.02.2015 16:14:00

In Time, Expect Big Changes in America's Middle East Relationships

When It Comes to U.S. Relationships in the Middle East, Expect a Lot More Change in Coming Years and Decades. By Brian E. Frydenborg, originally published January 5th, 2015 If you think your site or another would be a good place for this content please do not hesitate to reach out to me! Please feel free to share and repost on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter (you can follow me there at @bfry1981) 2014 has certainly been a year of change. While an ostensible explanation for this would be the...

19.01.2015 17:46:00

Why Isn’t Anyone Giving Obama Credit for Ousting Maliki?

How the Obama Administration Removed Iraq’s Largest Political Obstacle Originally published Nov. 2nd, 2014 How Did It Come To This? At some point during Obama’s second term of his presidency, he and his Administration realized that Nuri Kamal al-Maliki was part of the problem, not part of the solution. It did not help that when the administration realized this, violence in Iraq was increasing to levels not seen since the height of the near-civil-war experienced in 2006-2007 during...

13.01.2015 18:52:00

Refreshing relations between Belgium and Russia; from the birth of Belgium till the Russian revolution. 02/07/2014

La Belgique ne regrette rien (Belgium has no regrets) by Edith Wharton Not with her ruined silver spires, Not with her cities shamed and rent, Perish the imperishable fires That shape the homestead from the tent. Wherever men are staunch and free, There shall she keep her fearless state, And homeless, to great nations be The home of all that makes them great. Waking up in sunny and hot Moscow with a smile on my face and feeling by the way even more patriotic then before. Yesterday evening...

02.07.2014 15:47:00

Arriving in Russia 01/07/2014

... student and will be written for everybody that is interested in International relations. To start off the adventure, allow me to introduce myself as a Belgian citizen in the heart of the Russian Federation. Currently I am a student at Geneva School of Diplomacy majoring in International Relations and Diplomacy. I always been quite studious and appreciate the opportunities to further my skills and knowledge in the area of negotiations, communication and security studies. Russian International Affairs ...

01.07.2014 16:12:00

Review of James Sherr book “Hard Diplomacy and Soft Coercion. Russia’s influence abroad”

... positively tomorrow than it does today. For these reasons the West should not only reconsider its visa policy but to change it. Author suggests three directions of Western activities: 1. Regenerating expertise about Russia; 2. Develop active public diplomacy; 3. Institutional reinforcement (mechanism of consultations, coordination and support need enhancement). According to the writer (and it’s very difficult not agree with him) such policies will not jeopardize the West’s current scheme ...

05.09.2013 16:48:00

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