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Five Nations Bicker over Whether the Caspian is Lake or Sea

... littoral state. These military aspects of the deal echo a narrative long propagated by Russian president Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, namely, to avoid conflicts and maintain peace, there must be a legally binding agreement that NATO will not expand or penetrate into areas Russia considers within its “sphere of interest.” Such a ban would also be in the interests of Tehran, as Iran is against any Western presence on its borders. From the perspective of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan,...

19.09.2018 11:31:57

Appeasing Norway

... positioned in peaceful Scandinavia, Norway does not appear to be an obvious instigator of great power conflicts. The calm in Scandinavia throughout the Cold War was the result of the non-militarised buffer status of Sweden and Finland as they did not join NATO, while the military activity of Norway was limited compared to the rest of the military bloc. Northern Europe’s status as a harbour of stability has recently begun to unravel partly due to Norway’s new military posture, while NATO’s flirtation ...

15.10.2017 01:44:08

Op-Edge: Why is it almost impossible for Kurds to secede from Iraq?

... Turkey to global markets. For the USA, it is not satisfied with the Turkish rapprochement with Moscow, and might use the Kurdish card to pressure on Ankara, further complicating its regional and internal affairs -Despite of being two close allies in NATO. On the other hand, both Moscow and Washington fear the current timing of independence poll, as the fight against ISIS is tensing and progressing. A crack between Baghdad and Erbil would badly alter the progress made in the fight against ISIS. Moscow ...

09.10.2017 15:04:03

A Review of The Atlantic Council’s “Meeting the Russian Hybrid Challenge: A Comprehensive Strategic Framework”

... that stem from the main problem of Russian aggression. The Atlantic Council’s analysts who authored this report have reaffirmed that the most effective course of combatting these threats is through a concerted effort between the European Union and NATO to create a bulwark that would prevent these threats from drastically altering the status quo. Combining critical infrastructures and resources that each of the member states can offer, in the authors’ opinion, will effectively check Russian hybrid ...

11.09.2017 14:16:33

Will Putin Take Advantage of Conflict With Kim to “Liberate” Belorussia?

... under serious consideration in Washington, along with a flurry of controversy. In Jiri’s interview by Alexander Motyl in The World Affairs Journal, he continue to recommend it, advocating a Swiss-Austrian model of armed neutrality for Ukraine without NATO membership,is the only possible guarantee for its full independence. As far as we know, we were the first to propose that we needed to get rid of Barack Obama’s concept of strategic patience, in our article, “Divining Putin’s Intentions; Why ...

11.09.2017 12:50:22

The Golden Background of Eurasia. The New Cold War and the Third Rome.

_ Jurij Kofner, director, Center for Eurasian Studies. Moscow, 18 August 2017.The essay “The Golden Background of Eurasia. The New Cold War and the Third Rome”(Goldgrund Eurasien. Der Neue Kalte Krieg und das Dritte Rom) published in early 2015 in Leipzig by Dimitrios Kisoudis, a German political scientist of Greek origin, may represent a new stage in the study of the Fourth Political Theory.In a book of 114 pages the graduate of Freiburg and Seville universities separates myths from reality regarding...

18.08.2017 10:09:32

Do CIA and BND punish Recep T. Erdogan?

... Putin’s position on Syria, and he has given up the demand that Syrian dictator Assad must go. On the contrary, he agreed with Russia and Iran, to mutually fight ISIS and Al-Qaeda associate Al-Nusra movement. Furthermore, he pushed deeper to replace NATO military hardware, with Russian and Chinese military technologies. During his visit to Kremlin, he signed a deal to purchase S-400 air and missile defense system. Previously known as the S-300PMU-3, is an anti-aircraft weapon system developed in ...

02.08.2017 15:17:03

I Hate Trump, But He Was Right to Strike Assad Regime of Syria

... difference between now and 2013. Back then, as I noted above, Assad’s forces were being pushed back and U.S. intervention may have led to the toppling of his government, and this not long after the disillusionment of the experience of Libya’s post-NATO-intervention problems (although I still would say that the intervention was successful in saving many lives preventing a civil war from being prolonged, but more on that another time); no other major power had intervened in Syria and thus owned the ...

04.06.2017 22:23:04

Wallström-Lavrov meeting: The beginning of a thaw in Russia-Sweden relations?

... dockworkers becoming “little green men” – a reference to the unmarked Russian soldiers deployed in Crimea following the coup in Kiev in early 2014 – and seizing control of the island for Russian anti-access/area denial warfare against Nato. A similar debate was held in Karlshamn, in the Swedish province of Blekinge, not far from the main Swedish naval base in Karlskrona. The outcome here was different, however, as the municipal council agreed to lease its harbour for logistical support ...

27.02.2017 15:15:00

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

... votes; Russia’s propaganda machine went intensely against Remain and for Brexit in the UK’s big vote this year and its efforts were clearly crucial in swaying votes in what was an intensely close decision; Russia has also been active in non-NATO Sweden this year, particularly when it was voting on closer ties with NATO; Finland, which shares a huge border with Russia, has also seen a surge in Russian disinformation; early in November, it even became apparent that Russia may have even been ...

17.12.2016 22:44:00

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

NATO, Russia, and Empathy: Modern Lessons from a Cold War Military Exercise

... combat readiness of its forces in Eastern Europe, including the air force forward-deployed in East Germany, in preparation to meet an expected pre-emptive strike by the United States and its allies. The cause of this anxiety was the 1983 Able Archer NATO military exercise, an unusually large affair that focused on concentrating major formations of allied units in Western Europe in order to fight a combined arms operation, inclusive of tactical nuclear weapons, against the Warsaw Pact. The series ...

29.08.2016 18:05:00

Trump, Putin, Russia, DNC/Clinton Hack, & WikiLeaks: “There's Something Going on” with Election 2016 & It's Cyberwarfare & Maybe Worse: UPDATED 8/15

... between Putin and Trump or between some of their people, though Putin acting without coordination with Trump's campaign—trying to undermine America and weaken America’s global standing and its position with its allies, most notably NATO allies—is also very much a possibility; so is some sort of combination of these. Maybe this sounds ridiculous, and it should. But the facts of Trump and his associates’ ties to Putin and Russia are what are most disturbing of all. ...

16.08.2016 17:46:00

The Stability of NATO Under Trump

... still exist a window of opportunity for Russia before those states would be able to modify their policies and meet the requirements. What are these requirements, or what will they be in the future? Commonly quoted are the goals reiterated at the 2014 NATO Summit in Wales.[2] At the summit, NATO leaders agreed that all member states should meet a “guideline” of spending a minimum of two percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defense, a goal originally conceived in 2006.[3] Of ...

10.08.2016 10:30:00

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

What lessons should politics learn from religion?

... is bigger than it was, say, three years ago,” Kortunov warns in an interview to Russia Direct. Without the solid policy toward Turkey, Washington seems to straddle between increasing cooperation with Russia over Syria and supporting Turkey as a NATO member in its hypothetical military confrontation with Moscow. This leads to another catch-22 problem: The less certain Washington is toward Turkey, the more unpredictable and explosive the situation becomes. The prospects of a confrontation between ...

20.02.2016 21:15:00

Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/germany-concerned-about-aggressive-nato-stance-on-ukraine-a-1022193.html#sp.goto.blogcomment=8148 The huge gaps between General Breedlove's allegations and the facts provided by the German intelligence service (Bundesnachrichtendienst), lead one to wonder why he continues to ...

11.01.2016 05:16:00

The foolishness of U.S. Russia policy

... gradually react quite adversely and it will affect their policies. I think it is a tragic mistake. .... It shows so little understanding of Russian history and Soviet history. Of course there is going to be a bad reaction from Russia, and then [the NATO expanders] will say that we always told you that is how the Russians are -- but this is just wrong. http://www.nytimes.com/1998/05/02/opinion/foreign-affairs-now-a-word-from-x.html Former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, and the last U.S. Ambassador ...

16.11.2015 05:47:00

US and Russia: Competing agendas in Syria

On October 14, the White House dismissed a proposal by President Putin to send Prime Minister Medvedev to the United States to discuss military cooperation in Syria. White House spokesman Josh Earnest called the proposal a sign of "desperation." Said Earnest: "We&#39;re not interested in doing that, as long as Russia is not willing to make a constructive contribution to our counter- effort," <http://www.rferl.org/content/white-...> But where is the evidence of Russian...

22.10.2015 02:52:00

The Russian Case 50 Years After the Cuban Crisis

... indication that diplomatic solutions are not being effectively sought, at least not without throwing into the mix a good deal of forcing of the opponent&#39;s hand. The details of this decision reveal the degree of determination of the USA and the NATO. During a joint conference in Tallin with the defense ministers of the Baltic States a few days ago, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter declared “We&#39;ll temporarily deploy vehicles of an armored brigade and its equipment in the countries ...

01.07.2015 21:05:00


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