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Erdogan’s Neo-Ottoman Empire in the making-what does the West want?

... he laid bare a power struggle that now threatens the very existence of the Syrian regime, sparking a fissure in the ruling Alawite sect, and leaving regular Syrians aghast.Without a hint of irony, Makhlouf boasted of bankrolling Syria’s infamous security forces, who have tortured and disappeared thousands of people in nine years of war, then complained that his employees had been treated in “an inhumane way” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/09/could-assad-row-with-cousin-tear-down-syrian-regime ...

Ostner Ralf
15.06.2020 14:07:27

The Dangers Of Parachute Journalism

A little learning is a dang’rous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring. (Pope)Hot on the heels of an article by a Henry Foy, entitled ‘Russia’s death toll likely to be far above official tally’, published in Nikkei Inc.’s The Financial Times (once known for its balance and seriousness) on 13 May, comes another new Cold War ‘report’ – devoid of analysis – in the same newspaper, entitled – more in the style of a tabloid paper than a serious one – ‘Moscow on the Med: Cyprus and its Russians’...

Маллинсон Уильям
20.05.2020 11:04:54

Tensions between Russia and Turkey in Syria; effort for peace or Total War

... ideological aspect. Erdogan's government is Islamist, and with the presence of Islamist forces in Idlib, he prefers to play an important role in Syrian developments and if these Islamist forces leave Syria, the only place they can go is Turkey, which raises security concerns for Turkey. Because these Islamist forces are part of al-Qaeda and ISIS forces that may carry out terrorist operations in Turkey. Therefore, these reasons make Idlib important to all parties involved. However, many believe that the ultimate ...

Bijan Aref
17.03.2020 11:43:48

Russia, the EU and Macron-cooperation or destruction of the EU? For a Holistic Green Europe!

... relation with Russia and about European sovereignty, then after the Brexit his turn to Poland to replace the German- French-GB trio by the Weimar Triangle and the inclusion of Poland with France as a mediator between Russia and Poland and now his speech on security policy promoting more European security cooperation and bringing the French nuclear deterrence in an European framework as supporting force, but not under the integration of an European nuclear power. I support all initiatives of Macron with ...

Ostner Ralf
06.03.2020 16:10:01

How to kill the truth

Lies are always interesting; that is why they become public; truths are boring; that is why they remain private. – Themistocles Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, former Greek Ambassador Introduction The world is well aware of the fact that the illegal attack on Iraq was built on a pack of lies, helped and encouraged by compliant media, although The Daily Mirror, then under the inimitable Piers Morgan, questioned the Blairites’ lies. The British Prime Minister and his acolytes were later exposed for not...

Маллинсон Уильям
27.02.2020 12:05:25

After MSC: A New EU and an New Strategic NATO concept?

There are many reactions to the Munich Security Conference and the the speeches of Macron, Pompeo, Laschet and Steinmeier. Two are documented here. Firstly, the more pro-Russian perspective in the person of Dr. Alexander Rahr, who calls for a reinvention of the EU and proposes a Franco-German ...

Ostner Ralf
18.02.2020 13:34:59

Russia's comparative approach to the crisis in Libya and Syria

... Russia's top priority. Russian mediation goals in Libya Russia to provide economic benefits in Libya, Russia is seeking to strengthen its influence on Libya for a future diplomatic agreement, according to the United Nations. On April 8, Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for the elimination of Libyan national army leader General Haftar. This action of Russia, approved its position as one of Haftar's allies alongside Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and emphasized at Moscow's desire ...

Bijan Aref
13.01.2020 13:30:33

What the US-Iran war might look like

... Donald Trump and Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, stand side by side in the group picture at the G20 summit on June 28, 2019. Bernd von Jutrczenka/picture alliance via Getty Images And since both countries have veto power on the UN Security Council, they could ruin any political legitimacy for the war that the US may aim to gain through that body. The hope for the Trump administration would therefore be that the conflict ends soon after the opening salvos begin. If it doesn’t,...

Dwivedi Ratnesh
13.01.2020 11:26:18

70 years NATO – China for the first time as a „possible threat“

... ignore the rise of China. In the military sense, this does not mean anything, because NATO will not have the Indo-Pacific and Asia as its area of ​​operations, but more diplomatic and economic support for the USA is needed, including 5 G , Huawei and security issues. Similarly, there is only talk of a possible threat, so it remains vague, as well as China is defined as a challenge and as an opportunity. The NATO leader meeting also emphasizes that China is not an enemy. It was also stressed that China ...

Ostner Ralf
19.12.2019 15:11:41

The Efficiency of German Contribution in the Afghan Peace Process

... anniversary of the first Bonn conference, in order to renew the so-called mutual commitment to a table, democratic and prosperous future for Afghanistan. In addition, the participants of the conference ought to shed lights on some issues such as governance, security, economic developments, regional cooperation, peace process and the way forward. The participants called for a political solution to achieve peace and security in Afghanistan, in order to ensure durable stability. Additionally, it was discussed ...

Sohail Ajmal
11.11.2019 15:56:21

Is Abu Bakr Al-baghdi’s Death the Beginning of the End for ISIS?

... fighters. In mid-2014, an international coalition led by the United States intervened against ISIL in Syria and Iraq with a massive airstrike campaign, in addition to supplying advisors, weapons, training, and supplies to ISIL's enemies in the Iraqi Security Forces and Syrian Democratic Forces. This campaign reinvigorated the latter two forces and dealt a huge blow to the nascent Islamist proto-state, killing tens of thousands of ISIL troops and dealing significant damage to their financial and military ...

Sohail Ajmal
30.10.2019 12:54:44

Karaganov and Russia´s new mission as supplier of international security

... countries that were considered peace-loving went berserk. Russia’s military revival helped restore stability and balance although the situation has not yet stabilized.Karaganov hast he idea of a new mission for Russia as supplier of international security.A term which NATO also uses, but this time from the Russian side.Source: karaganov.ruWhile calling for peace due to the new sources of global instability that could precipitate an armed conflict, Karaganov, who has become an apostle of Russian ...

Ostner Ralf
25.10.2019 10:28:56

Syria after the Turkish invasion

... and could lead to threatening situations even between the major powers. However, the main concern was: Putin is portrayed as the winner and new ordering power for the Middle East and the Greater Middle East. So as a kind of supplier for international security as Karaganovlike to see it..Civilians are pictured fleeing Ras al Ain town, Syria on October 9, 2019. © Reuters / Rodi SaidI guess the Russians are now trying to prevent Turkish and Syrian troops from being involved in direct combat and to ...

Ostner Ralf
18.10.2019 16:32:54

Russia joins the Paris Climate Change Agreement: clear the way for an EU-Russia Eco-Alliance?

In the following a programmatic article by the more Putinbiased Russia expert and Gazprom consultant for the EU Prof. Alexander Rahr, in which he propagates an eco-alliance between Russia and the EU. After that my assessment. "Ecology unites EU and Russia” (September 2019)      The ever-growing ecological movement in Germany, supported by broad sections of the country's population, has supplanted the newly emerging peace movement and completely marginalized the new left-wing social justice...

Ostner Ralf
11.10.2019 10:04:35

Russia’s Militia Groups and their Use at Home and Abroad

What makes the militia milieu so unique and important for understanding today’s Russia is that it finds itself at the intersection of state institutions, patronage mechanisms, criminal structures, and grassroots illiberal activism. Abroad, the Kremlin plays through it one of its major “hybrid warfare” cards, outsourcing activities traditionally conducted by intelligence entities and allowing for plausible deniability. The militia realm thus seems destined to play a growing role in Russia’s law-enforcement...

08.10.2019 13:51:29

“We win, they lose” – Wonderful world of Binary categorisations

... thorough and detailed talks, answer to both questions was a unanimous NO. Consequently, the logical conclusion was: Moscow needs to save the US as to preserve balance of power. Without equilibrium in world affairs, there is no peace, stability, and security over the long run – a clear geostrategic imperative.[6] Indeed, right after the Nixon shock, an era of détente has started, which led to the Helsinki process and its Decalogue (that remains the largest and most comprehensive security ...

Bajrektarevic Anis H.
11.09.2019 12:00:53

Open-air Jail: China’s Suppression of Uighurs and the Lack of International Response

The use of re-education camps to suppress the ethnic Uighur community in Western China is an ongoing crisis that, if continued to be ignored by the international community, could result in the eradication of the Uighurs entirely. While the world community is absorbed in the deadly wars in Syria and Ukraine, an equally terrible tragedy is happening thousands of kilometers away from here. In the eastern province of China, Xinjiang, two million Uighurs live in jail under the open sky [1]. Officially...

Гасанов Камран
19.08.2019 16:38:19

Neo-Kennan Paranoia and the Hope for Russia’s Downfall

... article is yet one more attempt on my part to bring light to this purposeful paranoia and expose for it for the fake and flawed intellectualism that it is. The focus of today’s effort is on a recently published piece in Politico.com by an international security professor working at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. (https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/08/03/russia-separatism-vladimir-putin-227498?cid=apn) Now, for those that do not know the NDU, it is a magnificent and important ...

Кросстон Мэттью
06.08.2019 11:17:42

Just How Far to Back Off on Iran?

... economic sanctions in order to coax Iran back to a place of willingness to negotiate may be the only sure-fire way to productively take the first step towards negotiations for a new nuclear deal and produce results that are in the interest of U.S. national security for the long-run.

26.07.2019 17:20:59

Does it worth Germany and France taking refuge into the arms of Russia and China?

... Ischinger, The longer Donald Trump stays in office, the higher the risk that anti-American forces will gain the upper hand in Germany and push it into the arms of Russia and China, Wolfgang Ischinger said in an interview. The chairman of the Munich Security Conference and former ambassador to Washington was speaking to Reuters days before the publication of his book "World in Danger", in which he urges Germans not to giving up on the United States because of Trump, while also pressing ...

Sohail Ajmal
23.07.2019 13:17:31


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    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
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    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
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    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
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