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Russia to defend regional security jointly with China

... 27-28, Antonov said. The anti-terror fight "requires common approaches, common understanding and common solutions," Antonov said, noting that several countries in the Asia-Pacific region are infiltrated by militants of Daesh, also known as the Islamic State or IS. He also blamed the United States for planning to deploy elements of a missile defense system in the Asia-Pacific region, which, besides presenting a direct threat to China and Russia, has a wider implication as to undermining the ...


Extremism's Olympic moment

As Brazil’s political and economic crisis deepens a senior intelligence official has revealed that the nation is being targeted by Islamic State (IS). From a security perspective the games take on a nationwide threat profile because the football tournament that is part of the Rio games will be played in major cities throughout Brazil, giving the event a FIFA World Cup feeling. ...


A Critical Look at Mainstream Analysis of the Russian Operation in Syria

... Russian officials claimed that they were in touch with a number of Free Syrian Army factions. In December Vladimir Putin went as far as to say that Russian airstrikes sometimes provide air cover to certain FSA groups during joint operations against the Islamic State. The fact that Moscow never stopped reaching out to opposition groups that may or may not be loyal to the Assad government allowed it to set up contact with dozens of factions and convince them to join the ceasefire deal once the truce finally ...


Premodernism revisited

... passports but then surprise their co-residents by blowing up arenas and airports. What we see today in the Middle East is a manifestation of the limited rationality, i.e. the rebirth of pre-modernism and deep-rooted principles of social integration. The Islamic State’s ideology rests on a request for profound social integration, distinct rules of the game and an unambiguous narrative. At the same time, it appears to reflect the need for stringent guidelines, as well as strict criteria for black ...


The Capture of Palmyra: Victory in Battle, but Not a Turning Point

... testifies to their readiness to retreat from Palmyra. It is precisely these airstrikes that made it evident the Syrian government would soon dare to push towards Palmyra. This historic area is somewhat isolated, being located far away from the major Islamic State-controlled territories along the Euphrates. With many sources of IS funding being cut off, it is more important for the militant group to spare strength for major territories than keep a large contingent in peripheral areas. ...


The Middle East: Postmodernism Is Over

... gradual escalation of tension amidst general assurances of a relentless struggle for peace. This generates an anticipation of bloodshed and a new Sykes-Picot Agreement; — World War II: due to the absolute evil in a new form, personified by the Islamic State. And then the creation of a coalition against the Islamic State would be expected; — The Cold War, which could result either in the Cuban Missile Crisis, or détente, or perestroika. All of these comparisons – and more ...


As We Live In These Dark Days Filled With Violence, Opposition and Hate

March 22, 2016, started with tragic news from the capital of Belgium: severe explosions occurred in the departure lounge of an airport and at Maelbeek metro stations in the EU institutions district. The terrorist attack killed 31 people, with over 250 injured. This attack, as well as many others of the kind, was executed by suicide bombers, brothers Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui. IS claimed to be responsible for the attack. This is how Brussels became another European capital that has recently...


What's next for Syria?

... a political solution to the Syrian crisis based on the June 2012 Geneva communique and agreements reached in 2015 by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) in Vienna. However, the Kremlin does not believe that a successful campaign against the Islamic State (IS) — or any other terrorist group in Syria — or a cease-fire are possible without closing the Syrian-Turkish border. A river of foreign jihadis, arms and merchandise is flowing into Syria, with contraband oil traveling in the ...


Interview with Italian magazine Limes, published on February 4, 2016

Question: Who has provoked the Ukrainian crisis? Was Moscow aware of the geopolitical, economic and reputational price it would have to pay for Crimea’s reunification with Russia? Do you think it was too high in the context of Russian-Ukrainian relations? Is there a lasting solution to the Ukrainian crisis? Sergey Lavrov: The Ukrainian crisis was not incidental, but rather the result of systemic problems that have been accumulating in European affairs and international relations over the past...


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