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Geopolitics / International

Uzbekistan "6+3" Afghanistan Proposal Deserves Washington’s Attention

Oct 15, 2010 at 13:14 | John Daly

On 14 October the Atlantic Council hosted an extraordinary event, a “Roundtable on Providing Security and Stability in Afghanistan: Uzbekistan’s View” as part of its Eurasia Discussion Series. Tashkent deployed…

Weekly Geopolitical Summary, 14 October 2010

Oct 15, 2010 at 10:35 | Charles Kennedy

In this week’s issue: •Head of Turkmengaz Fired and Replaced with Deputy•CYBERCOM to Go Operational This Month•Govt Takes over Hungarian Plant after Deadly Toxic Spill•French Transport and…

US and Kyrgyzstan Wrangling Over Fuel Supply Offer for Access to Manas

Oct 15, 2010 at 08:43 | Deirdre Tynan

As talks to shape Kyrgyzstan’s next government get underway, the United States has fashioned a compromise fuel-supply arrangement that US officials hope will ensure American and NATO access to the…

Russia Makes Major Headway with South Stream Pipeline

Oct 08, 2010 at 13:54 | Charles Kennedy

Russia’s South Stream pipeline plans have increased momentum, netting formal agreements in the Balkans, most recently with Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska and Macedonia. The president of Bosnia’s Republika…

US Drones Kill Five German Nationals, Amid Europe-Wide Terror Alert

Oct 08, 2010 at 13:45 | Global Intelligence Report

Five to eight German nationals were killed on 5 October in a CIA drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal region bordering Afghanistan. The strikes were apparently part of a stepped-up CIA…

UK Diplomats Targeted in Yemen Attack

Oct 08, 2010 at 13:39 | Global Intelligence Report

On 6 October, the British deputy ambassador and four other embassy personnel were targeted in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in the capital Sana’a. One of the embassy personnel was slightly…

Pakistan’s Continuing Border Blockade Exposes the Deep Rift Between Islamabad and Washington

Oct 08, 2010 at 10:37 | RFE/RL staff

The line of container trucks and fuel tankers waiting to cross into Afghanistan grows longer by the day at the Torkham border crossing, as Pakistan's partial blockade of NATO supply…

Gazprom shunned by Washington in Kyrgyzstan

Oct 01, 2010 at 08:55 | Deirdre Tynan

It appears that the US is resolved to sticking with a competitive tender plan to cover future fuel supplies at the Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan, despite a Kyrgyz provisional…

Russia Hosts Forum to stop the Arctic Becoming a Battleground Over Natural Resources

Sep 25, 2010 at 13:31 | ISN Security Watch

The more than 300 participants at the event, dubbed "The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue," are to discuss climate change, issues connected with natural resources, and prospects for the sustainable development…

Private Intelligence Firm Offers Government & Military Data To General Public

Sep 23, 2010 at 11:50 | Editorial Dept

Allowing investors, traders & news enthusiasts to take advantage of geopolitical trends and spot opportunities ahead of their competitors. September 23, 2010 – Washington DC.  The OSINT Group, a boutique…

The Strategic Outlook: Fear and Uncertainty Have Paths of Their Own

Sep 17, 2010 at 12:27 | Gregory R. Copley

Fear and uncertainty create patterns, paths of their own. And societies are again in a mosaic of uncertainty — and resultant fear — over the fate and durability of the…

US Hegemony and the Balance of Power

Sep 13, 2010 at 09:09 | ISN Security Watch

Recent Asian debates about the US role in global and regional security stem from two decades of strategic transition from Cold War bipolarity to uncertain US unipolarity challenged by unilateralism…

Russia Diversifies Oil Exports with China Pipeline Link

Sep 10, 2010 at 08:20 | Charles Kennedy

Last weekend, Russia officially opened a section of the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline link to China. Russia's RIA Novosti quoted Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as saying: "The implementation…

India Turns to Russia and Iran for a New Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategy

Sep 04, 2010 at 10:21 | Harsh Pant

Last month, in one of the largest single disclosures of such information in US history, WikiLeaks released more than 91,000 classified documents, some of which confirmed that Pakistani intelligence is…

Sochi Summit Marks the Start of Russia’s Return to Dominance in the Northern Tier and the US Withdrawal

Sep 02, 2010 at 10:26 | Gregory R. Copley

The recently concluded Sochi Summit has highlighted the return of Russia to a prominent, even strategically dominant, position in the Northern Tier, as the US Administration of President Barack Obama…

Uncertainties Highlighted in the Indo-American Nuclear Partnership

Aug 30, 2010 at 09:05 | Frank O'Donnell

India is moving closer to passing a Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage bill. This legislation would ensure that foreign suppliers of civilian nuclear equipment would pay no more than $322…

Russia Strengthens it’s Backing of Georgia’s Breakaway Regions

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:53 | ISN Security Watch

The Kremlin made a series of new gestures in support of Georgia’s breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on 8 August meeting with Abkhaz…

Australian Defense Programs Delayed by Political Impasse; New Elections Possible in Near Future

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:48 | Gregory R. Copley

Australia’s August 21, 2010, Federal Parliamentary elections for the lower house (the House of Representatives) and upper house (Senate) led to a hung parliament, with the prospect that the next…

The About Face in Iran-Brazil Relations

Aug 22, 2010 at 11:16 | ISN Security Watch

Brazil's president has pushed hard to unravel the diplomatic conundrum between Washington and Tehran, yet despite any perceived failures, he will leave Brazil with a much higher level of international…

The Two Leaks

Aug 13, 2010 at 09:30 | ISN Security Watch

While Russian media were reporting about the scandalous Wikileaks and predicting the imminent collapse of the coalition in Afghanistan, the leak of classified FSB documents was entirely ignored. The documents…

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