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Russia Loses Ground to China in Central Asian Trade

Russia Loses Ground to China in Central Asian Trade

Kyrgyzstan has a significant trade…

Tehran's Nuclear Threats Raise Global Concerns

Tehran's Nuclear Threats Raise Global Concerns

Iranian officials are increasingly suggesting…

Moscow Withdraws Draft That Proposed Expanding its Territorial Waters

Moscow Withdraws Draft That Proposed Expanding its Territorial Waters

Russia has withdrawn without explanation…

Geopolitics

Russians See the East as a Greater Threat Than the West

Jul 28, 2010 at 05:25 | Open Democracy

Many Russians experienced the collapse of the Soviet Union as defeat in a third world war and held Gorbachev responsible. However, a recent Levada Center survey shows attitudes are changing.…

Economic Conflict Between China and the US May Reappear at Any Time

Jul 26, 2010 at 08:57 | Robert M Cutler

Political friction over economic issues between the US and China has faded for the time being, but its sources remain and may reappear at any time. Currency issues have been…

The Strategic Ramifications of a US-Led Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Jul 22, 2010 at 03:34 | Gregory R. Copley

The United States and the NATO allies are preparing to disengage and soon withdraw from Afghanistan and even the most vocal advocates of the "long-term commitment" do not anticipate more…

The Ultimate High Ground and Space Arms Control

Jul 21, 2010 at 08:16 | ISN Security Watch

Obama’s National Space Policy promises to consider arms control proposals if they are equitable, verifiable and increase the national security of the US and its allies, in an about face…

The Prospect of an Israeli Military Strike Against Iran

Jul 21, 2010 at 08:03 | Gregory R. Copley

Western media “analysts” and Western military pundits have, for the past two years, been forecasting the imminent military strike by Israel — sometimes by Israel in company with the US…

Corruption in Afghanistan Expanding at an Alarming Rate

Jul 20, 2010 at 03:20 | ISN Security Watch

A recent survey by Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) shows a sharp expansion in corruption in Afghan society. Most Afghans now see the payment of bribes as a routine part of…

Intelligence Dominance and Population-Centric Warfare

Jul 15, 2010 at 02:49 | Peter A. Buxbaum

The US needs to adjust its defense capabilities to 21st century, population centric conflicts, according to a new think tank report. In the 2009 Academy Award-winning movie The Hurt Locker,…

Horn, Red Sea Braces for Instability as Somaliland Moves Toward Islamist Reunification With Somalia

Jul 14, 2010 at 02:49 | Gregory R. Copley

The Election Commission of the Republic of Somaliland on July 1, 2010 — as noted, the highly-iconic 50th anniversary date of the original union of the Republic of Somaliland with…

Beware the Ides of July, August

Jul 13, 2010 at 12:18 | Claude Salhani

With summer here we are entering a precarious time in the Middle East, a time that deserves particular attention. This is a perilous moment for the region when the fuse…

Irregular Warfare Causing the Coalition to Rethink its Entire Approach in Afghanistan

Jul 13, 2010 at 12:09 | Open Democracy

The ability of Iran’s military to learn from experience and become adept in irregular warfare echoes that of insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also presents the United States with…

Will Afghanistan’s $1 Trillion of Minerals Secure Foreign Investment

Jul 12, 2010 at 03:39 | ISN Security Watch

In mid-June, an article in the New York Times revealed to the world something that many Afghans already knew: Afghanistan sits on about $1 trillion-worth of minerals. Afghans are now…

Impact of Iran Sanctions Legislation: An Energy Perspective

Jul 09, 2010 at 03:57 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

Q:  Two weeks ago, the US House and Senate both overwhelmingly approved legislation (HR 2194) authorizing the president to sanction businesses that supply Iran with refined petroleum products or help…

Is Myanmar Working With North Korea on a Nuclear Weapons Program?

Jul 08, 2010 at 02:29 | Frank O'Donnell

Evidence continues to surface suggesting Myanmar’s possible interest in launching a covert nuclear power program with potential North Korean assistance. As part of the continuing saga of North Korea’s deviant…

China’s Strategy for a Post Western World

Jul 07, 2010 at 03:44 | Open Democracy

A number of different visions of China’s future as a leading world power are competing for public attention and influence. Among them are populist ideas that challenge Beijing’s official rhetoric…

The New Civil Wars Within the West

Jul 04, 2010 at 12:41 | Gregory R. Copley

Internecine civil wars are underway almost everywhere within the West, and most virulently in the United States of America. They are not yet kinetic wars, but wars of grinding prepositioning,…

Turkey vs The Internet

Jul 03, 2010 at 15:02 | Robert Tait

It was meant to herald the start of an epic democratic odyssey that would see Turkey easing censorship and free-speech restrictions and result in it joining the European Union. Instead…

Egypt and The New Nuclear Diplomacy

Jul 02, 2010 at 08:19 | Frank O'Donnell

As a 4th round of UNSC Iran sanctions is passed and the NPT Review Conference is brought to a close, the emergence of new nuclear diplomacy interlocutors with distinct interests…

Britain Opens it’s Doors to Ousted Kyrgyz Leaders

Jul 02, 2010 at 08:07 | John Daly

In 1938, prior to selling out the Czechs to Hitler, Chamberlain called the Sudeten crisis “a quarrel in a far-away land between peoples of whom we know nothing.” History is…

Somaliland Presidential Election Besieged by Well-Financed Islamists, Threatening Horn/Red Sea Stability

Jul 01, 2010 at 12:25 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

It is now apparent that moves forecast by GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs  by pan-Somalians and Islamists to undermine, overthrow, and discredit the Republic of Somaliland’s June 26, 2010, Presidential…

American Teenager Killed on the Gaza Flotilla for Holding a Camera

Jul 01, 2010 at 09:36 | John Daly

The death of a US citizen at the hands of Israeli forces who conducted a lethal raid on a Gaza flotilla creates more questions than answers. Israel’s 31 May assault…

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