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Geopolitics

Private Military Contractors Experiencing an Industry Boom in Iraq

Aug 25, 2010 at 10:22 | Jody Ray Bennett

In hopes of making good on a campaign promise just months before the November elections, President Barack Obama successfully oversaw the last of combat troops depart from Iraq just a…

International Sanctions Inflicting Pain At Gas Pump, Stalling Energy Projects

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:59 | Fawzia Sheikh

Although the Iranian government insists that countries like China and Russia can make up lost Western investment in the petroleum sector, rising gas prices and stalled energy projects are signs…

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…

Israeli Intelligence Infiltrated Throughout Lebanese Government

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:51 | Wayne Madsen

WMR has learned from its Lebanese intelligence sources that the Lebanese government is coming to realize that Israeli intelligence penetration of all political groups in the country is worse than…

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…

Iraq’s Dangerous and Depressing Reality

Aug 23, 2010 at 08:07 | ISN Security Watch

Iraq has since 2008 retreated from the brink of collapse, though it still remains perilously close to the precipice. There are daily attacks, such as the explosion in Baghdad on…

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…

Interpreting Sharia Law in Afghanistan

Aug 22, 2010 at 10:58 | ISN Security Watch

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has added his voice to those condemning the Taliban-orchestrated execution by stoning of a young couple charged with adultery. The stonings in the northeastern province of…

Is War With Iran Imminent?

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:29 | Claude Salhani

Iran, it is believed, is on the fast track to develop nuclear weapons which Israel sees as a direct threat to not only its security, but to its very existence.…

Israelis Conducting Covert Maritime Operations in Persian Gulf

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:23 | Wayne Madsen

Chinese and Japanese intelligence agencies, which closely monitor events in the Persian Gulf due to the dependence of both countries on oil from the region, report that Israeli Navy commandos…

India’s Growing Nuclear Capabilities

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:15 | Frank O'Donnell

The Indian announcement last week of the development of a new Agni-II intermediate-range nuclear missile illustrates a growing flexibility in New Delhi’s nuclear force posture. India is entering a new…

Despite Tension Israel and Turkey Continue their Economic relations

Aug 17, 2010 at 10:49 | David Caploe PhD

Israeli business executives here in Istanbul like to point out that most of the angry Turks who protested Israel’s deadly raid on a Turkish-led flotilla to Gaza this past…

Government Mismanagement Under DRC President Kabila Frustrates Foreign Investors

Aug 17, 2010 at 10:40 | Fawzia Sheikh

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been slow to cash in on the continent’s oil rush and may end up forfeiting a lucrative opportunity, a situation some Africa experts blame…

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…

Iraq: The Conflict Over Power

Aug 10, 2010 at 12:21 | ISN Security Watch

The current political impasse in Iraq is damaging to all parties involved. A UN-sponsored National Salvation Government may be the only way forward. The “Non-Dialogue” dialogue is still going on…

Scepticism Over Stress Testing of European Banks

Aug 09, 2010 at 09:20 | Robert M Cutler

The results of the bank stress test in Europe have been greeted with widespread skepticism; even though financial markets seem calmer, the system is not yet out of the woods.…

Lebanese Officials Expect Phony Evidence in UN Report on Hariri Assassination

Aug 08, 2010 at 14:26 | Wayne Madsen

The Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) is reporting sources in Lebanon are expecting that the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) report on who was responsible for the 2005 remotely-controlled bomb…

An Uncertain Homecoming: BP’s Return To Libya Decades After Gaddafi’s Revolution

Aug 06, 2010 at 08:38 | Fawzia Sheikh

After nearly 40 years, BP is returning to Libya amid widespread controversy about an alleged link to the Lockerbie bomber’s release and fears about a potential oil disaster in the…

A Coup in Saudi Avoided or Iranian Disinformation?

Aug 06, 2010 at 08:28 | Claude Salhani

Did King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia narrowly avoid being overthrown by a close member of his own royal family?  That seems to be a rumor circulating around some political and…

The Enduring Middle East Strategic Framework Begins to Emerge as Iran Surges, and the US Resiles

Aug 04, 2010 at 20:42 | Yossef Bodansky

The lingering impact of August 3, 2010, clash on the Israeli-Lebanese border lies in the greater context of, and wider strategic dynamics in, the Middle East. These aspects were highlighted…

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