Selected Pearls of Ian Bremmer’s Wisdom

by Joshua Foust on 1/22/2009

Inspired by once-Wonkette’s interpretation of Tina Brown interpreting history, I’ll just excerpt Ian Bremmer’s latest blog post on THE NEW FOREIGNPOLICY-DOT-COM as a string of ellipses. Trust, it’ll contain the exact same content.

Russia’s was always the stronger position. It’s their gas, and Ukrainians aren’t the only ones who need it… Ultimately, the Russian and Ukrainian governments reached agreement because both understood that the time for compromise had come… It’s their gas, and Ukrainians aren’t the only ones who need it… Putin… is speaking to a wider international audience… Like the Israelis… it must strike much, much harder than its opponents can…to send a message that further provocations will not be tolerated (that last ellipsis was his)… The agreement does help reduce tensions to a simmer, but the next flashpoint could be just behind the horizon… It’s especially tough to guess Russia’s next move… Putin holds more power than any other individual in the world… It won’t be long before Russia and Ukraine are at it again — over energy supplies or something else.

Oh yeah, so he also mentioned that Russia is super ++stable because of Vladimir Putin operating a shadow government behind the head of state’s back, and therefore he throws his hands up and says he doesn’t know what will happen next. But that was after he abused several poor metaphors (Russia is like Israel or a pot of water that might also explode because Putin is the most powerful man on earth?). Aren’t you glad he is running a blog at ForeignPolicy-dot-com and also charging his clients a LOT of money for such Stratforian insight? I know I certainly sleep better at night.

Meanwhile, Russia doesn’t want us resupplying Afghanistan using its territory. So much for those “new supply routes.”


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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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