Russian Strategy – WTF?

by Nathan Barrick

Is Russian Strategy warlike – true or false? Russia’s strategic deployment and bombing campaign in Syria appears to have surprised and shocked many observers, including Russia watchers.  It shouldn’t have. The uproar is all about Russian aggression and expansionism.  Pundits decry Putin’s alleged attempt to re-create the Soviet Union.  The descriptors of Putin and Russia […]

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Citius, Altius, Fortius: Kazakhstan’s Winter Olympics Bid

by Nathan Barrick

Does Kazakhstan stand a chance of winning its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games?  President Nazarbayev recently approved the Kazakhstan National Olympic Committee’s proposal to launch a bid for hosting the Winter Olympic Games in 2022 and the city of Almaty formally filed its application on 16 August, according to Chairman of the […]

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China’s Terrorism Narrative Emerges for June 26 Incident

by Kendrick Kuo
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Yesterday, a “knife-wielding” mob attacked a police station, government offices, and a construction site in Lukqun township, Xinjiang. The mob killed nine security personnel and eight civilians before police gunfire killed ten of the assailants. In my commentary of the crisis, I may have spoken too soon. Comparing it to another violent clash in April […]

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by Matthew Kuhl

So, Ahmed Wali Karzai, brother of Hamid Karzai and suspected drug lord, may also be a good friend of the CIA. I was shocked, shocked, I tell you, to learn this. I can’t really say why, but perhaps it’s the Agency’s history of backing the thug who gets our stuff done (Guatemala, Iran, Cuba, Indochina, […]

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Let’s Think About Mehsud

by Joshua Foust
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Okay, he’s almost certainly dead. So will this matter all that much? When Baitullah Mehsud’s predecessor, Nek Mohammed, died in a drone strike in 2004, American policymakers thought they were onto something—targeted assassinations surely would blunt the power of the Islamists in Pakistan, right? Mehsud turned out to be a much more fearsome opponent than […]

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