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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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“Rumors of My Death”

by Nathan Barrick

Where is President Putin?  Will he show up on Monday the 16th to meet Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev in Saint Petersburg, or will that meeting be canceled too? Quite a bit of speculation abounds as to the whereabouts of Russia President Vladimir Putin.  The serious questions began to be posed after President Putin suddenly canceled […]

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Understanding the Implications of the Ukraine Crisis

by Nathan Barrick

I’m disturbed by the short-sightedness of media analysis of the events in Ukraine, even as they begin to explore deeper – they are trapped by their own previous reporting and I hope they feel guilty enough about it to start getting it right…not likely. I am also annoyed at the U.S. government’s public analysis and […]

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Central Asia and the Syria Crisis: Assessing the Value of Strategic Partnership with the U.S

by Nathan Barrick

With world attention justifiably focused on the potential for U.S.-led punitive strikes against Syria for President Asad’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians, it is worth a momentary glance to survey Central Asia’s equities in the issue.  For many world governments, including in Central Asia, the issue is less about Syrian civilians dying by […]

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Readjusting in Afghanistan

by Alec Metz

Three big Afghan-related news items came out of not Afghanistan today: Pakistan’s official view of the U.S. raid that killed Bin Laden, the U.S.’s reconsideration of its withdrawal timelines and endstate, and the closure (probably temporarily) of the Taliban office in Qatar. All three are strong indicators of serious problems Afghanistan will face post-2014. The […]

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Why Pakistan Army Should Carry Military Operation in North Waziristan Alone?

by Sidrah Zaheer

There were some speculations in the media that generated debate about Pakistan Army undertaking a “joint operation” with the U.S. Army in North Waziristan. But this rumoured news was finally put to rest when Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, firmly declared that Pakistan will deal with the militants in its […]

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Will Sharing Drone Technology with Pakistan be a Better War Strategy for the U.S.?

by Sidrah Zaheer

To avoid sending troops inside Pakistan to kill terrorists by hunting them down, the United States has been using drone attacks to do the same. But as a result of these constant droning, more civilians are being killed than actual terrorists. On the contrary, with an increase in these drone attacks, more terrorists are revolting […]

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