War on Terror

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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Nazarbaev and Kazakh Yeli

by Michael Hancock-Parmer

-Біздің еліміздің атауында Орталық Азияның басқа да елдеріндегі сияқты “стан” деген жалғау бар. Сонымен бір мезгілде, шетелдіктер халқының саны небәрі екі миллионды құрайтын Моңғолияға қызығушылық танытады, бірақ оның атауында “стан” жалғауы жоқ. Сірә, еліміздің атауын уақыт өте келе “Қазақ елі” деп өзгерту мәселесін қарастыру керек шығар, бірақ алдымен міндетті түрде халықтың талқысына салған жөн, – […]

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Influence: The Bogeyman of Simplified Strategic Understanding

by Nathan Barrick

Many times I have been asked to assess whether one nation or another is “increasing influence,” usually to categorize as “good” or “bad” developing events for someone with little time or understanding of the situation. Frequently, the right answer – “It depends…” – has to be discarded due to an enforced sense of urgency that […]

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Taliban Eid Message 2013

by Alec Metz

As they’ve done every year since before the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban released an Eid message yesterday (see here for reports on 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). This year’s message dealt with civilian casualties, urging Taliban to avoid them, and placing the blame for past mistakes on the Afghan government and Coalition […]

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Another Flash of Violence in Xinjiang and China’s PR Strategy

by Kendrick Kuo
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This morning, Xinjiang made it into the news again with another violent clash (AP, AFP, Australian, Reuters, VOA, NYT). In Lukqun township, outside the city of Turpan, protesters attacked a police station, government offices, and a construction site. The mob apparently carried knives in the attack and set police cars on fire, which caused the […]

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Pakistan votes Romney, sort of

by Alec Metz

A recently commissioned BBC poll took the American election abroad, and although no states in Central Asia were surveyed, India, Pakistan, and China were featured. According to the BBC, they found that in 20 out of 21 countries, Obama was preferred over Romney, and that only Pakistan preferred Romney. Although the polling took place before […]

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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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