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Private Military Companies Forming Vanguard of Russian Foreign Operations

Private Military Companies Forming Vanguard of Russian Foreign Operations

Mar 17, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Pavel Felgenhauer The massive Russian military involvement in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad may be the first move to reestablish Moscow’s influence over the entire Middle East (see EDM, March 8). Russia has also been seeking contacts in conflict-ridden Libya, which still lacks an effective...

UN Facing Famines, Conflicts and Now U.S. Funding Cuts

UN Facing Famines, Conflicts and Now U.S. Funding Cuts

Mar 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Lyndal Rowlands UNITED NATIONS, Mar 17 2017 (IPS) – In the midst of responding to the worst humanitarian crisis since records began, the UN is now faced with potential funding cuts from its biggest donor, the United States. On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump released “America First: A...

UN Is Committed to Reform But Warns of Abrupt Funding Cuts

UN Is Committed to Reform But Warns of Abrupt Funding Cuts

Mar 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By J Nastranis Note: This is the first in a series of reports analysing U.S. policy towards multilateralism in general and the UN in particular. – Editor NEW YORK (IDN) – While United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed strong disapproval of President Donald...

Syria 6 years on: What does the future hold?

Syria 6 years on: What does the future hold?

Mar 14, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Nasim Ahmed When pro-democracy protests started six years ago in Syria’s southern city, Daraa, few would have anticipated that the violent clampdown by the regime would trigger a brutal civil war. Even fewer would have expected it to last more than six years. While the war has been characteristically unpredictable,...

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Mar 13, 2017

Originally published by EurasiaNet.org EurasiaNet Commentary By Alexander Morrison Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained journalistic ignorance as Central Asia. News from what are patronizingly known as the “stans” rarely makes it into mainstream news outlets, except in connection to Islamic terrorism, authoritarianism, and ethnic and...

Violence, Power Vacuum in Mideast, Fertile Ground for Terrorism

Violence, Power Vacuum in Mideast, Fertile Ground for Terrorism

Mar 13, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS    By IPS World Desk ROME/GENEVA, Mar 13 2017 (IPS) – Long decades of violence in the Middle East and Northern Africa, resulting from the proliferation of international and local conflicts, have strained the social fabric that once held peaceful Arab societies together, says a Geneva-based think tank...

Why Assad’s military gains don’t translate to success in Syrian peace talks

Why Assad’s military gains don’t translate to success in Syrian peace talks

Mar 11, 2017

Dara Conduit, Deakin University The uprising in Syria will mark its sixth anniversary on March 15, but the Syrian war has far from run its course. Much has changed in the Syrian government’s favour over the past 18 months. Russia’s decision to formally intervene in the conflict in September 2015 buttressed the ailing regime’s air superiority and allowed it to...

Tensions in the Balkans should be carefully watched but not exaggerated

Tensions in the Balkans should be carefully watched but not exaggerated

Mar 7, 2017

Loïc Trégourès, Université de Lille 2 – Université de Lille Tensions have been on the rise again between Serbia and Kosovo, prompting European Union High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini to visit the Western Balkans last week. Her visit was timely: on March 2, a French court postponed the extradition of former prime minister of Kosovo,...

Trump’s Obsession With Generals Could Send Us Straight Into War With Iran

Trump’s Obsession With Generals Could Send Us Straight Into War With Iran

Mar 7, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation The president’s foreign-policy picks have set the stage for an aggressive military-first administration. By William D. Hartung In the splurge of “news,” media-bashing, and Bannonism that’s been Donald Trump’s domestic version of a shock-and-awe campaign, it’s easy to forget just how much of what the new president and...

Syria is a ‘testing ground’ for new Russian weapons

Syria is a ‘testing ground’ for new Russian weapons

Mar 5, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor Russia has tested 162 types of new weapons in its combat in Syria, its defence minister said, hailing the military’s performance in the war-torn country, in which more than 310,000 people have been killed. The weapons have proven their worth in the conflict, Sergei Shoigu told the Russian...

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