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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...

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,...

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...

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...

Risks in Rush to Crush ISIS

Risks in Rush to Crush ISIS

Mar 1, 2017

Originally Published on Consortiumnews President Trump’s vow to crush the Islamic State quickly may lead to hasty actions that could compound the problem rather than solve it, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar A couple of tendencies that are all too common in policymaking and policy debate tend to make for unwise foreign commitments or...

Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany

Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany

Feb 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Wolfgang Kerler Wolfgang Kerler, a reporter for German public broadcaster ARD, is a specialist on globalization, digitalization, migration and investigative reporting. MUNICH, Feb 23 2017 (IPS) – Internationally, German chancellor Angela Merkel was praised for her humanitarian decision to open...

A Pax Russica in the Middle East? Putin will have to do more to make it stick

A Pax Russica in the Middle East? Putin will have to do more to make it stick

Feb 24, 2017

Luigi Narbone, European University Institute Can Russia succeed where the West has failed, stabilising the Middle East and North Africa through some kind of Pax Russica? The question might have sounded strange not so long ago, but in less than two years, a mix of decisive action, unwavering and often ruthless use of military power, and bold political-diplomatic...

Syria’s Balance of Terror

Syria’s Balance of Terror

Feb 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Omar Ashour LONDON – As the civil war in Syria nears the six-year mark, the mounting death toll and constantly shifting military landscape is making a mockery of the diplomatic track. With yet another round of talks on the horizon – new United Nations-led discussions are scheduled to begin today in Geneva – it’s worth asking...

Syrian Prison, a “Human Slaughterhouse” – Amnesty International

Syrian Prison, a “Human Slaughterhouse” – Amnesty International

Feb 8, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS World Desk   ROME, Feb 8 2017 (IPS) – At Saydnaya Military Prison, “the Syrian authorities have quietly and methodically organised the killing of thousands of people in their custody,” according to a new Amnesty International (AI) report. The AI report says that “the murder, torture,...

Syrian regime denies execution of 13,000 prisoners

Syrian regime denies execution of 13,000 prisoners

Feb 8, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor The Syrian justice ministry yesterday denied the findings published in an Amnesty International report which accused the Syrian regime of executing up to 13,000 prisoners through mass hangings at a military jail near Damascus, news agencies reported. In a statement, the ministry said: “The...

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