Saturday, May 21, 2022
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The tenth annual conference of the Valdai Discussion Club, which took place on September 16-19, 2013, was attended by experts and media professionals who focus on Russia, as well as senior Russian establishment figures and policymakers. The international gathering traditionally serves as a national forum of sorts for discussing...
g trip9
I am writing this from Budapest, the city in which I was born. I went to the United States so young that all my memories of Hungary were acquired later in life or through my family, whose memories bridged both world wars and the Cold War, all with their...
geopolitical-weekly
Lebanon was created out of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. This agreement between Britain and France reshaped the collapsed Ottoman Empire south of Turkey into the states we know today -- Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, and to some extent the Arabian Peninsula as well. For nearly 100 years, Sykes-Picot defined the...
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Letter from Kurdistan

At the edge of empires lies Kurdistan, the land of the Kurds. The jagged landscape has long been the scene of imperial aggression. For centuries, Turks, Persians, Arabs, Russians and Europeans looked to the mountains to buffer their territorial prizes farther afield, depriving the local mountain dwellers a say...
Western-Balkans
There is a lot happening in the ‘Invasion of Europe’ and really too much to post it all here, but this morning here (below) are several stories making the news.  Western Balkans.  https://www.wiltonpark.org.uk/conference/wp1217/western-balkans/ For new readers, we have a large archive of posts on the ‘Invasion of Europe’ which...
afghanistan
Although for some time Israeli focus has not extended beyond the borders of Iran, a fresh approach to Iran’s eastern neighbor,Afghanistan, could unveil strategic advantages for Israel. While Iran has enormous influence on Afghanistan, events in Afghanistan are mistakenly viewed almost exclusively through Western-American lenses. At a recent INSS conference, Michele Flournoy, former US Undersecretary...
Fall_of_Assad_Part_II_Memri
On July 21, 2012, in its editorial, the Iranian daily Kayhan, a mouthpiece of the Iranian regime that is close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, called on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to fight Israel, with Tehran's backing, on the...
Stratfor_Geopolitical_Weekly
  The U.S. military for years has debated the utility of counterinsurgency operations. Drawing from a sentiment that harkens back to the Vietnam War, many within the military have long opposed counterinsurgency operations. Others see counterinsurgency as the unavoidable future of U.S. warfare. The debate...