The American Failure behind ‘Grand Strategic Cultures’ and Modern Conflict

This work is about how a specific conceptualization of ‘culture’ in intelligence studies, amongst scholars at first but subsequently practitioners… More
Politics USA in the World

Ukraine’s Thieves and Nazis: From ‘Russian Propaganda’ to Parliament

With the final votes being counted in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections, early results show an unsurprisingly strong showing for the country’s… More
Politics Ukraine in the world

The Islamic State and the Problem of Extremism

The reports that have been coming from the Middle East in the last weeks clearly prove that the Islamic State… More
Politics Middle East

The Pentagon Fights for Public Opinion: The “Afghan Trap” Revisited

A common phrase in the United States these days is “No one cares what I think.” Disappointment in the aftermath… More
Society Central Asia - Afghanistan


Ukraine Democracy is a $3 Bill - the US and EU, too

345345222The Ukraine vote is in and Poroshenko the candy king has won again, but not by much. He pulled 23% to Yatsenyuk’s 21%, not something that would be considered a general mandate to rule. They represent two competing factions of what observers...

Ukraine in the world

Iraq and Afghanistan: the US Grand Strategy and Grand Failures

EBE6CD25-C10C-43F2-90E9-608DE180AC67_mw1024_s_nThe success of the ISIS or ISIL in Syria and Iraq against the Iraqi military forces and the success of the Taliban in Afghanistan against Afghan forces apparently look two different cases; however, they have something in common which glaringly shows grand failure...

Central Asia - Afghanistan

Coalition against the Islamic Coalition: The search for a strategy

5532The absence of advance of the hastily formed coalition between the USA and its Arab allies becomes more and more obvious. Despite the fact that close to a dozen states (Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Jordan, Canada, the Netherlands, UAE...

Middle East

Has America Nuked Syria?

234234234A massive explosion outside Kobani, the Syrian/Kurdish border town under attack by ISIL/ISIS publicly and to a less public extent, by the Turkish army as well. Nuclear physicist, Jeff Smith, former IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)...

Middle East - Syria

ISIS - an Anti-Shia Political Tool

5543In recent days, the Iraqi army has success- fully executed a number of strikes against ISIS. Most importantly, Iraqi regular troops have managed to push the Sunni Islamists back from Baghdad, clearing the International Airport and western suburbs near...

Middle East - Iraq

The Triangle: Russia, Mongolia, China

Collage NEO.In 1994, the State Great Khural, Mongolia’s supreme organ of government authority, adopted a foreign policy concept emphasizing development of good-neighborly, constructive relations with Russia and China as a priority for the foreign policy of Mongolia. Up to...

Central Asia

Putin Exposes Criminal Global Order

Russian President Vladimir Putin, before an international audience, exposed an international order capitalizing on the end of the Cold War to reshape the world according to its own interests, sidelining concepts such as basic international relations, international...

Russia in the World


Gold or Gunfire: Hedging Against the Collapse of the Dollar

807854A global economic collapse has become unavoidable, said former chief economist of the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) William White in response to the BIS' quarterly report in September 2013. Experts forecast that a global economic collapse may...

USA in the World

About Chinese "leadership" in Asia and the world at large

NEO CollageeThe IMF forecast that by the end of 2014 China's GDP will, for the first time, exceed the American GDP (in terms of purchasing power parity) has caused a flurry of different emotions in the world media. This actually looks strange given China’s own critical...

Eastern Asia - China

Azerbaijan and the Geopolitical Chessboard

dsc_9024With the collapse of the Soviet Union nearly twenty five years ago, the political and strategic orientation of its former republics changed nearly overnight. As Moscow reorganized itself, and Western capital flooded into Russia...

Transcaucasia - Azerbaijan

The World Market and Oil Prices

345345The price of oil continues to fall catastrophically in all world sites. For example, in mid-October Brent crude oil was already being traded at around 85 dollars per barrel. At the New York Stock Exchange the price of a barrel of WTI oil was 84.9 dollars.

Middle East

Obama’s Stupid Sanctions Give Putin New Oil Bonanza

464564563US President Barack Obama, or at least the warhawk neo-conservatives pushing him to war everywhere, are beginning to get hit with the boomerang of their stupid economic sanctions against Putin’s Russia...

Russia in the World

Russia in Negotiation with China for alternative SWIFT Bank system

45645646Russia and China, the two strategic Eurasian nations, are moving clearly to ultimately break free of the stranglehold of the Dollar System. On September 10 high-level talks took place between the two countries discussing establishment of an interbank...

Eastern Asia - China

Results of the Astrakhan Summit of Caspian States

234234The fourth summit of Caspian states, which ended with the signing of the Joint Declaration by the Presidents of the 5 countries, as well as communiques and three agreements governing interactions between Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan...

Russia in the World


Saudi Arabia: on the Verge of Tough Decisions

NEO Collage 121Saudi Arabia is once again in the center of international events. The international community is primarily interested in consequences of Saudis' adopting the decision to maintain the capacity of produced crude oil at the same level and to lower prices for its oil...

Middle East - Saudi Arabia

Georgia in the Ebola Zone, “another viral or bacterial bomb waiting to explode?”

4534533Predictably, since the US signed the Bio Weapons Convention it has invented increasingly innovative ways of circumventing it. The scientific community and public have responded by looking the other way, due to fear, ignorance or...

Caucasus - Georgia

ISIS: America's Terrorist Mercenaries

453453453Generally historical revision takes place long after events unfold and the victors attempt to bury humiliating or inconvenient truths. Today, in the age of information, these would-be victors are finding it increasingly necessary to revise history in real-time through...

Middle East - Iraq

The Black Flag Army – How IS Fits in Islam’s Foretold Great War

522210940099If IS - the Islamic State – has monopolized most of the world’s attention as the group has quite literally turn the Middle East into an ever flowing river of blood where horrors and persecutions have become the norm, a deep connection to Islamic...

Middle East - Iraq

Sanctions Against Russia: The View from the Middle East

20140126235921__lassaad-lachaalAnti-Russian sanctions and the impact they have on the international climate and on relations in the economic, political and other spheres, have not escaped the attention of the Middle East, its politicians and experts on the region. Some fear that the repercussions of...

Middle East

The US Adventurism in the Middle East and its Consequences

image (1)Since at least 1980, the US has been invading, occupying and bombing the Middle East. The rhetoric invented to give justification to this adventurism was and still is based upon notions of promoting democracy...

Middle East

Landslide in Opinion and Recognition of Palestine by UK caused by Alternative Media?

Supporters of Palestine demand vote for PalestineIn October 2014, the UK parliament voted in favor of recognizing Palestine. The vote followed a landslide in opinion, likely to have been caused by alternative media, some of which noted...

Middle East - Israel

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