Politics

France is getting Involved in Regional Power Games in Asia – but in What Capacity?

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In view of two noteworthy events which occurred in early September this year, it may be interesting to take another look at France’s plans to joining the power games being played out in the Indian and Pacific Ocean region, which is becoming a key arena in the current phase of the global political contest. It is “another look”, as NEO briefly…

How China is Unwinding the US’ Middle East Supremacy

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Whereas the last two US presidents campaigned for withdrawal from the Middle East—and both of them did so in the wake of ‘shale oil revolution’ in the US itself—doing so has not only been difficult due largely to the geo-strategic setback that this withdrawal will give to the US supremacy in the Middle East, but also to the increasing competition the US is already…

Uzbekistan to Throw in Its Lot with the EAEU

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The discussions that have been going on for more than a year on Uzbekistan’s entry into the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) are coming to a logical conclusion. The topic of the integration of Tashkent into the EAEU was loudly discussed in October 2019, during the visit of the Speaker of the Federation Council of Russia Valentina Matvienko to the Uzbek…

Indonesia – the Center of “Humane Piracy”

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The Strait of Malacca between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula is a strategic corridor connecting the Indian and Pacific Oceans, which maintains maritime traffic between Europe, Africa and East Asia. The Strait of Malacca is used to transport approximately 25% of all the cargo sent by sea on the planet. Considering the number of ships with…

New Attempts at Rekindling the Sino-Indian Conflict

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At a recent US-India meetup US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo led an American effort to take advantage of recent India-China friction. In a move to do exactly what the United States blames Russia, China, and other nations of doing, the Trump administration foreign policy chief put forward again a possible US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, thinly…

Moon Jae-in vs. Lee Nak-yon

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On August 29, 2020, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Nak-yon was elected chairman of the ruling Democratic Party Toburo. He received 60.77% of the delegates’ votes. His rivals for the leadership of the ruling party were former Interior Minister Kim Boo-kyum and National Assembly MP Park Chul Min. In the author’s opinion, this is another, albeit an imperceptible, political loss…

New US Plans in the Middle East

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The third trilateral summit between Egypt, Jordan, and Iran took place at the end of August in Amman, Jordan.  The first summit took place in Cairo in March last year, and the second one was held in New York during the regular session of the UN General Assembly in September 2019.  Iraq was represented by Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi in the first two summits…

Navalny Sacrificed as Part of a Wider Geopolitical Battle

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Few stories in recent years more clearly illustrate the sorry decline in western media standards than the coverage currently being given to the illness of Russian dissident politician Alexei Navalny. Mr Navalny is at most a minor irritant to the ruling Russian politicians. At the last election he polled less than 2% of the popular vote. In most western countries such a poll rating…

Who is to Blame for Afghanistan’s Opium Frenzy?

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Over the last forty years of Afghanistan’s tragic military history (the war in the 1980s, the civil war in the 1990s and the US occupation since 2001), opium has always played a role in the fate of the country. The sad irony is that Afghanistan’s unique ecology coupled with US military policy in the region has turned the landlocked country into the world’s first…

Russia-China Switch to Counter US-Indo-Pacific-Strategy Mode

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Big power rivalry is often characterized by alliances and counter-alliances, involving smaller countries on both sides of the rivalry. Big powers thus tend to engage in a race for winning more and more allies to their side. This is precisely what is happening in the Asia-Pacific region where the US’ so-called “Indo-Pacific Strategy” has triggered forces of alliances…

US Presidential Elections and the Korean Peninsula

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In the United States, participants in the presidential election that will be held on November 3, have been determined. The Republican nominee is the White House’s current head, Donald Trump, and the Democratic nominee is former Vice President Joe Biden. In this context, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea has launched a working group…

Cavalry Attack in Georgia by US Ambassador Kelly Degnan

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US Ambassador to Tbilisi Kelly Degnan, a wiry lady with a striking military appearance, with precise cavalry pressure, began to implement in her activities the instructions she received from the White House to strengthen the militant positions of the United States in Georgia and Transcaucasia as a whole. The soldiers of the 2nd cavalry regiment…


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