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Washington Makes a Key Bet in Central Asia on Uzbekistan

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Uzbekistan has always been of interest to the United States because it is a “key state” bordering all countries in the region as Zbigniew Brzezinski put it in his book “The Grand Chessboard.” With the beginning of the “war on terror” in 2001, the USA leased a military base in Karshi Khanabad in Uzbekistan. However, relations between Tashkent and Washington…

Afghanistan: Is US Cooperation with the Taliban Power Possible?

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Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has bravely stated that “it is possible” the United States will seek to coordinate with the Taliban (banned in Russia) “counterterrorist strikes against DAESH (a terrorist group banned in Russia) fighters or others.” First of all, Al-Qaeda (banned in territory of the Russian Federation…

Why China and Russia May Choose to Help the Taliban Government?

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If there is one central reason that explains why Russia and China have decided to develop relations with the Taliban government in Afghanistan, it is the US inability to defeat and dismantle the terror networks that exist in Afghanistan today. Even after twenty years of fighting, the US retreated from Afghanistan without defeating the Taliban…

Yet More Afghan-related Factors Affecting the Taiwan Problem

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The worsening struggle around Taiwan, engaging the leading players in the current stage of the “Great World Game,” provides further confirmation of the well-known thesis that the popular media distort real life, which is replaced by simulacra of varying quality. The consequence of this is that what really matters is not what is actually happening…

King of Jordan Takes Over Regional Settlement

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After years of tension between Amman and Washington under former US President Donald Trump, and a change of administration in the White House, Jordan’s King Abdullah II has firmly established his own authority over the long stalled Middle East settlement, as well as over other regional issues. The tensions with Washington peaked in early 2020 when Jordan…

Will Europe be Saved by Its Own Army?

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The fact that Europeans need their joint armed forces can be heard more and more often in the European Union lately. The number of such statements has increased noticeably, especially against the backdrop of the US and NATO’s failure in Afghanistan. “America is leaving Afghanistan not only defeated but humiliated,” writes the French Le Figaro…

Middle East and the Shadow of Events in Afghanistan

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After the complete evacuation of the US and NATO military from Afghanistan, the possibility of a return of Al-Qaeda (a terrorist group banned in Russia) is causing concern. Al Qaeda carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, and they are now receiving a safe haven in Afghanistan, as it did before the tragedy. Taliban morale…

NATO and the EU: Will Dad’s Army Become a Rapid Reaction Force?

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Did you ever hear of the old British TV show Dad’s Army? If not, it is high time to see it—and have a good laugh in the process. The show is about the Home Guard, the volunteer civil defence force established in the UK during World War II in case the Germans invaded. A succession of bumbling civilians from a wide variety of occupations comes…

A Chronicle of the Pre-election Race in ROK: What Topics the Candidates are Delving Into

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A conversation about the election race would be incomplete without mentioning what topics the contenders involved are locking horns with each other about. The Korea Times points out that while in previous elections the issues related to North Korea’s nuclear program, and improving inter-Korean relations, were important elements…

How Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan View the Change of Power in Afghanistan

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It is well known than the majority of the population in Afghanistan are Pashtuns: according to rough estimates, about 45% of the country’s 40 million people are Pashtuns. Pashtuns play a leading role in the social and political life of the state, and this ethnic group is predominantly a member of the Islamist terrorist movement…

Afghan Refugees Exacerbate Western Divisions and Create New Problems

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One of the most severe and visible consequences of the crisis in Afghanistan has been the influx of Afghan refugees seeking to flee the country because of the chaos resulting from Western actions in the country. Refugees don’t have many choices. Air communication with the outside world has been severed, so the main wave of migrants…


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