Situation on Korean Peninsula on Brink of Large-Scale Conflict – Putin

The situation on the Korean peninsula has escalated and is now on the edge of the full-scale military conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, adding that the problem must be solved through dialogue. "I have to say a few words about the situation on the Korean Peninsula, where tensions have grown recently and the situation is balancing on the …

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Should We Fear a Military Conflict between China and India?

The recent aggravation of China-India relations during the summer of 2017 was connected with a chain of events in the Doklam Valley. For months the servicemen of the two most powerful Asian states were patrolling the territory disputed between the PRC and Bhutan throughout the summer, with their governments exchanging incensed messages. Those events accompanied …

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Are Trump’s Generals on the Verge of Committing the Biggest Blunder of His Presidency?

James Mattis is considering arming Ukraine—a strategy that's sure to backfire. Arming Ukraine has always been a bad idea. It was a bad idea when it was first proposed by the Brookings Institution in early 2015 and it’s a bad idea now that Defense Secretary James Mattis is reviving it. It was a bad idea under Barack …

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Germany: Caught Between America and Russia Again

Since Willy Brandt made Egon Bahr’s “Ostpolitik” official government policy in 1969, Germany's leaders have been divided. Some want closer ties to Washington, and others demand a common European home with Russia. As voters prepare for the polls, the debate has kicked off again. Over in Berlin, they’ve been enduring an election campaign so tedious …

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Russia’s Foreign Policy Progressives Have Trumped the Traditionalists

Russia’s foreign policy “rebalancing” is the result of its progressive “deep state” faction obtaining more influence than the traditionalist one in deciding grand strategy. Many observers of Russian foreign policy have been left confused over the past couple of years as Moscow’s deft geostrategic maneuverings in the “Ummah” caught them completely off guard, as they …

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Syria: Turkey to Launch Major Military Operation in September

Turkey is preparing to launch the second phase of Operation Euphrates Shield after the next round of Astana peace talks scheduled to take place on September 13-15. The Turkish military has prepared a road map. This month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned of upcoming operations on the Syrian soil. Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS), an alliance led by al …

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The Reasons for Netanyahu’s Panic

A very senior Israeli intelligence delegation, a week ago, visited Washington. Then, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke into President Putin’s summer holiday to meet him in Sochi, where, according to a senior Israeli government official (as cited in the Jerusalem Post), Netanyahu threatened to bomb the Presidential Palace in Damascus, and to disrupt and nullify …

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Rohingya Bodies Found on Bangladesh Coast as Thousands Flee Myanmar

Bangladeshi border guards have recovered at least two dozen bodies from the country's shore in the past two days, as tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims make desperate attempts to flee the worst violence involving the Myanmar minority in at least five years. At the United Nations, the US ambassador to the world body, Nikki …

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