What is Behind Mohammed Bin Salman’s Latest Reshuffle?
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What is Behind Mohammed Bin Salman’s Latest Reshuffle?

The Saudi military and state bureaucracy needs more than a shakeup. On 26 February King Salman issued a royal decree according to which several army generals, civil servants, royal court advisors, mayors, and local governors were either sacked, promoted or replaced by others. Such reshuffles are not unusual but the timing is questionable. Feel-good factor…

Libya: New Gaddafi Figure Waits in the Wings But Says He has ‘No Time for Democracy’
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Libya: New Gaddafi Figure Waits in the Wings But Says He has ‘No Time for Democracy’

In Libya, a dominant military figure stands out as a possible new leader of a unified country – that is, of course, if he wins at the polls – or even if he doesn’t. But can the UN or the West even organize an election? Some seven months have passed since Libya’s two rival leaders…

Driven by India into China’s Arms, Is Nepal the New Sri Lanka?
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Driven by India into China’s Arms, Is Nepal the New Sri Lanka?

“This looks like China, doesn’t it?” Deputy Inspector General Mandip Shrestha has his chest puffed out as he gives a tour of Nepal Armed Police Force’s freshly minted training academy. A swanky sprawl complete with a helipad, swimming pool, football ground, shooting range, soundproof meeting rooms, giant auditoriums and elegant red brick buildings, the hilltop campus…

Revived ‘Quad’ Alliance Eggs on China’s Response
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Revived ‘Quad’ Alliance Eggs on China’s Response

China’s territorial assertiveness has rapidly revived the long-dormant Quadrilateral (Quad) alliance among major maritime powers India, Japan, Australia and the United States. A renewed sense of urgency among China’s strategic rivals is being driven partly by growing frustration with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) grouping’s inability to tame Beijing’s geopolitical ambitions through dialogue…

RAND Corporation Proves Link Between US Military and Hybrid War
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RAND Corporation Proves Link Between US Military and Hybrid War

As with mostly anything that comes out of a US government-funded “think tank”, the findings don’t directly pin the blame on America for destabilizing other countries but they come close enough in proving a clear link between the US military and Hybrid Wars, though of course without presenting this relationship in a negative light or…