The Implications of Russia’s New Weapon Systems

During the August 2008 Russo-Georgian War, the operations of Russia’s 58th Army were termed as “coercion into peace”. It is an appropriate term once one recalls what truly was at stake then. Russians did win that war and, indeed, coerced Georgia into a much more peaceful mood. In Clausewitzian terms the Russians achieved the main …

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“Arab Spring” on Saudi Arabia’s Doorstep

The “Arab spring”, which began with distant events in the small country of Tunisia, brought very different changes to a range of countries in the Middle East. If, for example, in Egypt it led to regime change, then in countries such as Syria and Iraq, it led to civil war, whose end is not yet …

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Your Guide to Dispelling Every Western Myth about China

From 1945 to the present day, the US and its close European allies have developed a geopolitical narrative which in the minds of its authors, offered a blueprint for international peace and prosperity. According to this narrative, confrontational multi-party democracy, a rejection of constitutional secularism, an internally de-regulated market, an adversarial press and geopolitical alliances …

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Djibouti is Dangerously Becoming a Trigger for Transregional Destabilization

The delicate balance of power in the Horn of Africa might soon be broken by the developing situation inside of Djibouti surrounding the future ownership of its main port, with the possible American-Emirati reaction to this potentially serving as a trigger for militarily activating the complex transregional alliance system that’s formed in this part of …

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and UK Prime Minister Theresa May (AFP)

Playing with Fire: Britain and Its Craven Support for Saudi’s bin Salman

For three bewildering days, London is getting a glimpse of what it will feel like to live in post-Brexit, or shrinking, Britain. In scenes similar to Pyongyang or Bishek, the Great Leader’s portrait has appeared on billboards all over the capital. Neo-liberals in the media had been duly primed and groomed to welcome his arrival. …

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Why Are US Troops Still in South Korea, Anyway?

For the past year, Donald Trump and his chief advisers have responded to North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program by warning that “everything is on the table”—including war. That is not true. Missing from the table is the one option that could avoid catastrophe: the drawdown and eventual withdrawal of the US military encirclement of North Korea. …

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Washington’s Moment of Truth for Korea Peace

US President Trump claims to be an imaginative deal-maker. We will soon see. His announcement this week that he is willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for direct talks is stunningly good news. The next few weeks will be make-or-break for a historic peace settlement to the decades-old Korean conflict. Washington’s next moves …

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All-Seeing Eye: Google Working with Pentagon on Using AI for Drone Improvement

Ubiquitous IT giant Google has silently inked a partnership with the Department of Defense to militarize artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, reinvigorating fears of a Terminator-style apocalyptic scenario. Google has been secretly working with the Pentagon in order to help its 1,100-strong fleet of drones to detect images, faces, and behavioral patterns, and plans …

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