Latvia’s War on Soviet-Era WWII Monuments Ruins the West’s Reputation

Latvia’s War on Soviet-Era WWII Monuments Ruins the West’s Reputation

The Hybrid War on historical memory in this tiny Baltic State of a little less than two million people is of outsized significance in terms of the evolving ideological dimensions of the New Cold War. The US-led West is officially proud of having played a major role in the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany…

What is Preventing the Conflict between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan from Escalating?

What is Preventing the Conflict between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan from Escalating?

Conflicts between Tajik and Kyrgyz border guards frequently break on the border between the two nations, and civilians living in nearby settlements end up suffering as a result. The main reason for the conflicts is the fact that in certain regions the border is not clearly defined, making it impossible to determine where one nation’s…

The American Stick Was Left Without a Carrot

The American Stick Was Left Without a Carrot

The United States has the ability to pursue broad measures to exert pressure on other countries, not only through bilateral relations, but also through controlled international organisations such as the IMF and the World Bank. Although this violates international law, it has become commonplace for practitioners of preventive diplomacy, that is, threats of subsequent punishment that…

Live-Action Role Play in Ukraine

Live-Action Role Play in Ukraine

It was — literally — a made-for-television moment. A former U.S. Navy chief petty officer turned cable news pundit, dressed in a fresh out-of-the-box camouflage uniform replete with body armor and magazine pouches, wearing matching camouflage helmet and gloves, and cradling an automatic rifle, stared into the camera and announced “I am here to help…

Would a Polish Military Intervention in Western Ukraine Really Lead to World War III?

Would a Polish Military Intervention in Western Ukraine Really Lead to World War III?

So long as NATO and Russia don’t clash in their respective “spheres of influence” in the former Ukraine just like Russia, Turkey, and the US thus far haven’t in their own such “spheres” in Syria, the conflict could potentially become frozen and therefore actually stabilize to the benefit of the locals caught in the crosshairs…

Russian-Pakistani Energy Cooperation: Separating Fact From Fiction

Russian-Pakistani Energy Cooperation: Separating Fact From Fiction

Incumbent Pakistani Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan’s claims about his country’s energy cooperation with Russia contradict his predecessor Hammad Azhar’s. Quite clearly, only one of those two ministers is correct: either the incumbent one or his predecessor. In order to get to the bottom of figuring out which one it is, it’s important to share…