U.S. “Peaceful” Interventions (II)

U.S. “Peaceful” Interventions (II)

Part I The more recent Strategy to Prevent Conflict and promote Stability (published in 2020) points to a change in the overall approach in the interventions the U.S. undertakes. “Rather than externally driven nation-building, the United States will support locally driven political solutions that align with United States’ national security interests. Rather than fragmented and…

U.S. “Peaceful” Interventions (I)

U.S. “Peaceful” Interventions (I)

In November 2022, the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (which already sounds like an oxymoron) released the Defense Support to Stabilization (DSS) Practice Guide: A Guide for Stabilization Practitioners. U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), November 2022.) This document sheds light on how the Pentagon interacts with other U.S. authorities and how the U.S. military…

Kazakhstan’s Security was Undermined by Outside Forces

Kazakhstan’s Security was Undermined by Outside Forces

Numerous publications that discuss the situation in Kazakhstan in recent days testify with increasing clarity that those events were sparked by outside forces. Doesn’t the terrorist assault with two law enforcement officers getting decapitated on January 6 in Almaty resemble the recent attacks of DAESH (banned in the Russian Federation) terrorists in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan? And…

The US Contracts Out Its Regime Change Operation in Nicaragua

The US Contracts Out Its Regime Change Operation in Nicaragua

An extraordinary leaked document gives a glimpse of the breadth and complexity of the US government’s plan to interfere in Nicaragua’s internal affairs up to and after its presidential election in 2021. The plan,[1] a 14-page extract from a much longer document, dates from March-April this year and sets the terms for a contract to…

AN INTRODUCTION: Smart Power & The Human Rights Industrial Complex

AN INTRODUCTION: Smart Power & The Human Rights Industrial Complex

Human rights and the West: does the reality live up to the rhetoric? On the surface, the cultural narrative seems innocent enough: billionaire philanthropists, political luminaries and transnational corporations, along with legions of staff and volunteers – all working together in the name of social justice, forging a better, fairer and more accountable world. The…