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Assad and the Russians turned their noses up at Raqqa operation

by Paul Iddon. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian backer were extremely dismissive towards the United States-backed operation that is removing Islamic State (ISIS) from the group’s de-facto Syrian capital city Raqqa. At first, in last April he mocked … Continue reading

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Is Cairo cosying up to Moscow?

by Paul Iddon Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s rise to power was not warmly welcomed by Washington. The ex-army chief had deposed his predecessor, Mohammad Morsi, in July 2013 leading to a series of bloody crackdowns during that summer. US … Continue reading

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Russia’s second faux drawdown from Syria

by Paul Iddon. On January 6, 2017 Moscow announced for the second time in less than a year that it is partially withdrawing its forces from Syria (the fist announcement was in March 2016). This time the Russians said their … Continue reading

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From Kalibr cruise missiles to the Kuznetsov: How significant is Russia’s power projection in Syria

On November 14, Russia lost a MiG-29K Fulcrum, which crashed while attempting to land on its only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov. The incident happened as the Kuznetsov was en route to Syria, where it is to participate in Russia’s … Continue reading

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The fatal problems with Donald Trump’s isolationist foreign policy

US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s sinister excuses for the atrocities of various dictators in the world has been one of his many alarming policy proposals and rhetoric over the course of his presidential campaign. However his aversion to long established … Continue reading

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Pro & Contra “Intermarium” – eigene Sicherheitsallianz der Osteuropäer

von Björn Müller (Facebook / Twitter). Er ist Journalist in Berlin mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheits- und Geopolitik. Wenn es um mehr Sicherheit und Stabilität in ihrer Region geht, blicken die osteuropäischen Staaten vor allem auf die NATO und die EU. … Continue reading

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Das NATO-Gipfeltreffen in Warschau – Das Experteninterview

Anfangs Juli trafen sich die Mitgliedsstaaten der NATO zum biannualen Gipfeltreffen – dieses Mal in Warschau. Vor gut einer Woche haben wir eine ausführliche Zusammenfassung von Patrick Truffer veröffentlicht. Ausserdem hat Tilman Asmus Fischer, er studierte Geschichte und Kulturwissenschaft an … Continue reading

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Pressure over its poor human rights record drives Egypt to diversify military

Since coming to power in July 2013 the military-backed regime in Cairo knows it needs to diversify its military, lest it become susceptible to pressure from the outside to amend its policies. This salient reality may be brought home to … Continue reading

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Raketenschutzschild der NATO im Osten: Putins Ärger

von Oberst aD Gregor Anton Roos, ehemaliger Verteidigungsattaché in Wien, Belgrad und Prag. Radar, Rechner und Raketen der NATO auf dem Militärstützpunkt Deveselu bei Bukarest: Mitte Mai wurde im Beisein von NATO-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg in Rumänien ein neues Raketenabwehrsystem in … Continue reading

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Just how flexible are the America and Russia’s Middle East expeditions?

During Russia’s much publicized drawdown from Syria in mid-March (see Video below) Maria Dubovikova argued in Al Arabiya that Russia was “withdrawing [from Syria] in order to stay”. The apparent contradiction in that witty formulation echoes what a US officer … Continue reading

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