Think that 2016 was a tough year for Saudi Arabia? Wait till you see 2017

Think that 2016 was a tough year for Saudi Arabia? Wait till you see 2017

By James M. Dorsey.     2016 was not a good year for Saudi Arabia. Sharply lower oil prices sparked a domestic financial crisis that is forcing the country to restructure its economy. Saud Arabia’s bitter struggle with Iran for [...]
An Alternative for Romania in the Era of Global Change: Open letter to President of the United States Donald Trump

An Alternative for Romania in the Era of Global Change: Open letter to President of the United States Donald Trump

By Sebastian Sarbu.   One does not have to be a politician, economist, or statistician in order to realize that, for the last two decades, Romania, as is the case with other Eastern European ex-socialist countries, is paying an enormous [...]
Russia: Enemy Of Western Democracy

Russia: Enemy Of Western Democracy

By Jon Kofas. There is a great deal of continuity in Russian history from the reign of Peter the Great until the present. There was clear discontinuity during the Bolshevik Revolution and the brief period when V. I. Lenin was in power, but [...]
Towards a New World Order in Eurasia? The Role of Russia and China

Towards a New World Order in Eurasia? The Role of Russia and China

By James M Dorsey.   Synopsis A new Russian-led, China-backed Eurasia-centred world order may be in the making against the backdrop of alleged Russian cyber warfare against the US and Europe. Analysts see a pattern in Russian moves that [...]
Conflict and Development

Conflict and Development

By Sebastian Sarbu.   “Don’t force it, get a bigger hammer.” (The law of violence) When classifying military conflicts, if we are to look beyond the balance of forces in the geopolitical and historical fields, no matter [...]
Trump’s Middle East: Back to the Future

Trump’s Middle East: Back to the Future

  By James M. Dorsey.   Synopsis President-elect Donald J. Trump’s clearest indication yet of his policy approach towards the Middle East and North Africa was tucked into a recent thank-you speech in Cincinnati. It is a transaction-based [...]
How real is CBRN/WMD threat from terrorist groups?

How real is CBRN/WMD threat from terrorist groups?

By Pramod Raj Sedhain.   Widespread global terrorism threat has become multidimensional in recent times. Conventional terrorism has been a nightmare scenario since they take control of the ground from various nations. Modern terrorist [...]
After the fall of Aleppo, what next?

After the fall of Aleppo, what next?

By Rick Francona.   The graphic above is a Reuters photograph with a caption from the Arab-language al-Jazeera network. The caption reads: Truce agreement and the evacuation of civilians and fighters from Aleppo. Syrian opposition [...]
Pakistan’s militants has been weakened, not defeated

Pakistan’s militants has been weakened, not defeated

By Pramod Raj Sedhain.       Pakistani military proactive operation in North Waziristan has gained a notable achievement for counter terrorism (CT) efforts. Militant groups have no longer been able to hold large swaths of territory [...]
How powerful is Al-Qaeda’s intelligence capability?

How powerful is Al-Qaeda’s intelligence capability?

  By Pramod Raj Sedhain.     In the 4th week of November, Al-Qaeda’s most dangerous Yemeni franchise al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released confession video of six men. The accused were executed on charges of locating [...]
Trump and the Palestinian State

Trump and the Palestinian State

By Fadi Elhusseini.     Trump’s victory was a real shock, not only for decision-makers in every single capital on this planet, but also to experts and observers who saw nothing but a landslide triumph for the democrats and Hilary [...]
It is wrong to say terrorism of the ISIS kind has ‘nothing’ to do with ‘religion’

It is wrong to say terrorism of the ISIS kind has ‘nothing’ to do with ‘religion’

By Alexander Athos.       Nazi Fanatic Joesph Goebbels (ideology is important) OBL’s brother in law, Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, an Imam an ostensibly ‘religious’ man who sees himself as a ‘good Muslim’ but advocating [...]
Darkness before the dawn?

Darkness before the dawn?

By John Bruni.   The fall of Aleppo & a Russian/Iranian role in a possible peace settlement for Syria The end seems nigh for rebels holed up in the divided and besieged Syrian city of Aleppo. Once known for its cultural and artistic [...]
Has Afghan government failed in its fight against Taliban?

Has Afghan government failed in its fight against Taliban?

  By Pramod Raj Sedhain.   Taliban insurgents have gained momentum in Afghanistan since the announcement of the “Operation Omari” on 12 April 2016. Full-scale offensive to capture multiple districts demonstrates Taliban’s growing [...]
ISIS: Turning the Corner or Turning Around?

ISIS: Turning the Corner or Turning Around?

By Anna Corsaro.   In these days, as Iraqi forces backed up by the US-led coalition are trying to break the last stand of ISIS resistance in the battle for Mosul, the world will witness the laying of a milestone in the war against the [...]
Comprehensive view on IS’s Khorasan province and future perspective

Comprehensive view on IS’s Khorasan province and future perspective

By Pramod Raj Sedhain.   After series of failed attempts to gain control of the ground and high-profile attacks, Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) has started carrying out horrific atrocity on civilians. Extreme violence over innocent [...]
Common Strategy US-EU On Information Warfare

Common Strategy US-EU On Information Warfare

  By Silviu Craescu.                                                                 Pentagon officials and defense analysts have a new topic to add to their list of post–Cold War concerns: information [...]
Russia’s Foothold in Iran: Why Tehran Changed Its Mind

Russia’s Foothold in Iran: Why Tehran Changed Its Mind

By Nikolay Kozhanov.   Perhaps Iran’s leaders would have suppressed popular indignation and Russian bombers would still be taking off from the Shahid Nojeh airfield now had it not been for Russian media playing up the prospect [...]
Why is London so Crap at Brexit?

Why is London so Crap at Brexit?

  By Julian French.     Why is London so crap at Brexit? In my 2015 book Little Britain: Twenty-First Century Strategy for a Middling European Power (which is of course brilliant and very reasonably-priced and can be bought [...]
George Soros Financed Anti-Trump Protests

George Soros Financed Anti-Trump Protests

  By Stephen Lendman.   Soros is one of the world’s most infamous figures, an international con man profiting from human misery, supporting color revolutions and wars to serve his interests. He menaces fundamental freedoms worldwide, [...]