Recent weeks have seen a significant military escalation on the border between Azerbaijan and Iran. With belligerent statements made by both sides, Iranian troops are being transferred to the border with their northern neighbor. Explaining the move, Brigadier-General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the Ground Forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said: “We … [Read more...] about Why is There Now a Crisis in Relations Between Azerbaijan and Iran?
Egypt, which has been steadily strengthening its role in the Arab world since the second half of the twentieth century, has uninterruptedly enhanced its authority on the international stage, and is now firmly in a noteworthy position. Recently, very important talks were held in Cairo between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. … [Read more...] about Egypt’s Growing International Renown is Undeniable
Whereas the QUAD and AUKUS aim to place the US at the centre of the Indo-Pacific region as a bulwark against China, these two different yet interconnected strands of US policies are unlikely to be accepted by the ASEAN. Specifically, these projects could overpower ASEAN, as well as neutralising the regional configuration’s own political ambitions as the centre of economic … [Read more...] about The US Indo-Pacific strategy displaces ASEAN
Lebanon’s current problems directly result from the absence of a strong state, as the country has relied on aid instead of building a solid economy. The UN estimates that 78% of the country’s population currently lives in poverty. Where warring factions have empowered and enriched their leaders, the state has consistently refused to provide the essential services and … [Read more...] about Lebanon’s Problems Are Only Getting Worse
On September 22, Mali celebrated its national holiday, Independence Day. In Bamako and other prominent localities, the inhabitants held festivities and rejoiced over the final liberation from the oppression of the Fifth Republic. Notably, on the same day, thousands of people held a large-scale anti-French rally in the capital, where Kémi Séba, Pan-Africanist political leader, … [Read more...] about Mali is Resolutely Withdrawing from under the “French Umbrella”
Another scandal involving the criminal activities of UN peacekeepers is unfolding in the Central African Republic. The Central Africans sent an open letter to the UN Security Council demanding the end of the multidimensional mission (MINUSCA) and peacekeepers’ withdrawal from the country. One of the reasons for the dissatisfaction of the citizens of the republic was another … [Read more...] about UN Peacekeepers Accused of Crimes Again
On 17th September 2021, Xinhua News Agency of the People’s Republic of China reported that on the previous day the country’s Minister of Commerce, Wang Wentao, had sent a formal request to join the regional alliance of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) during a teleconference with his New Zealand counterpart, Damien O’Connor. New … [Read more...] about China is Joining the CPTTP: What this Means for the Situation in the Indo-Pacific Region
As Libya’s first-ever presidential election is approaching on December 24, the situation in that country is becoming increasingly tense. On September 21, 89 members of Libya’s unicameral parliament passed a vote of no confidence in the Government of National Unity. However, Mohamed al-Raed, a member of the House of Representatives, later said that in his view, the vote of no … [Read more...] about Libya Amid External and Internal Challenges
After the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, Turkey intends to play a more important role in the country and cooperate with the Taliban. 2,000 Turkish soldiers have been part of the international military contingent within the ISAF mission in Afghanistan since the beginning. From June 2002 to August 2005, Turkish commanders were responsible for the mission, in which … [Read more...] about Afghanistan and Erdogan’s “Great Turan”
According to the Syrian news agency SANA, on September 19, US Air Force helicopters transported two new groups of militants to their base in Al-Shaddadah in Al-Hasakah Governorate, northeastern Syria, for retraining. There were about 60 people in total who had previously fought in the ranks of the terrorist group ISIS (banned in the Russian Federation). These militants were … [Read more...] about Washington’s Assembly Line for Retraining Soldiers in Syria Isn’t Stopping
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov strictly adheres to the policy of his predecessor, Saparmurat Niyazov. The present leader of the country, who bears the official title of Arkadag, translated as patron from the Turkmen language, does his best to ensure that the state entrusted to him remains permanently neutral. The policy of neutrality has led Turkmenistan to … [Read more...] about Why is the TAPI Gas Pipeline So Important to Turkmenistan?
The Indo-Pacific (IP) as a whole and its subregions are becoming increasingly militarized. As always, military demonstrations are designed to bolster diplomatic activity of individual players. These include, first of all, the two leading world powers – the United States and China, whose military and demonstration activity is constantly increasing at sea and in the air. … [Read more...] about India, France and Britain Join a Military Exercise in the Indo-Pacific Region
A high-level Lebanese government delegation held talks in Syria in an attempt to solve the severe fuel crisis that has paralyzed the entire country. This is the highest level of official visit since the civil war in Syria started, unleashed by the West and the Gulf monarchies, more than a decade ago. The Lebanese delegation, headed by caretaker Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime … [Read more...] about Lebanon on the Verge of a Possible Solution to the Ongoing Crisis
At the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), to be held on September 16-17 in Tajikistan, the official announcement of the procedure of Iran’s admission to its membership is expected. It will be an anniversary summit of the organization founded 20 years ago in 2001 by six states – The Shanghai Five (China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan), … [Read more...] about Why is Iran Joining the SCO?
An Ankara-initiated phone call on August 31 between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Crown Prince of Abu Dabi Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan drew the attention of the broad political establishment and raised questions about its possible implications for many countries in the Arab-Muslim world. First of all, does it signal an end to the Cold War affecting … [Read more...] about Has the “Cold War” between Turkey and the UAE Ended?
Uzbekistan has always been of interest to the United States because it is a “key state” bordering all countries in the region as Zbigniew Brzezinski put it in his book “The Grand Chessboard.” With the beginning of the “war on terror” in 2001, the USA leased a military base in Karshi Khanabad in Uzbekistan. However, relations between Tashkent and Washington have steadily … [Read more...] about Washington Makes a Key Bet in Central Asia on Uzbekistan
Recently, Ankara and Kyiv have actively sought to demonstrate to all their intentions to develop and deepen bilateral relations on various fronts. First of all, a certain anti-Russian vector is conspicuous, demonstrated in particular by the positions of both countries being close in not recognizing Crimea as Russian, which Turkish President Erdogan never misses a chance to … [Read more...] about Whom is Ankara and Kyiv Developing Cooperation Against?
As is well known, under the agreements reached at the Forum of the Libyan Political Dialogue in Tunisia, the first presidential election in the history of Libya will be held on December 24, 2021. However, so far, the development of the situation has followed a pattern similar to that of Afghanistan. There are many groups vying for influence, not necessarily ethnically based, … [Read more...] about What Keeps the Political Situation in Libya So Fragile?
It may only be a matter of time before the states of the Middle East, whose instability has been embodied by the West led by the United States, begin to feel the echoes of the Taliban’s rapid conquest of almost all of Afghanistan. The consequences of the Sunni Islamist triumph will not be lost on non-state actors and militant nationalists active in countries where the US still … [Read more...] about Iraq: Afghan Lessons and Reality
Ever since its inauguration, the Biden administration has not missed any opportunity to give vent to its institutionalised and bi-partisan supported anti-China global orientation. The US Vice President Kamala Harris’ recent visit to Southeast Asia yet again reinforced the narrative in more than one way. Although she said that the US (re)engagement with the region was not … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris Reveals Washington’s Desperation to Contain China
“Algeria has decided to sever diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Morocco as of August 24,” Algerian Foreign Minister Ramdan Lamamra told a news conference, accusing the neighboring kingdom of “hostile actions.” Although the termination of diplomatic relations has already taken effect, consulates in each country will nevertheless remain open, Ramtane Lamamra said. Algeria … [Read more...] about What is Behind Algeria’s Severance of Diplomatic Ties with Morocco?
The war in Yemen, now in its sixth year, remains an important element of the broader Middle East conflict, in particular the confrontation between Iran with the Shiite “Axis of Resistance” and the Saudi coalition, which is indirectly supported by the United States and Israel. This conflict has already created the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. According to the UN, … [Read more...] about Is the Devastating Six Year-long War in Yemen Likely to End?
Beijing now has a key opportunity to demonstrate the stark contrast between its brand of foreign policy and Washington’s through its own plan to aid in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. A Global Times piece titled, “China to offer ‘genuine’ aid in Afghanistan’s economic reconstruction amid chaotic transition,” in title alone infers that the US – despite occupying Afghanistan … [Read more...] about Afghanistan: Chinese Reconstruction vs. US Sanctions
At a time when Lebanon is facing a severe economic and political crisis, new border tensions between Hezbollah and Israel are, quite naturally, particularly undesirable for the country. But this week, both Israel and militants of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah attacked each other across the Israel–Lebanon border. It is unclear why each side decided to … [Read more...] about Lebanon: Trouble and Misery Keep On Piling Up
After its president, Kais Saied, ousted the prime minister, dissolved parliament for a month, and stripped deputies of their immunity, the situation in Tunisia remains a top story in the media landscape of the country and the region. These decisions were announced against the backdrop of public protests on July 25, as the population at large remains dissatisfied with the … [Read more...] about The Crisis, the Pandemic, and the Realities of Tunisia
Iraq is about to celebrate its centennial of statehood established on August 23, 1921, when Faisal I bin Al-Hussein, son of the Grand Sharif of Mecca, was proclaimed king of the newly artificially created kingdom. After World War I, Britain took the future king from the Hejaz (now a region in the west of Saudi Arabia). Faisal had been chosen by British colonial officials five … [Read more...] about Iraq: The Restless Centennial of Statehood
Since 2010, the Pentagon has covertly mapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan worth more than three trillion US dollars. Those resources were, until short hours ago, largely inaccessible. That is no longer the case. The Taliban (banned in Russia) had, over the past decade, written letter after letter to American diplomats and congressional leaders, offering to end the war but … [Read more...] about Why the Lie Machine is Grinding Afghanistan into Dust
Ibrahim Raisi, winner of the presidential election in the Islamic Republic of Iran this year, with his team, expects to increase cooperation with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the next few years. The Iranian leadership has long been attaching great importance to its dialogue with China and has done everything in its power to strengthen diplomatic relations between the … [Read more...] about How Beijing Helps Tehran
Within a much wider, global campaign to impede the rise of China, the United States has paid particular attention to fueling unrest in Southeast Asia, sabotaging ties between the region and China – the region’s largest and most important trade partner and investor, as well as a key partner in driving infrastructure and the modernization of regional militaries. Of the nations … [Read more...] about US Regime Change Creeps Forward in Myanmar
In the northern regions of China, the joint military exercises of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Armed Forces called West Interaction-2021 has started. About 13,000 servicemen and more than 400 pieces of military equipment are involved. The peculiarity of these military exercises is not just their scale but the decision of … [Read more...] about A Strengthening Brotherhood between the Armies of China and Russia
Popular unrest arising from religious differences has become increasingly commonplace in India over the last few decades. The proportion of Muslims in the country, which was recorded as 14.25% in the 2011 census, is increasing year by year, and the government, dominated by Hindus, is unwilling to face up to this reality. How long has this conflict between Hindus and Muslims in … [Read more...] about Religious Сonflicts in India – Past, Present and Future
The COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit have swept across Britain’s supermarket shelves like a hurricane, exacerbating the food poverty that afflicts millions of people in the country. Members of the Parliamentary Committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs consider that ecological problems may cause the situation to deteriorate even further. Back in March, it was … [Read more...] about Empty Supermarket Shelves in Britain – What Will the Consequences Be?
In the middle of June this year, Japan’s Ministry of Defense published an English-language digest of its 500-page White Paper on the Defense of Japan, which gives readers an overview of this major Asian power’s defense policy, both in terms of its current status and how it is developing. Among other functions, the whitepaper provides a conceptual basis for the Ministry of … [Read more...] about Japan’s Annual Defense Whitepaper, 2021 Edition
In response to Turkey’s recent policy in the Levant, criticism against Ankara’s actions is growing in the region. For example, at the end of July, the al-Nasr coalition in the Iraqi parliament called to end all Turkish interference in Iraq’s internal affairs, especially the Turkish military occupation and other forms of interference in politics, security, and economic … [Read more...] about The Turkish Factor in Syria and Iraq
Ever since Joe Biden’s inauguration as the US president, US-Turkey ties seem to have undergone a shift from a thorny and crisis-ridden path that characterized the Trump era to a relative period of calmness and cooperation. The calmness is apparent from a relative absence of exchange of critical statements between both leaders. Erdogan’s most recent eagerness to help the US … [Read more...] about Erdogan’s rocky-path to better ties with the US
The visit to Washington by King Abdullah of Jordan, the first Arab leader to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House, was widely seen as a strong indication of the solid and strategic partnership between Jordan and the United States. The Oval Office talks, which encompassed expanding the strategic partnership between Amman and Washington, regional and … [Read more...] about Jordan is Washington’s Middle East Favorite
One year ago, a huge explosion occurred in the port of Beirut, killing 217 people. On the anniversary of the tragedy, thousands of Lebanese took to the streets to commemorate the victims and express their discontent about what is happening. The Lebanese people demand that those responsible for the tragedy be punished. As noted by the American news channel CNBC, the Lebanese … [Read more...] about The Internal Crisis Continues to Tear Lebanon Apart
The US flight from Afghanistan could trigger another humanitarian crisis, Swedish Svenska Dagbladet writes. In Afghanistan, there is now a “bankruptcy” not only of American but also of European security policy, claims Klaus Geiger, head of the foreign policy department for Die Welt. Twenty years later, NATO countries are withdrawing their troops while the Taliban (an … [Read more...] about US Flight from Afghanistan Triggers Another Humanitarian Crisis
The last time I looked, Africa was not doing all that well. The world’s second-biggest continent is no better off than it was under European colonial rule. Some places are worse off, as the number of desperately poor in sub-Saharan Africa continues to rise. Meanwhile, the same outside forces act as pirates to steal the legacy of 1.2 billion people. And despite all the rumors … [Read more...] about It’s Time for Some New Light on the Dark Continent
A dangerous confrontation between the United States and China is building in the South China Sea. The cause of this confrontation is the island of Taiwan. The Americans have recently sold several hundred million dollars’ worth of military equipment to Taiwan. The sale, while significant, is unlikely to be sufficient to deter the Chinese should they opt for military action … [Read more...] about The United States Faces a Cataclysmic Prospect in the South China Sea
The recent actions of Tunisian President Kais Saied have grabbed the world’s attention and can only be compared with the Arab Spring, the cradle of which the North African country was ten years ago. The nonpartisan president Kais Saied, elected in 2019, showed a personal responsibility in the need to curb corruption and the political demagoguery of parliament. He fired top … [Read more...] about Events in Tunisia Capture the World’s Attention
Against the background of the frank failure of US policy, not only in Afghanistan but also in Iraq and Syria, as well as the decline in activity and authority of the European Union in the region, the course taken by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to create a broad coalition of pro-Turkish forces in Asia has become increasingly apparent in recent years. The Turkish … [Read more...] about Erdogan Pursues a Broad Coalition in Asia
There’s been a lot of complaints lately about America’s continued activity in the field of biological weapons development, as there’s a growing list of reasons for those complaints to appear. One of the primary ones is the ongoing activity of more than 400 military biological laboratories created by the United States in 25 countries, including former Soviet republics – Armenia, … [Read more...] about What Viruses are Being Studied by US Military Bio-Laboratories in Kazakhstan?
2021 will mark the centenary of Russia’s diplomatic relations with Mongolia. How have links between these two countries developed over the past century? And what is the present status of the partnership between the two nations? What future is there for cooperation between Russia and Mongolia? For many centuries, Mongolia was part of China. In the first half of 1921 Mongolia, … [Read more...] about How Strong are Russia’s Ties with Mongolia?
Protests have spread from Hong Kong, to Thailand, and now to Myanmar and Malaysia. They began long before the COVID-19 crisis began, but the driving forces behind them are cynically taking advantage of the current crisis to draw more people out into what were otherwise unpopular, artificial opposition movements. The protest leaders in each respective nation openly reference … [Read more...] about US-led Information War Targets Southeast Asia (and China)
Amid the pause in DPRK-US relations ( https://ru.journal-neo.org/2021/07/14/kndr-i-ssha-letom-2021-g/) and Kim Yo-jong’s June statement about Washington’s misguided expectations, there seemed to be no bright spots in inter-Korean relations before the end of the year. But the author was wrong: On July 27, 2021, South and North Korea reopened the communication hotlines that were … [Read more...] about Analyzing the restoration of inter-Korean lines of communication
Confronting intelligence and special operations have never been a one-way game. Sooner or later, the opponents begin to play on an equal footing because no one likes a “weakling” anywhere, especially in the Middle East. It should be noted that, according to many experts, three intelligence agencies that may have been involved in several events in Iran have been particularly … [Read more...] about Tehran Scores Points against the Mossad
Fearing increasing instability and the risk of widespread civil war in Afghanistan, many countries have recently been working to fill the vacuum created by the US withdrawal from that South Asian country. Thus, regional powers Turkey and Iran actively seek to strengthen their influence. In particular, Turkey, in line with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s expansionist policy, … [Read more...] about On China’s Role in Afghanistan
The symptoms are increasingly clear that the United States is losing its ability to be a game changer in world events. It is equally clear that they neither accept nor even necessarily recognize the decline in their status. Some recent examples illustrate the point. Prior to his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Geneva, the United States president Joseph Biden … [Read more...] about A Changing World Order Confronts the United States
When the US president Joe Biden decided to withdraw the US forces from Afghanistan and delivered his ‘victory speech’, he didn’t sound like a winning commander-in-chief of the world’s supposedly most powerful military force, especially the one that failed to defeat the Taliban (banned in Russia) even after 20 years of war. America’s self-perceived and self-nurtured sense of … [Read more...] about Biden’s New War in Afghanistan