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Spain’s Two Answers to Congressman Pitts

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On the 16th of April, the USS Florida was steaming out of the Royal Navy’s facilities in Gibraltar after a short port call. In the brief period between the Florida’s departure from the dock and her entry into the international waters of the Strait of Gibraltar, the Navy ship was twice harassed by Spanish vessels: […]

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Victory Day: A Window into Russia

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Yesterday was Victory Day in Russia, one of the most important celebrations in that country’s calendar. It marked the official end of the Second World War for the Soviet Union, the day the Nazi serpent was finally crushed under the iron boot of the gallant Red Army and the articles of surrender were signed in […]

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Speculating on Russia’s Syria Drawdown

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced today that his country would begin to withdraw its forces from Syria. Citing the serious degradation of “ISIS forces” and Russia’s interest in contributing to the ceasefire, Mr. Putin determined that the objectives of the intervention had been met. The withdrawal would not include forces protecting the Russian bases at […]

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Extend-and-Pretend Comes to the Refugee Crisis

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When politicos start using the word “game-changing” to refer to a negotiation, you can be sure that some truly heinous is going to come out of it, usually in the fine print. This is true of the Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic trade pacts being negotiated, and it is equally true of the deal brokered in Ankara […]

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Evolution of Coalition Air Operations and the Sunni “Endgame” in Syria, Iraq

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As I pointed out in early December, changes to the balance of forces in Syria and Iraq have been forcing together the disparate and fractious elements of the “informal Sunni coalition,” nominally led by Saudi Arabia. These actors have had little in common except an extreme wariness of Persian power and influence west of the […]

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The Rights and Wrongs of Russia

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“Can NATO deter Russia?”[1] “Can NATO face up to Russia task?”[2] “Stop Putin’s Next Invasion Before it Starts,”[3] and “Putin Wants to Destroy NATO.”[4] Those are the headlines that appear in the Western press and foreign policy literature. It seems a legitimate question: Russia went to war with Georgia in 2008, annexed Crimea and supported […]

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Syria is the New Spanish Civil War

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The Syrian Civil War, the fight against the Islamic State, the anarchy in Yemen, terrorist bombings in Lebanon and Kuwait, the renewal of hostilities between Turkish authorities and the PKK: these events cannot be viewed in isolation. Although each has its own unique and specific causes, actors and circumstances, they all must be viewed through […]

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Ceuta to Moscow: “Send More Russians” by Alex Calvo

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Ceuta Port Authority reports 50 Russian ships docked in the city in 2010-2014 Alex Calvo is an expert on defense and security in the Indian-Pacific Ocean Region. He tweets at Alex__Calvo and his work can be found here. The article is reprinted with permission of the author. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author […]

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Evolution of Islamic State Objectives and Operations

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Recent changes in the balance of power in the Syrian battlespace has possibly led to a change in strategic focus by the Islamic State. These changes are vital to understand in order to evaluate the potential impact both on the outcome of the civil war as well as the broader implications for the entire Arab […]

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The New Entente Cordiale: Russia’s Dangerous Idea

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The Paris terrorist attack and the French “declaration of war”[1] against the Islamic State has been ably exploited by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the immediate aftermath of the slaughter in the French capital, the Kremlin finally acknowledged what was long known to Western intelligence agencies: the Metrojet flight from Sharm el Sheik was destroyed […]

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