Central and West Asia

The Georgian dogs of August - or shmucks of our time

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Peace & Security
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Stupid leaders interpret words to satisfy their political desires. They miss vital nuances in dangerous international relations. On August 7, Mikheil Saakashvili ordered Georgia's armed forces to invade South Ossetia, a secessionist province bordering Russia. In so doing, he joined other heads of state who won dunce caps with disastrous decisions based on failure to understand the obvious. Ge... Read more

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Assessing the Georgian crisis

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The confrontation over South Ossetia represents a collision of US and Russian geopolitical logics which poses great dangers for regional and world peace, as well as to the wellbeing of the peoples of the world.... Read more

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Russia's Upside in the Georgia Conflict

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Fortunately, the Russia-Georgia war was short-lived, but its repercussions will be felt for longer. By defeating Georgia and showing that Washington was unable to defend its own ally, Russia humiliated the United States in front of the whole world.... Read more

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The US and Russia: the limits of a superpower

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The war between Russia and Georgia has shown the US that its power and influence in the region is limited, but it has also fed the Russian imperialist agenda in the Caucasus, writes Boris Kagarlitsky... Read more

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Victoria geopolítica para Rusia

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Middle East Conflict
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Peace & Security
Paz y Seguridad
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Como representante de la Unión Europea, el presidente de Francia, Nicolas Sarkozy, declaró al final de su ronda de negociaciones entre Georgia y Rusia que "no tenemos aún un acuerdo de paz, tenemos un cese provisional de las hostilidades, pero este es un progreso significativo". En efecto, los puntos pactados entre los dos gobiernos tienen que transformarse en un acuerdo que tendrá que ser... Read more

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Beyond “New Terrorism” – Local roots and the transnationalisation of ‘Islamist’ Violence

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Peace & Security
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April 10-12, 2008 Definition and Terminology The term “terrorism” is less than clearly defined, both academically and politically. It is emotionally charged and often used as a label to discredit one’s political enemies, instead as an analytical category. Former US President Ronald Reagan put this succinctly when he exclaimed that “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”. Joel B... Read more

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