Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

  1. A robust effort to figure out what’s going on


    October 16, 2016 by AK

    The Wall Street Journal reported on October 7: The organization WikiLeaks on Friday [Oct. 7] released what it claimed to be Clinton campaign email correspondence revealing excerpts from paid speeches that Hillary Clinton gave in recent years, before her presidential bid. As I understand, it was a collection of “flags” from HRC’s paid-for speeches before …
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  2. Reflexes vs. strategy


    February 9, 2016 by AK

    This piece by Natalie Nougayrède on the battle for Aleppo is peppered with the word “strategy” and its derivatives. According to Nougayrède, Putin had a strategy for Chechnya and is now applying it to Syria. Putin also has a strategy for regaining regional dominance in some parts of the world. We are also witnessing the …
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  3. Playing with fire in Hatay


    December 2, 2015 by AK

    The more I read about the history of Hatay, Turkey’s appendage-like province disputed by Syria, the more I am convinced that its status remains a sore point for Ankara. Also, Turkey’s military is in solidarity with Erdogan on the need to hold on to what they see as Turkish ethnic territory, which may extend beyond the …
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  4. Cheating by default


    November 25, 2015 by AK

    This detailed map by the BBC tells the story. When I first saw a map of the area, at The Guardian, I could almost hear the pilot saying: “I’m not going to change course – it’s only five kilometers, man – avos’ pronesyot.” Doing the Russian thing, taking shortcuts. The BBC’s map is more detailed …
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  5. What outcome would be perfect for Moscow?


    October 5, 2015 by AK

    I mostly agree with what Streetwise Professor has to say about Russia’s involvement in Syria but I propose a conspiracy-theoretical addendum. First, why did Russia consent to the nuclear deal with Iran despite the downward pressure it would exert on the oil price? Were there any rewards promised for its cooperation? Second, what is the Kremlin’s maximum set of …
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  6. Council of Europe Commissioner Muižnieks on immigration


    September 21, 2015 by AK

    Nils Muižnieks is the Council of Europe Commissioner of Human Rights. (The CoE is not a EU body; it includes all states at least partly located in Europe, except Belarus.) He has written extensively on Europe’s obligation to accommodate refugees from wars and conflicts, including the Syrian civil war most recently. To quote his June …
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