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Turkey may be changing its Islamic State strategy – Analysis
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Turkey may be changing its Islamic State strategy – Analysis

v Writing for Al-Monitor, Taştekin said Turkish operations against ISIS inside Turkey and neighbouring Syria had failed to end criticism of its overall strategy, “which is still riddled with gaping holes.” However, an increasing number of domestic raids against ISIS throughout June suggest a change in Ankara’s approach towards the group, which, Taştekin said, “has...

Talking about ‘Strategic Stability’
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Talking about ‘Strategic Stability’

“Consistent with these goals, the United States and Russia will embark together on an integrated bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue in the near future…Through this dialogue, we hope to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures”   Biden-Putin Joint Statement June 16, 2021 By Frank Miller* It is undoubtedly satisfying to some that Presidents...

Who will get bogged down in the ‘graveyard of empires’ next?
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Who will get bogged down in the ‘graveyard of empires’ next?

U.S. President Joe Biden announced that America’s military mission to Afghanistan will end on August 31. His administration refuses to accept the prevalent view that the U.S pull-out from Afghanistan will spark a “Saigon moment.” By Abdullah Muradoğlu* When the United States withdrew from Vietnam in 1973, Northern forces continued to advance in the South....

An American force structure for the 21st century
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An American force structure for the 21st century

The United States is unprepared for its current strategic challenges. Since the end of the Cold War, no nation could seriously threaten the territorial or political integrity of America or its allies. But that has changed, and U.S. policymakers now consider the United States to be engaged in strategic competition with the People’s Republic of China, which...

Why both Russians and Americans got nowhere in Afghanistan
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Why both Russians and Americans got nowhere in Afghanistan

Both stepped into the country with too little forethought, too much arrogance and confidence and knew from the start that they couldn’t stay. By Leonid Bershidsky – Bloomberg Opinion The story of two superpower invasions of Afghanistan is all about the similarities that end up erasing the undeniable differences. As the Soviet Union prepared to...

Why Iran is actively backing the Taliban for the first time
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Why Iran is actively backing the Taliban for the first time

Iran’s clerical Shiite regime has seemingly overturned its long-held hostility to the Taliban, and may be readying itself to welcome the “enemies of America” as Kabul’s new masters. Analysis by Hamed Mohammadi There can be no doubt the situation in Afghanistan is critical. As U.S. and allied troops depart, the Taliban are exploiting the Kabul government’s weakness...

As American forces leave Afghanistan, Russia may find itself squaring off with the Taliban in defence of its Central Asian allies
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As American forces leave Afghanistan, Russia may find itself squaring off with the Taliban in defence of its Central Asian allies

After war in the Caucasus and unrest in Belarus, Moscow might see Tajikistan’s growing border crisis as just another conflict on its doorstep. But the presence of the Taliban may well cement Russia’s role in regional security. By Paul Robinson* Just over 22 years ago, on 15 February 1989, the last few troops of the “Limited Contingent...

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