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On the Ukrainian Push, Russia’s Response, and Where to go From Here

On the Ukrainian Push, Russia’s Response, and Where to go From Here The Ukrainian Army has made dramatic strides in the last few weeks. Ukraine’s tactical commanders have outfoxed their Russian counterparts, and by issuing a feint towards the south the UA has been able to earn substantial gains in the north of their country. The impact of these efforts have been compounded by the steady stream […]

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Azerbaijan sues Armenia over the extensive destruction of natural areas in Karabakh

Azerbaijan sues Armenia over the extensive destruction of natural areas in Karabakh

It was recently reported in the Turkish media that Azerbaijan seeks to sue Armenia for violating the Bern Convention and causing “extensive destruction” to the environment during their 30-year occupation of Karabakh in violation of four UN Security Council Resolutions: “Armenia’s widespread deforestation, unsustainable logging and pollution through significant construction and mining in areas that […]

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Recent Developments in the Sino-Indian Border Dispute

Recent Developments in the Sino-Indian Border Dispute

Tensions between China and India are flaring once again over the long-contested border separating the world’s two largest militaries, the latest development of an ongoing dispute dating back over a century. A video circulating on social media captures Indian and Chinese troops engaged in melee combat, attacking one another with clubs and sticks, supposedly in […]

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Watch the Mountains

Watch the Mountains

Watch the Mountains The next year will remain mostly unpredictable as the War with Russia and resulting inflationary pressures create chaos in energy distribution and amplifies poor policy decisions in normally stable economies. The directed focus on Ukraine and the change in the power balance the conflict has surrounding Russia’s borders will likely result in […]

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Why Iran Supports Armenia

Why Iran Supports Armenia

The South Caucasus has historically been the focus of great empires. Since it is located on the border between Europe and Asia, the possession of these territories was the access of the empires to all parts of the Eurasian continent. For this reason, throughout history, the region has been continuously attacked by major powers. Unfortunately, […]

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Eroded Proportionality

Eroded Proportionality

The concept of Proportionality in Law and in the application of policy is a crucial measure that separates a fair and just system of rules and laws from one that functions to the benefit of a few powerful individuals. The determination of what is considered proportional can range from a directed policy in the application […]

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Azerbaijani academic: Iran was ruled by Azerbaijani Turkic dynasties since antiquity

Azerbaijani academic: Iran was ruled by Azerbaijani Turkic dynasties since antiquity

For over a thousand years, Turkic tribes have lived in what today is Iran.   The Seljuk Turkish Empire also used to control areas of Iran.   Ertugal Bey, the son of Suleyman Shah, the leader of the Turkic Kayi tribe and the father of Osman I, a predecessor of the Ottoman Turks, are recorded in the […]

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Global Conflict Update: Unrest in Ecuador

Global Conflict Update: Unrest in Ecuador

In the South American country of Ecuador, indigenous groups have clashed with the government over fiscal issues and environmental protections for years. In 2019, protests broke out against then-President Lenin Moreno’s decision to cut oil subsidies. The government implemented this measure, amongst others, in order to reduce an increasing fiscal deficit. However, ending the subsidies […]

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Somalia’s Vigilante To Eradicate al-Shabaab

Somalia’s Vigilante To Eradicate al-Shabaab

In a country that is never short of hot button issues, lately the Ma’wisley issue has been stirring the strongest emotions and widely broadening the political division among the Somali people since 1991. Within the past few months, al-Shabaab has committed bold terrorist attacks utilizing explosives and targeted massacres in Hirshabelle, Galmudug, and South West […]

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The Era of Shame

The Era of Shame

In a discussion I had with a local Government official, I was shocked to see how many Constitutional rights she was justifying breaking against refugees coming to my country from Ukraine. As someone who has close ties to this group from the past, I am well aware of what fair, good faith treatment of refugees […]

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Azerbaijan hosts international mine clearance conference

Azerbaijan hosts international mine clearance conference

According to the Azerbaijani government, a landmine field was recently found in Sarybaba with about 350 landmines planted in the area.  It was reported that despite repeated calls for accurate landmine maps, Armenia has not taken any practical steps in this regard.   After the Second Karabakh War, hundreds of civilians were killed or severely injured […]

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Predicting Future Policy Consequences

Predicting Future Policy Consequences

The analysis of current policy approaches becomes essential when you consider that you are trying to predict future actions in order to achieve a future successful result. Failure in recent policy approaches over the last few years is often a combination of divided interests, poor intelligence and information, and moral blindness. While interests of a […]

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Global Conflict Update: Burkina Faso’s Most Recent Coup

Global Conflict Update: Burkina Faso’s Most Recent Coup

On September 30, Burkina Faso experienced its second military coup in approximately eight months. Captain Ibrahim Traore, Burkina Faso’s new 34 year-old military leader, seized control from Paul Henri-Damiba. Traore claims Damiba, who only rose to power in January of 2022, failed to contain violence from rebel fighters tormenting the country. Traore capitalized on the […]

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The Divisive Vote: Elections in the Americas

The Divisive Vote: Elections in the Americas

It was shocking to see what had occurred in a local election in a city in my country. A grassroots candidate won because the sitting government representative took to marginalizing certain groups and dividing the community over the last few years. This was done in order to garner majority political support for his chosen candidate. […]

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The Terror Weapon

The Terror Weapon

NATO and Western countries have spent much of the year supplying Ukraine with systems that would defend attacks from advanced Russian systems while slowly integrating offensive systems into the mix. The offensive systems given to Ukraine by NATO and Western allies were often tactical, allowing Ukraine to target key Russian military infrastructure so that the […]

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Sun Tzu’s Seven Searching Questions- Revisited

Sun Tzu’s Seven Searching Questions- Revisited

  A few months ago, I wrote about the early stages of the conflict in Ukraine through the lens of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. While it appears likely that the war will carry on into the foreseeable future, enough time has passed for us to make an honest assessment of each side’s relative […]

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