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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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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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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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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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The Information Conflict

The Information Conflict

  It has become very difficult to find reliable information on topics often essentially important in making life decisions. Many years ago there was a push to convert Opinion Editorials into the realm of mainstream news articles. This was done intentionally in order to raise interest in News as a form of media that would […]

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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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Changing the Game

Changing the Game

The recent conflict between Russia and Ukraine was taken by many Central and Eastern European countries as a sign of drastic change in a part of the world that had not experienced such a transformation in a generation. The annexation of Crimea was not met with much of a response beyond limited sanctions in 2014, […]

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The Strategic BRICS

The Strategic BRICS

Ukraine has started its advance in the Kherson region in order to reclaim as much territory as possible in the south of Ukraine before Russia attempts to permanently annex large sections of Ukraine’s Black Sea coast. Taking sections of the east of Ukraine would give Russia extra control of Ukraine’s significant agricultural exports. Control in […]

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“Food chain” of Russian “satellites”

“Food chain” of Russian “satellites”

  The “proxy paradox”, namely, the fact that the “Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics”, which for 8 years have been completely subsidized by the Russian Federation, enjoy broad military support and have “authority” totally dependent on the Kremlin, but so officially and not annexed to Russia, suggests that there is a complex and multi-level model […]

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The Export War

The Export War

Russia and Ukraine recently made an agreement so that grain exports would be able to leave ports in Southern Ukraine and make their way to destinations dependent on Ukrainian and Russian Agro exports. This brief agreement likely have more to do with other nations in Africa and Asia entering a grain crisis as opposed to […]

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No Peace in Our Time

No Peace in Our Time

It was recently revealed that billions of top of the line American weapons were abandoned in Afghanistan when Western forces hastily pulled out of the country in 2021. Adding to the shame of leaving many of their own citizens as well as Afghan allies and TERPS to be brutalised in Afghanistan, the billions in weapons […]

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The Passivists

The Passivists

Active Support for Ukraine has made history for the amount of funds and military equipment that has been given to Ukraine by NATO and other supportive nations. Sanctions against Russia has also made history for the level of restrictions and depth of sanctions against Russia’s Government and those tied to Putin himself. The donated advanced […]

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On the Importance of Messaging in Foreign Policy

On the Importance of Messaging in Foreign Policy

In his famous 19th century work Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that “… a democracy is unable to regulate the details of an important undertaking, to persevere in a design, and to work out its execution in the persistence of serious obstacles. It cannot combine its measures with secrecy, and it will not […]

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The Red Glare

The Red Glare

A peculiar occurrence happened recently where what looks to be a Russian BUK missile turned around after launch and impacted the area around its own launch vehicle. Speculation on how and why this occurred was painted by many narratives on the conflict. While it may be assumed that the missile or system may have been […]

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