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Pakistan and Central Asia greet 2012 in a stark landscape minus U.S. strategic dominance

Pakistan and Central Asia greet 2012 in a stark landscape minus U.S. strategic dominance

Gregory Copley, Global Information System By the start of 2012,  the U.S. had seen a precipitous decline in its real strategic dominance of the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf, and in its ability to reach and influence Central Asia. It had taken less than two decades for the U.S. to lose […]

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Re-thinking war-fighting doctrines after the failure of 'overwhelming wealth'

Re-thinking war-fighting doctrines after the failure of 'overwhelming wealth'

Gregory Copley and Yossef Bodansky, Global Information System Most strategic allies of the United States are waking up after the long Cold War and post-Cold War party with the realization that their efforts to integrate their military doctrine with that of the U.S. have led them to evolve force structures which require enormous capital investment […]

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Eight strategic factors bearing on 2012, the year of 'Great Power Impotence'

Gregory Copley and Yossef Bodansky, Global Information System Rarely in the past six decades has global context counted for as much in strategic forecasting trend analysis as it does at the dawn of 2012. Reliance on stove-piped analysis of strategic sectors such as economic and financial issues, security issues, politics, geopolitics, resources and energy, sociology […]

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It's only words: With Asian tour, Obama tries to change the subject

It's only words: With Asian tour, Obama tries to change the subject

By Sol W. Sanders The Obama Administration is trying to turn a historical page. The president’s current Pacific tour is promoted as “a return to Asia”, an acknowledgment of its rapidly growing economies, and, of course, recognition of China as a world power. History has a way of dictating its own terms, however. [When asked […]

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Insurgency-sponsor Iran gets a taste of its own medicine and doesn't like it

Insurgency-sponsor Iran gets a taste of its own medicine and doesn't like it

By Fariborz Saremi Iran, which has often employed proxies such as Hizbullah in Lebanon and the Asaib A Haq (League of Righteous) in Iraq to expand its sphere of influence, now finds itself the victim of this form of warfare. Tehran is being forced to fight several low-level insurgencies in its border regions which, Tehran claims, […]

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Administration split over intel on Pakistan ties to Haqqani Network

Administration split over intel on Pakistan ties to Haqqani Network

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com The Obama administration is sharply divided over U.S. policy toward Pakistan with a faction emerging that wants to sharply curtail U.S. drone strokes as a way to coax Pakistan into greater anti-terrorism cooperation. A second faction led by outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary […]

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New York City, 10 years later: Pessimism has been vanquished, terrorism has not

New York City, 10 years later: Pessimism has been vanquished, terrorism has not

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — On a picture perfect September day in 2001, the Grim Reaper visited New York to spread carnage and to shock and stun the very foundations of American society. Passenger aircraft, hijacked by Al Qaida terrorists, slammed into the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in […]

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Ten years on: Terrorists count on their enemies' dedication to … the comfortable life

Ten years on: Terrorists count on their enemies' dedication to … the comfortable life

Most accounts of Al Qaeda focus on the intellectual influence of the twentieth century thinker and critic of the West, Sayyid Qutb. Sayyid Qutb  That influence was real. But the deeper story the leaders of Al Qaeda told in 1989, without which 9/11 is unintelligible, had less to do with Qutb and hatred of the […]

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Ten years later, does the U.S. have what it takes for the war on terror?

Ten years later, does the U.S. have what it takes for the war on terror?

By Ed Koch  In his address to Congress after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said it was “a date which will live in infamy.” Nine-Eleven is likewise a date that will live in infamy. The war with Japan lasted almost four years. The war that began on […]

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Unthinkable horror: The targeting of children in 21st century warfare

Unthinkable horror: The targeting of children in 21st century warfare

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Some of the saddest collateral damage resulting from a score of civil conflicts worldwide remains the tragedy that children are caught in the crossfire or even worse, are specifically targeted by the combatants.  Ongoing armed conflict in places ranging from Afghanistan to Libya, and Pakistan to the Philippines […]