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Geopoliticus: Foreign Policy Think Tank Blog
By Ryan Evans
(Editor’s Note: The following remarks were delivered by Walter McDougall at an FPRI Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, October 13, 2014.)
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) rise began in the summer of 2013 but became fully evident this past spring. Ayman al-Zawahiri’s retaliatory plan to punish an indignant and unruly affiliate backfired. Open conflict between ISIS and al Qaeda’s lead arm in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, and their associated partners in the Islamic Front not only empowered ISIS in the eyes of global jihadi supporters but further diminished the allure of jihad’s original vanguard al... Read more... Tags: ISIS, al Qaeda, AQIM, AQAP, SCIY, al Murabitin, al Shabaab
Live in peace—prepare for war.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday proposed sending troops to serve as peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine's disputed Donbas region.... Read more... Tags: Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, Trilateral Contract Group, Ukraine, Donetsk, Peacekeepers