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Russia Warns Ukraine: Transdniestria Border Developments "Extremely Disturbing"

Posted by Eli Gilman
October 1, 2014 - 3:55pm

By John R. Haines

It is worth taking note of an article in today's ITAR-TASS[1] in which Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin warned that Russia "will not allow a repeat of the Ukrainian scenario in Transdniestria."  He cautioned unspecified "others" that they "should have no illusions as to whether Russia will defend its citizens," and not "to try Russia's patience or... Read more... Tags: Russia, Transdniestria, Ukraine

Hungary's "New Truth"

Posted by Eli Gilman
September 30, 2014 - 9:51am

By John R. Haines

In the September 2014 E-Note "Hungary: Going in the Wrong Direction?" I referenced Jobbik's sponsorship of an October 2014 "Identitarian Congress"[1] in Budapest organized by a United States-based white supremacist organization, the National Policy Institute.

On... Read more... Tags: Hungary, Viktor Orbán, VERITAS

“Why Don’t We Go After Assad in Syria First?” – Thoughts on Countering ISIS Part 4

Posted by Clint Watts
September 29, 2014 - 8:53am

(Editor's Note: This blog post is derived from Clint Watts' ... Read more... Tags: ISIS Syria Assad

Contested Border: China, India, and the Asian Century

Posted by Felix K. Chang
September 24, 2014 - 7:14am

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s three-day visit to India last week was supposed to have breathed new life into ties between Asia’s two giants, China and India.  It was the first visit to India by a Chinese president in eight years.  Many hoped it would reboot what was once heralded as the “Asian Century.”  Implicit in that hope was the belief that good relations between the two countries would have to develop to realize the potential of such a century.  On that score, Xi assured his host,... Read more... Tags: China, India, Asian Century, Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maritime Silk Road, New Silk Road

Seven Flaws In the U.S. Strategy to Counter ISIS

Posted by Clint Watts
September 18, 2014 - 9:36am

(Editor's Note: This blog post is derived from Clint Watts' Ginsburg Lecture delivered at the National Liberty Museum on September 16, 2014.)

The past week’s debate on how to counter ISIS has proven just how effective terrorism is as a tactic for extremist groups.  Two videos showing the beheading of American hostages have provoked the largest U.S. response since the attacks of 9/11,... Read more... Tags: U.S. Strategy, Counterterrorism, ISIS, iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, foreign fighters