CENTRAL ASIA AT A CROSSROADS: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

OVERWATCH: FOREIGN INTRIGUE PODCAST

The Foreign Intrigue Podcast is the product of an effort to expand the analytical content of Foreign Intrigue writers into commentary. At its nexus, ‘Overwatch’ has as its mission the highlighting of the more opinion-based internet offerings.

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CENTRAL ASIA AT A CROSSROADS: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

CENTRAL ASIA AT A CROSSROADS: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

Central Asia is once again emerging as an important crossroads in a geopolitical competition between great and rising powers, notably China, Russia and the United States. In the years following the US military invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, the states of Central Asia have moved from being tangential and ancillary pieces in US national security strategy as it prosecuted its so-called war on terror to being important partners for several great and rising powers.

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TRANSFORMERS: MOTORCYCLE GANGS AND EXTREMISM

TRANSFORMERS: MOTORCYCLE GANGS AND EXTREMISM

We here at Foreign Intrigue are very pleased to present an exceptional article by Alexandra Jones on extremism and motorcycle gangs. Alexandra has been a strategic crime analyst with the police in The Hague, The Netherlands for the past eight years. Her main interest is in criminal street gangs, network analysis, and threat assessments. She has worked organized crime, homicide, and political extremism.

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New Content Coming at Foreign Intrigue

Today, we’re pleased to preview some new content coming to Foreign Intrigue. Over the course of the last few years, we’ve been heartened by the response to our articles by both readers and prospective writers.  We have worked to expand the type of content we offer here at the site based largely on the response […]

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Overwatch: the Foreign Intrigue Podcast, Episode 2 (United States Presidential Candidates and Foreign Policy)

Episode 2: United States Presidential Candidates and Foreign Policy In the follow-up episode to Episode One of the Overwatch Podcast, guest contributor Chris Masiello once again joins Foreign Intrigue Managing Editor and Senior Writer Eric Jones for an in-depth discussion on the foreign policy visions of the major candidates running for their respective party’s nomination […]

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Central Asia at a Crossroads: Introduction and Overview

Central Asia is once again emerging as an important crossroads in a geopolitical competition between great and rising powers, notably China, Russia and the United States. In the years following the US military invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, the states of Central Asia have moved from being tangential and ancillary pieces in US national […]

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Members of the Kyrgyz military discuss training techniques during a joint military training exchange, Nov. 19, 2013, at Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. EOD members are trained to handle live explosives every day, as well as detect, identify, render safe, recover and dispose of explosives and ordnance to include conventional military munitions and terrorist homemade items. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman George Goslin) November 19, 2013.

Kyrgyz Security Forces Conduct Raids Targeting Islamist Militants, Bishkek Protests U.S. Human Rights Award for Dissident

On July 16, the government of Kyrgyzstan reported that security forces had killed several militants in two separate raids conducted in Bishkek and a town just outside of the capital called Lebedinovka. According to Bruce Pannier of RFE/RL, when raided by forces under the command of Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security (UKMK), the militants […]

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Afghan National Army Command Sgt. Maj. Safi Kefayatullah, center, the senior enlisted adviser to the commander of the 205th Corps, looks through a sight on a D-30 122 mm towed howitzer while visiting with soldiers before a live field artillery demonstration at Forward Operating Base Wolverine in Zabul province, Afghanistan, April 6, 2013. Photo courtesy of  the United States Department of Defense.

Northern Afghanistan: An Insurgency Grows

As the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies pursue a timeline for withdrawal for their forces in Afghanistan, fighting in the northern provinces has increased exponentially throughout the first half of 2015. In particular, fighting has been especially fierce in Badghis, Faryab, Balkh, Kunduz, and Badakhshan. These provinces all share borders with Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, three […]

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Conversation With Voice of America: Intensifying Conflict in Northern Afghanistan, the Rise of ISIS, and Consequences for Central Asia

On July 7, 2015 I was asked to participate in a lengthy discussion with Voice of America journalist Odil Ruzaliyev regarding the escalating violence in Northern Afghanistan, potential spillover into Central Asia, and the impact of the rise of ISIS on regional security. The interview was posted to Voice of America’s Uzbek Service (in Uzbek) and was […]

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Commentary (Guest Submission): Pump the Brakes on United States Intervention in the Middle East

Today Foreign Intrigue is pleased to present an opinion piece by a guest contributor. Chris Masiello has submitted an article on the role of the United States in the dynamic geopolitical conflict currently engulfing large portions of the Middle East. Chris spent four years as an enlisted soldier in the United States Army, deploying to Iraq for 15 months in 2008-09 as an […]

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