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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A Chechen fighter runs past a burnt Russian armoured personnel vehicle (BMP-2) during the battle for Grozny during the first Chechen war in 1995. Photo courtesy of Mikhail Evstafiev.

From Nationalism to Islamism: Separatism in Post-Soviet Chechnya (Part Two)

This is Part Two of a three-part series on the evolution of separatism in Chechnya in the post-Soviet era. You can find Part One here. Thank you for reading. Eric Jones Foreign Intrigue   The First Chechen War (1994-1996): Nationalism Erupts into War for Independence The first war between Chechnya and the Russian Federation was […]

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Geopolitcs of South Russia, according with the CIA facts books, (without arrows and red star) courtesy of Spiridon Ion Cepleanu and Wikimedia Commons.

Russia and Frozen Conflicts: Security and Strategy (Part Three)

Below is Part Three of this series on Russian security strategy in support of separatists in the conflict zones of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. In Part One, I introduced the overarching purpose of the series, an explanatory analysis of Russian support for separatism in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.  In Part Two, I examined the first of two […]

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Featured photo courtesy of NASA (2002).

Russia and Frozen Conflicts: Security and Strategy (Part Two)

In Part One of this three-part series, I introduced the issue of Russian support for separatism in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus as a strategy to combat perceived encirclement by Western-dominated European organizations, notably the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In Part Two, I examine one of two variables that will demonstrates […]

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Topographical map of Russia and Europe courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Russia and Frozen Conflicts: Security and Strategy (Part One)

Foreign Intrigue presents a three-part series on Russian support for separatism in the so-called ‘frozen conflicts’ of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. In this series, I will explain why the Russian strategy of support for separatist groups in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus serves Russian strategic security interests. This is not an argument piece, nor is […]

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An Afghan National Army Special Forces soldier with the 6th Special Operations Kandak speaks to Afghan National Army soldiers about recent activity in the area during an operation in Kabul province, Afghanistan, Jan. 7, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez/Released)

Afghanistan and Central Asia: A Collective Security Problem (Part Three)

Below is Part Three Foreign Intrigue’s three-part series examining Afghanistan’s future and the threat that instability in the country poses to the states of Central Asia. In the conclusion to the series, we analyze the role of the United States in Afghanistan’s fight against a resurgent anti-government insurgency. Finally, we explore a collective solution by […]

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