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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Women in Barg-i-Matal village, Barg-i-Matal District, Nuristan Province cross a bridge over the Katigal River in July 2009.

Uzra: A Mother’s Final Stand In Nuristan

In August, I published an article at SOFREP.com which detailed the heroic actions of a woman in Barg-i-Matal District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. Uzra, a mother of a young child, lived in a village named Pachigram in northern Barg-i-Matal District. On August 1, 2014 Pachigram came under a massive attack by insurgents. Members of Uzra’s family were […]

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South Ossetia: Following Abkhazia Towards Russia?

As part of the fracture points series, I submitted articles over the past year on several strategic points of contention between a resurgent Russia and the West (the United States, its allies, and the European community). The article below was posted at Sofrep.com. (You can find the original article at Sofrep.com, here, posted December 30, 2014) As the situation […]

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Xinjiang and the Geopolitics of an Insurrection

I have written several articles on Xinjiang Province in China. In each, I have examined the province’s intensifying Uighur separatist campaign and the region’s importance. The article below was posted at Sofrep.com. (You can find the original article, posted at Sofrep.com, here at Sofrep.com, August 10, 2014). Development and security in Xinjiang are pivotal issues for China, especially in the context of […]

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Russia and the West: Fracture Points (South Ossetia)

As part of the fracture points series, I submitted articles over the past year on several strategic points of contention between a resurgent Russia and the West (the United States, its allies, and the European community). The article below was posted at Sofrep.com. (You can find the original article here) As the situation in the Caucasus has intensified […]

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Fracture Points: Moldova (Transnistria)

In an effort to re-assert influence over the post-Soviet space and its near abroad, Russia has escalated tensions in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, implementing policies that intervene through clandestine means. Russian interference strategy has included introducing effective intelligence support, military personnel and materiel, and reinforcement for insurgent political structures and opposition regimes […]

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An American mechanized infantry company commander works with French and Albanian platoon leaders to establish defensive positions during decisive action training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.

Multinational Partnership at the Company Level

Today, Foreign Intrigue is pleased to bring you an article by guest writer CPT Sam Rosenberg of the United States Army on military multinational partnership at the company level. Sam is a United States Army Infantry Officer and a Downing Scholar at Georgetown’s Security Studies Program where he is an M.A. candidate. Sam has held leadership positions […]

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Russia and the West: Fracture Points (Abkhazia)

In previous articles, I examined a series of points of strategic concern to policymakers both in Russia and in the West. As part of an ongoing effort to identify especially important geopolitical points of interest for Russian policymakers and strategists, I will be posting a series of articles with in-depth analysis on each location. In our first article, […]

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Voices from the Front: An Iraqi Army Officer’s Account of the Battle Against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)

Today, we’re pleased to present an exceptionally important article on the war against the Islamic State (IS) in Northern Iraq. Guest contributor CPT (P) Chris Mercado has conducted an interview with an Iraqi military officer active in the fight on the ground against IS. The duration of the interview lasted several hours.  The threat to Iraqi military fighting […]

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Transformers: Motorcycle Gangs and Extremism

Today, 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 […]

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