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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Google Project Link

Google’s Project Link brings Fiber to Uganda

Last month Google introduced Project Link , which aims to provide a fiber-optic network for internet access in Kampala, Uganda.  Google found the modern city of 1.6 million to be a perfect test bed due to its small businesses, hospitals and universities.  They found that Kampala’s current networks were unable to keep up with the city’s […]

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Women as the Way Forward: Yingluck Shinawatra

Thailand: A Political Crisis

On Monday, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra rejected calls for her resignation as the crisis in Thailand escalated after another day of protests in Bangkok. Yingluck was visibly upset as she addressed reporters amidst growing civil unrest in the capital, appealing for demonstrators to work within the electoral system to remedy the problems that catalyzed the […]

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Blue, Yellow, and Orange

On Sunday, protestors calling for new elections and the impeachment of the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych toppled the statue of of Russian Bolshevik icon Vladamir Lenin in central Ukraine. Pro-government rallies in the capital, decidedly smaller, called for closer ties with the Russian government. 

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Hezbollah Commander Killed

On Wednesday, gunmen assassinated Hezbollah military commander Hassan al-Laqqis near his home in Hadath, south of the Lebanese capital of Beirut. It’s a curious attack on a senior Hezbollah leader particularly when analyzed in the wake of sectarian violence in Lebanon in recent months. Among the escalations in the conflict raging between rival Sunni and […]

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Boko Haram

The Nigerian Taliban: Boko Haram

On Monday, December 2, hundreds of militants under the banner of the militant insurgent group Boko Haram attacked a Nigerian military airbase in the northeastern city of Maduguri. In addition, hundreds of militants attacked Nigerian Army positions throughout Borno State. The attacks caused widespread carnage and damage, resulting in the Nigerian government instituting a 24-hour […]

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Up In The Air

Last week, in a series of incidents overshadowed by the aftermath of the deal brokered on the Iranian nuclear weapons program, tensions spiked in the air above a disputed collection of islets in the East China Sea.  On Saturday, November 23, China declared an Air Defense Identification Zone in the air space above the islands […]

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The location of the spot where police officers Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamte, Vijay Salaskar were gunned down by terrorists during the 26 November 2008 Mumbai attacks

Tukaram Omble

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the final day of the attacks in Mumbai, India by the Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).  On November 26, 2008, a group of well-trained fighters under the banner of LeT carried out a daring, well-planned, and elaborate attack targeting the Indian port city of Mumbai. The attack left 166 […]

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Pakistan and Terror

Recently, Pakistan implemented its own version of the Patriot Act in an effort to combat the unrelenting tide of terrorist activity and attacks in the country.  Additionally, the successful strike on Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud on November 1 in a village of North Waziristan, the announcement of Maulawi Fazlullah as the groups newest […]

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Geostrategic Seismology: Realignment

While much of the world’s media was largely pre-occupied with news of an apparent deal brokered to halt Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons this past weekend, news of the disruption of another interesting meeting, this one involving a prospective arms deal in which Russia would provide weaponry to the Egyptian government, was overshadowed. 

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