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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Presidential Address on Syrian Conflict

President Barack Obama’s address to the nation on the Syrian crisis focused on making the case for United States involvement, even with strikes he characterized as ‘limited’. For a quick blog post tonight we’ll list some review points on the Syrian crisis and why he proposed the use of military strikes in response to President […]

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Nuristan: A Primer

Nuristan Province, Afghanistan is among the least studied places on Earth. The information below provides a limited background that will guide and direct readers to research in the form of useful internet links, analysis, and a short bibliography. Further, we’re hopeful with this post today that a good conversation can begin below for those few […]

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War Fatigue

The Council on Foreign Relations has published a great general backgrounder on the Taliban in Afghanistan. You can find the article here. One important point that the author, Zachary Laub, included in the piece on predicting the future of Taliban strategy and motivation as United States involvement in the war wanes is that The Taliban […]

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East Africa: no country for old (Islamist) men

Today, Foreign Policy Magazine published an article on the efforts of international terrorist groups to utilize social media to recruit and organize their efforts. This article broaches an interesting and important topic. However, we will avoid addressing the same topic of social media in this blog post… largely because you can simply read the FP […]

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The Syrian Opposition and Regional Instability

On Monday we addressed an ongoing effort by members of an interventionist element in United States foreign policy circles to immediately invest U.S. “…lethal support…” on behalf of the rebel opposition fighting to unseat Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the ongoing civil war in Syria. An article at Foreign Policy Magazine, written by Michael Doran and […]

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The Syrian Civil War and Military Intervention

An article at ForeignPolicy last week proposed a disturbing premise: that the United States is missing an opportunity to provide support that would ostensibly tip the battle of the Syrian civil war in favor of the anti-Assad insurgency. The authors, Michael Doran and Salman Shaikh, assert that President Barack Obama has ignored “…an ironclad consensus… […]

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