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

In Part One of this three-part series on Afghanistan’s growing security problems and the threat to Central Asia, I introduced the threat that an unstable or failed Afghan state poses to the five states of the region: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. In Part Two (below), I outline the individual threats facing each Central Asian […]

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Afghan National Army Special Forces (ANASF) members with the 6th Special Operations Kandak practice clearing a room during a training exercise in Kabul, Kabul province, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2013. The ANASF practiced squad battle drills, which trained them on clearing procedures.

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

In recent weeks, insurgent gains in Northern Afghanistan have led to a renewed sense of urgency about Afghanistan’s future for the governments of the United States, Afghanistan, and the states of Central Asia. Border incursions and exchanges of fire between Afghanistan-based militants and the security forces of Turkmenistan, the escalation of drug trafficking from Badakhshan Province […]

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