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Geopolitical Journey, Part 4: Moldova

Geopolitical Journey, Part 4: Moldova

Moldova is a country in need of explanation, two explanations in fact. First, there is the question of what kind of country Moldova is. Second, there is the question of why anyone should care. Oddly, I went to Moldova thinking I knew the answer to the second question but not the first. I came away ...

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North Korea, China's Hidden Dagger

North Korea, China's Hidden Dagger

The Korean War ended in a stalemate in 1953. Having begun on June 25, 1950 with the blessings of Joseph Stalin, an armistice agreement on July 27, 1953 left the peninsula divided between the Republic of South Korea and the Peoples Republic of North Korea. How long ago was that? Dwight D. Eisenhower ...

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Coming To America! Preview the Shredding of US 1st Amendment - Freedom of Speech

Coming To America!  Preview the Shredding of US 1st Amendment - Freedom of Speech

The first hearing in Elisabeth’s case will take place in the court of Vienna on November 23rd, starting at 9:00 CET. In collaboration with EuropeNews and Tundra Tabloids, we will be live blogging the event from the morning, aiming to decipher exactly what is the offense Elisabeth is charged ...

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Geopolitical Journey, Part 3: Romania

Geopolitical Journey, Part 3: Romania

Editor's note: This is the third installment in a series of special reports that Dr. Friedman will write over the next few weeks as he travels to Turkey, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine and Poland. In this series, he will share his observations of the geopolitical imperatives in each country and conclude ...

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Sudan on the Verge of Division? The Referendum, Oil, and Foreign Involvement

A referendum in Sudan scheduled for January 9, 2011 stands to determine no less than the creation of a new state. Southern Sudan, rich in oil and populated mainly by Christians and animists, will decide whether to split off from the primarily Muslim north, poor in oil and striving to impose shariyalaw ...

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Just What Is a Ghetto, Really?

In Denmark and elsewhere, there has been a lot of discussion about so-called 'ghetto areas', where out-of-control crime, unemployment and disrespect for the authorities makes for some interesting challenges. Unfortunately, we do not seem to quite understand the nature of the problems yet. This ...

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Geopolitical Journey, Part 2: Borderlands

Geopolitical Journey, Part 2: Borderlands

A borderland is a region where history is constant: Everything is in flux. The countries we are visiting on this trip (Turkey, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Poland) occupy the borderland between Islam, Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity. Roman Catholic Hapsburg Austria struggled with the Islamic ...

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Changes in the Turkish Threat Perception: Strategic Significance for Israel

Changes in the Turkish Threat Perception: Strategic Significance for Israel

INSS Insight No. 220

Turkey's National Security Council document, the 2010 “Red Book,” which maps the expected threats to Turkey in the coming years, includes a number of sections that are highly problematic for Israel. The document itself is classified, and therefore there are different versions ...

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A Geopolitical Journey, Part 1: The Travel

A Geopolitical Journey, Part 1: The Travel

I try to keep my writing impersonal. My ideas are my own, of course, but I prefer to keep myself out of it for three reasons. First, I’m far less interesting than my writings are. Second, the world is also far more interesting than my writings and me, and pretending otherwise is narcissism.

 

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