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13/09/2016 Article

‘Xi’s G20’ and a World on the Brink of Radical Change

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Alastair Crooke, Valdai Discussion Club, 13 Sept 2016 [Hyperlinks below added by Conflicts Forum] This time the G20 was different. Intentionally so. The Chinese had prepared

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04/05/2016 Article

The Russians are Preparing for a (Defensive) Big War, both Conventional and Hybrid

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Prospect of an intense hybrid war, with Russia as its target. The type of financial warfare is nothing new. Alastair Crooke, Valdai Discussion Club, 22

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31/03/2016 Article

The US Treasury’s ‘Silver Bullet’ Falls Short

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Alastair Crooke, Conflicts Forum, 31 March 2016 “The Americans did not act on what they promised in the nuclear accord (the JCPOA); they did not

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31/03/2016 Article

Putin and the Art of Listening

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Alastair Crooke, Valdai Discussion Club, 30 March 2016 Lessons learned from Russia’s experience in Ukraine are being applied to Syria – including the importance of

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31/03/2016 Article

Russia Isn’t Really Withdrawing From Syria

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Alastair Crooke, The World Post/ Huffington Post, 17 march 2016 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/russia-withdraw-syria_b_9487262.html BEIRUT — Russian President Vladimir Putin caught nearly everyone by surprise with his Syria

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31/03/2016 Article

‘Revanchism’ and the Shaping of Geopolitics

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 11 March 2016 In a certain sense, geopolitics seems to have become pulled directly into the crucible of the Middle East.

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31/03/2016 Article

Military progress in Syria and its Wider Political Consequences: Reality and the Price of Prejudice

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Alastair Crooke, Valdai Discussion Club, 29 Feb 2016 http://valdaiclub.com/news/military-progress-in-syria-and-its-wider-political-consequences-reality-and-the-price-of-prejudice/ President Obama is cornered: He faces a decision that, whatever course he opts to pursue, he

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