New at Strategic Culture Foundation 7-11 March 2011: Macedonia / Libya / START / South-East Asia / Yemen

12 March 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Will Macedonia become the third Albanian state in the Balkans?

11.03.2011 | 10:00 | YAMBAEV Mikhail
The former Macedonian Foreign Minister Slobodan Chashule says there is only one reason for Albanians to be interested in Macedonia’s entry into NATO: “Their strategy is not Macedonia’s territorial secession. They simply want it as a third Albanian state in the Balkans”… Albanian politicians recollect the Illyrida (Dardania) project, which is about creating a new political entity using some parts of Macedonia as well as territories separated from Serbia and Montenegro…

The West’s Most Convincing Argument

10.03.2011 | 20:58 | SEDOV Dmitriy
Those who retained the capability to look at things soberly can’t but watch the conditioning of the world public opinion on the eve of the NATO offensive against Libya with a healthy irony… For NATO, a UN mandate to invade Libya could come handy but, on the other hand, the world is already used to see wars break out without burdensome formalities. What really matters is that the world public opinion must be brought to the boiling point, and then the military can simply do the job…

New START and the Missile Defense: the Evaporating Guarantees

09.03.2011 | 14:05 | RUBTSOV Yuriy
At the moment – in line with the warnings signaled by a number of experts – Russia is beginning to face the consequences of the lack of caution in signing and ratifying the New START. The only solution is to do everything possible to make Washington open negotiations aimed at reaching a specific deal on anti-missiles. There is no time to waste– the work must begin already during US Vice President J. Biden’s March 9-10 Moscow visit…

Spectre of Extremism in South Asia

08.03.2011 | 13:07 | MAHAPATRA Aurobinda (India)
Some of the recent developments portray a grim picture of scenario of extremism in South Asia… The leader of Jamaat ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh(JMB), currently in custody, has admitted the links between his organization and Al Qaeda. Reportedly, many of the leaders of the extremist organizations such as JMB and Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI) in Bangladesh are Afghan veterans… There are also reports that the extremist groups in Bangladesh supported the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), provided them shelter and arms…

Geopolitical Dimension of the Rebellion in Yemen

07.03.2011 | 12:18 | GULEVICH Vladislav (Ukraine)
The stakes running high, the US establishment is increasingly audible about a military intervention in Yemen. Congressman J. Lieberman said Iraq was yesterday’s war, Afghanistan — today’ war, and Yemen would be tomorrow’s war if the US showed enough foresight.It seems that Washington is trying to, massively dispatching intelligence operatives and military instructors to Yemen. US pilots disguised as local air force staff are known to have bombed the positions of the Shia insurgents. US drones and the technicians taking care of them are coming to Yemen, Djibouti, and Kenya in large numbers…

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