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Afghanistan Faces Uncertain Future (III)

The outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai used his national address in office before leaving the presidential palace to warn the new government headed by Ashraf Ghani that the ongoing violence in Afghanistan provided a convenient excuse for the US to maintain its bases in the country. «My advice to the next government is to be very careful with America and the West», Karzai cautioned in his speech... 

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 18.10.2014


 

Afghanistan Faces Uncertain Future (II)

Writing on the subject of «foreign troops» a few months ago, the well known Guardian columnist and editor Seumas Milne observed, «It’s almost never discussed in the political mainstream. But thousands of foreign troops have now been stationed in Britain for more than 70 years. There’s been nothing like it since the Norman invasion. With the 15-month Dutch occupation of London in 1688-89 a distant competitor, there has been no precedent since 1066 for the presence of American forces in a string of military bases for the better part of a century»... This is also the most intriguing question that no one is prepared to answer regarding the US-Afghan pact, known popularly as the Bilateral Security Agreement or the BSA, which was signed in Kabul on September 30. What explains the long-term military presence of a superpower on foreign soil?..

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 13.10.2014


 

Afghanistan Faces Uncertain Future (I)

Afghanistan has witnessed two major events in the most recent weeks. One is the assumption of office by Ashraf Ghani as the next president of the country, succeeding Hamid Karzai. The second has been the signing of the two «back-to-back» security pacts between Afghanistan on the one hand and the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] on the other.  Both developments are of historical importance in their own ways. Ghani’s presidency signifies a rare peaceful transition of power in the ebb and flow of Afghan history.  As for the second, Afghanistan has been invaded and occupied before in its tumultuous history dating back to Alexander the Great – the last famous occupation followed the British invasion in the 19 th century – but never before has that country had to agree to foreign military presence on its soil in such an open-ended fashion...

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 09.10.2014


 

Pushing Ukraine to the Brink

Everything. It reveals the commercial interests that drive US policy. Just as the War in Afghanistan was largely fought to facilitate the transfer of natural gas from Turkmenistan to the Arabian Sea, so too, Washington engineered the bloody coup in Kiev to cut off energy supplies from Russia to Europe to facilitate the US pivot to Asia.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 11.07.2014


 

US Withdrawal from Afghanistan not to be Peaceful

The killing of 4 NATO troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday shows that the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is not to be peaceful, said an analyst. A blast in eastern Afghanistan killed four NATO soldiers, two Afghan policemen and ten civilians. The Taliban has claimed the responsibility for the attack through a text message sent to Reuters. A spokeswoman for the Czech general staff has confirmed that the dead troopers were all Czech.    

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 11.07.2014


 

US – Afghan Pact Remains Elusive

The sudden appearance of the US Senator John McCain in the Hindu Kush Mountains last weekend reminds the regional powers that there is more to Afghanistan's presidential election than meets the eye... McCain himself is not new to the frontline. He is a frequent visitor to Syria's neighboring countries to shore up the sagging regime change agenda against President Bashar Al-Assad. His missions to Ukraine aimed to ensure that the gains of the regime change in February did not get dissipated. His Afghan mission may seem on surface to be somewhat atypical... But in reality he was undertaking a typical McCain mission in Afghanistan – namely, to remove the road block that delays the signing of the US-Afghan security pact leading to the establishment of US military bases and advancing the ‘pivot’ to Asia...

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 09.07.2014


 

NATO Leaving Afghanistan: Have Transit Routes Going Through Russia Become Redundant?

The battles raging in Ukraine, Syria and other politically sensitive parts of the globe are making the NATO transit facility at Ulyanovsk a sidelined issue fading in comparison with other hot topics. Two years ago the idea evoked hot discussions before the facility came into operation. The issue has almost died away as other events distracted attention. The transit center appears to be an example of Russia-NATO cooperation. Now NATO Secretary General openly says Russia is «rather an adversary than a partner». It calls for having a brief look at the recent history...

Arkady DZIUBA | 20.05.2014


 

Militarism vs. Diplomacy: The Case of NATO

The point I wish to make clearly is that there is a divide within government groups between militaristic voices and diplomatic voices, particularly between NATO’s orientation toward force and a diplomatic orientation. This divide doesn’t mean that the governments of NATO’s member countries cannot and do not try to use NATO militarily for their own narrow interests, as they have in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Libya. It means that the militaristic orientation of NATO sets it against a diplomatic orientation when conflicts, real or imagined, arise. It means that NATO looks much more trigger-happy than is consistent with peaceful diplomatic resolutions of differences or with a policy of non-intervention. NATO is a much more dangerous organization than it is generally perceived to be.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 04.04.2014


 

NATO, Russia: Arms or Diplomacy Choice (I)

NATO must have a sustained presence in countries that feel «vulnerable» to Russia, US President Barack Obama said on March 26 at a meeting with EU leaders in Brussels... The NATO allies snapped to attention, clicked heels and said «Yes, sir». On April 1-2, 2014 foreign ministers met for the first time since Crimea joined Russia. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Russia's actions meant there could be no «business as usual»... As the Guardian reported, a confidential seven-page paper leaked to the German news weekly Der Spiegel proposed joint exercises and training between the alliance and the three countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova) to enhance the «interoperability» of their militaries with NATO and expand their participation in NATO «smart defence» operations.

Andrei AKULOV | 04.04.2014


 

US Drones to Deploy in Central Asia

On February 16 the Los Angeles Times reported that the Obama administration is making contingency plans to use air bases in Central Asia to conduct drone missile attacks in northwest Pakistan in case the White House is forced to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan at the end of this year without having an agreement of the status of forces... The implementation of United States plans to deploy drones in Central Asia will expand the US military presence in the region and create conditions for conducting secret operations using unmanned aerial vehicles while negatively affecting the regional balance of forces.

Dmitry POPOV | 24.03.2014




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9/11 Was NATO’s License to Expand Globally

The 9/11 attacks on the United States undoubtedly benefited a number of actors, including the American military-intelligence complex, Israel, and most definitely, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Cold War-era, the area of responsibility for which had long been confined to Europe and North America, used the provisions of Article 5 of the NATO Charter – which states that an attack on one member is an attack on all – to extend NATO’s power deep into Eurasia, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan...

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