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Arkady Dziuba

Independent analyst and researcher

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May 8, 2015
Cruz, Paul, Clinton and Rubio

Despite the fact that the US presidential election is still a year and a half away, the race has already begun…Clinton’s candidacy seems to be a success for the Democrats. Despite the voters’ overall disillusionment with the policies of the Democratic administration, Clinton outstripped every potential Republican candidate in all of the April polls. Her advantage is fairly small, however, and in the case of 52-year-old Rand Paul it is close to zero. The big battle for the position of US president is still to come.
 

April 25, 2015
Yemen’s Mystery and Map of Lt. Col. Peters

The events in Yemen and other parts of Middle East bring back to memory the somewhat forgotten maps of Lt.Col. Peters. In 2006 Ralph Peters, a retired military intelligence officer, published an article in Armed Forces Journal called Blood Borders… Winding his piece up he wrote, «If the borders of the greater Middle East cannot be amended to reflect the natural ties of blood and faith, we may take it as an article of faith that a portion of the bloodshed in the region will continue to be our own»… No need to retell the whole article. The gist of it is the need to remap the «Greater Middle East» starting from Iran and Saudi Arabia…

April 16, 2015
Yemen: Prospects Uncertain

Rich Saudi lobby enjoys strong position in the United States. Some believe it to be more influential than the Jewish one. On March 9, 47 US Republican senators signed an open letter to the Iranian leadership addressed to «leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran» declaring that any agreement without legislative approval could be reversed by the next president «with the stroke of a pen»… True, lifting sanctions is an issue of paramount importance for Iran. For the sake of reaching this goal Tehran is ready to make concessions when it comes to other issues, like Yemen, for instance. But things look different when you are told directly that the nuclear deal has no chance to be ratified…

April 11, 2015
Why Alexis Tsipras is not Popular in EU

No matter how hard the European political beau monde tried to prevent it, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras did visit Moscow. Neither Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, nor Hungarian leader Victor Urban, who have also recently met Russian President Vladimir Putin, had received so many warnings and admonitions as the Greek PM… 

March 22, 2015
Intriguing Moments of EU Russian Policy

…The anti-Russian consensus in Europe formed after the Malaysian Boeing tragedy, when the plane was hit by someone who was pursuing a very definite goal, is waning and the European Union uses murky wording to cover it up. No matter all the declarations made by officials about European and transatlantic unity, media openly discusses the split on the issue of anti-Russia sanctions… It’s too early to say there a change in EU policy looming. But, definitely, there is a need to alter the course. It’s not just the economic interests of business dealing with Russia. It’s the fate of the European project itself…

March 3, 2015
Cyprus and Russia: «Work Together and In Focused Fashion»

…The issue of Ukraine and the sanctions war against Russia initiated by the United States make surface new trends to diversify the European political landscape. This is the background against which Nicos Anastasiades, the President of Cyprus, visited Russia on February 24-27… President Anastasiades emphasized that he opposed the idea of sanctions war with Russia. It’s not just a declaration; this point of view is supported by Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Together they constitute a force to reckon with which exerts certain influence on European politics bringing closer the day when such anomaly as anti-Russian economic sanctions will become a thing of the past…

February 19, 2015
Putin in Hungary: Western Anti-Russia Unity Shattered

President Putin arrived on a working visit to Hungary on February 17. The importance of this event goes beyond the limits of bilateral relations. It was an outstanding event… Victor Orban is really popular at home – the right partner to make deals with. He is a real, not a theatrical, nationalist and he understands that it is easy to sacrifice the interests of Hungary, a small country, to the interests of leading EU states or European bureaucracy… Victor Orban is a very pragmatic person and sound pragmatism is a good alternative to Europe’s role of vassal of the USA…

February 13, 2015
Egypt Waiting for Russia

America’s strategy in Ukraine, along with other important global policy issues, hinges on setting up the international isolation of Russia… The jackpot for America so far in this game was the European Union, which was initially in no hurry to shoot itself in the foot, but which finally gave in to pressure from Washington.  Our world is a big one, however, and is not limited to Europe… The outcome of President Putin’s visit to Egypt is yet more evidence of America’s failed attempts to isolate Russia in the international arena. And the significance of the visit is not just limited to Egypt…

February 6, 2015
Munich Security Conference Report: Reading between Lines

The 51st Munich Security Conference (MSC) kicks off on February 6. For three days military and political leaders, scholars, diplomats and journalists will discuss the acute problems of international security, global challenges to peace and stability on the planet and the ways to solve controversial issues. The Russian delegation will be headed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov… The Munich security conference is a good platform for bringing Russia and Europe together. It can bring practical results if Europe restores the ability to act on its own.

January 28, 2015
Mariupol: Who Pulled the Trigger?

…Americans and their puppets in Kiev still cherish the plans to involve Russia in the war and make it bring its military to the Ukraine’s territory. Then they could openly accuse Russia of being an aggressor, mobilize the world community and make the conflict escalate much further. Russia does not want to play by these rules. That’s why Ukrainian military shelled Mariupol – Ukraine has to do the job by itself. 

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