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Andrew Korybko is Moscow-based political analyst, journalist and a member of the expert council for the Institute of Strategic Studies and Predictions at the People’s Friendship University of Russia. He specializes in Russian affairs and geopolitics, specifically the US strategy in Eurasia. His other areas of focus include tactics of regime change, color revolutions and unconventional warfare used across the world.

The “Arab NATO” to make Syria’s “Internal Partition” a Reality

The possible deployment of Saudi-led GCC and other fellow “coalition” troops to northeastern Syria would formalize the de-facto “internal partition” of the Arab Republic and represent the fulfillment of the RAND Corporation’s plans to “contain” Iranian influence in the region, thus forcing President Assad...

Diplomatic Expulsions: Tit-For-Tat But No Big Deal

The tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions between the West and Russia are correctly framed as formalizing the New Cold War, but they don’t really amount to anything of tangible significance since envoys are only useful inasmuch as both sides “want to tango”, which clearly isn’t the...

3 Reasons Why Russia Should Sell S-400 Missiles to Pakistan

India's successful launch of the Agni 5 ICBM was a strategic game-changer though not necessarily in the way that its leaders and their American allies may have expected, as it could instead pave the way for more robust Russian-Pakistani military relations that ultimately enable...

Afrin’s “Federal” Kurds are Getting Exactly what they Deserve

No one should be surprised that Turkey is taking preemptive action to thwart the development of an existential security threat along its southern border, and despite the public statements by Russian and Syrian officials, it's very likely that Ankara did, in fact, coordinate its...

The US’ Boast that NK Sanctions are Meant to Kill Puts RF and PRC on the Spot

In a surprising display of candidness, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke highly about how the UNSC sanctions are supposedly leading to starvation in North Korea, suggesting that this will make Pyongyang more pliable in forthcoming nuclear negotiations but simultaneously casting sly aspersions...

The Rohingya Crisis Could Topple Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh has been mired in political scandals and ever-escalating tensions for the past few years now, and it’s also at risk of turning into Daesh’s South Asian terrorist hub. These pre-existing structural vulnerabilities weigh heavily on national stability, and the last thing that the...

There’s a Simple Reason Why Iran Isn’t in BRICS – Saudi Arabia

Many multipolar proponents have been hoping that Iran would be invited to a BRICS Summit one of these years, but that likely won’t happen anytime soon so long as the Eurasian BRICS Triangle of Russia, India, and China are wooing Saudi Arabia. There was...

Gwadar and Chabahar aren’t China and India’s Only “Dueling Ports”

The “dueling ports” of Gwadar and Chabahar in Pakistani and Iranian Balochistan have come to symbolize the Great Power competition between China and India, respectively, but there are actually two more pairs of ports in the Bay of Bengal which are paid comparatively less...

Armenia Abandoning Russia: Consequences for the Caucasus

A well-known Kremlin insider has voiced worried concern about Armenia’s participation in several NATO drills lately, signaling that Yerevan might be in the process of a pro-Western pivot which would have very destabilizing consequences for the Caucasus. Markov, The Man Behind The Scenes Sergey Markov...

Kathmandu’s The Kingmaker In The Donglang Drama

Nepal is the fifth, but most pivotal, actor affecting the dynamics of the ongoing Donglang Drama that the US helped create between China, India, and Bhutan, and Kathmandu’s unseen hand could determine the future geopolitics of South Asia. The Bhutanese Border Imbroglio China and...

Syria’s 10-Day Countdown Begins

The ten days preceding President Putin and Trump’s historic meeting at the G20 Summit in Hamburg on 7 July stand to be the most important thus far in determining the contours of Syria’s so-called “political solution”. Both leaders see their upcoming meeting as the best...

Was SCO Summit a Disaster for India?

Far from being the astounding success that India's jingoistic media is portraying it as, last week's SCO Summit in Astana was a resounding disaster for Prime Minister Modi's plans. India's policies of using Afghan-based terrorism against Pakistan, attempting to "isolate" Islamabad from the Afghan...

The UAE’s Anti-Qatari Censorship Foreshadows Prolonged Crisis

The UAE’s threat to imprison Qatari supporters for up to 15 years is a grand self-inflicted wound to its international soft power as a “modern” Arab state and wouldn’t have been enacted unless Abu Dhabi was preparing for a prolonged crisis which “justifies” such...

Singapore’s Geostrategic Supremacy at Stake!

The island powerhouse will always remain a force to be reckoned with, but it must dramatically reinvent itself in response to China and India-Japan’s competitive connectivity projects which plan to completely bypass it. The success story of the city-state of Singapore is a byproduct...

Bangladesh’s Breakout Plan

(Please read Part I before this article) http://regionalrapport.com/2017/05/11/indias-regional-integration-plans-hinge-bangladesh/ Bangladesh can break out of India’s hegemonic grasp if its leadership recognizes the true nature of its geostrategic relationship with New Delhi and proactively takes steps to promote its own national interests as a result. Geostrategic Review Part I...

India’s Regional Integration Plans all Hinge on Bangladesh

India doesn’t have a single regional integration plan that excludes Bangladesh, thus making Dhaka the most prized of New Delhi’s neighborhood partners. This analysis will highlight the institutional integration dependency that India has on Bangladesh, while the second part will raise awareness about how Bangladesh...

Syria: From “De-Escalation” Zones To “Decentralization” Units

Most observers were utterly shocked when the details emerged earlier this week that President Putin had discussed “safe zones” (now being rebranded as “de-escalation” zones) with not only President Trump, but even President Erdogan, and were especially surprised when the Russian leader defended this...

MOAB: Move Over, America’s Back!

Trump dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat against Daesh in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar Province, and the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), nicknamed the "Mother Of All Bombs", sent the clear signal to Russia, China, and Iran to "Move Over, America's Back"...

India’s Freaking Out Over China’s “BRICS-Plus” Proposal

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced on Wednesday that China would “explore modalities for BRICS-plus, to hold outreach dialogues with other major developing countries” because “we hope to establish extensive partnerships and widen our circle of friends to turn it into the most impactful...

Palmyra’s Re-Liberation and the “Rojava Civil War”

Palmyra was just re-liberated for the second time after a hard-fought battle for this strategic city, while in the same week, the leader of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq visited Turkey to plot the “Rojava Civil War”. Each of these events will...

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