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Summary: The activities of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard have been overshadowed by the attention given to the Iranian nuclear program. However, for the last several decades the IRGC has been heavily involved in a highly coordinated campaign of covert operations that function not just in the Middle East but span the globe.
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Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia has tried to maintain a position as a global military force. Though Russia projects the idea of being a modern military, evidence suggests that its true state is far less than what it purports to be.
Summary: Central Africa is the new front of the Islamic insurgency and the new front for the Islamic State. Africa has long been a hotbed for Islamic insurgency with several al Qaeda affiliated radical groups carrying out violent insurgencies in many countries.
Right now, it is the most violent region after Syria and Iraq. However, the chaotic violence in the Middle-East and the threat of ISIS have captured the world’s attention largely overshadowing the violence in Africa.
As the Syrian Civil War winds down, and Iraq comes under control, the radical factions of ISIS have followed in the direction of al Qaeda and begun to franchise their operations abroad creating a whole new front in the countries of Western Africa.
Summary: For years the Lebanese based radical organization known as Hezbollah has held a significant presence in South America. Its activities have ranged from terrorist acts waged against the Jewish community to working through criminal groups to further its goals.
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Summary: In recent years India has gradually shifted its position from supporting the U.S. policy towards Iran to re-establishing long held relations with its neighbor. This has led India to develop economic relations that openly violate the current sanctions held against Iran.
India has emerged as a serious economic power on a global scale making them, along with Russia, powerful allies that severely curb the effectiveness of U.S. economic power as a tool of diplomacy dealing with Iran.
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Summary: With the subsequent withdrawal of US and allied forces from the Afghan region, China and neighboring countries have stepped in to assert influence in the hopes of bringing some form of viable stability. In doing so, China has begun developing its military and economic ties to the country with the long-term intention of influence building.
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Summary: In the last few years Russia has been playing a serious role in the affairs of the greater of the Middle-East region. In doing so, it has assumed a powerful position as both a military and economic power ─ one that has largely provided an impediment to U.S. and western influences in the region.
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This has been largely due to growing concerns both countries share over a mutual threat ─ the Kurds. The war in Syria has left the Kurds controlling a sizeable area that they fully intend to see turned into the autonomous state of Kurdistan and a serious resurgence of fervent Kurdish nationalism across the region.
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Summary: North Korea remains a critical security challenge for the U.S. Despite significant resource shortfalls and aging hardware, the DPRK maintains a large, conventional, forward-deployed military and continues to improve its ability to launch rapid, small-scale attacks against South Korea.
North Korea’s continuing efforts to undertake provocative actions against Seoul—demonstrated during its August 2015 ambush of South Korean soldiers—poses a serious threat to the U.S. and its regional allies.
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Summary: The communist regime of North Korea has long financed its economy through an illicit arms business, a business that has catered to outlaw regimes in the world by offering a multitude of extensive services for weapons development and procurement.
One of its chief clients is the military regime in Myanmar that has been embroiled for decades in an ethnic-based civil war. This conflict has led to all sorts of severe human rights abuses ranging from torture and rape to near genocide. Throughout the years of the Obama administration, it had been a primary goal of U.S. policy to break up this relationship. While it had been thought that the U.S. had been successful in achieving this goal during the Obama years, recent evidence has come to light that suggests this is not the case.
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Summary: Recent actions taken by U.S. President Donald Trump have revived old hostilities and fears among Latin American countries. Latin America is also disillusioned with Europe which is mired in trade protection, anti-immigration, and other such issues.
The non-transparent and sometimes high-handed business practices of the Chinese and the hidden agendas of Chinese government-owned enterprises have been viewed with grave suspicion. Realizing the risk of the overwhelming dominant presence of China, many Latin American countries want to reduce their dependence. With that in mind, Latin American governments and businesses have started looking more seriously at India. The past few years India has gradually emerged as a prominent trading partner in the South American region. It has become more important for Latin America’s exports than any European country .
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Summary: The decision by the U.S. to move the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem has sparked global protests. Currently, the Islamic nation-states of the South-Pacific have been awash with protests of Muslims rallying support of the Palestinians. These protests have not just been gatherings of several thousand people, they have also received the public support of their executive political leaders including the president of Indonesia and the prime minister of Malaysia. This raises a concern as to where the future of the South-Pacific is headed, and what it means for U.S. security interests in the region.
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Summary: In recent months, China and India — the world’s two most populous nations — India and China ─ have engaged in increasingly bellicose exchanges over a remote border dispute that has gradually grown more contentious (india-china-standoff).
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Summary: Buddhist fundamentalism and the accompanying nationalistic violence has been fermenting for several years in the Asian South Pacific. Over the past year in parts of Asia, friction between Buddhism and Islam has killed hundreds, mostly Muslims. The violence is being fanned by extremist Buddhist monks who preach a dangerous form of religious chauvinism to their followers. This violence has largely been confined to eruptions of violent riots and political demagoguery. However, many factors point to the notion that this may gradually expand.
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Summary: In March 2010, a coalition of Arab powers in the Saudi Gulf was formed to combat the rising threat of the Iranian led Houthi insurgents operating in Yemen. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a member country to the coalition, has responded through a strategy that calls for building an armed force with the use of foreign soldiers.
Since the beginning of the insurgency in 2010, the UAE has embarked on an intensive program to make its armed forces better organized and more effective to engage the insurgency. To do this, they have sought the assistance of foreign military professionals and undergone an intensive recruiting program that has spanned the globe.
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Summary: The Syrian Civil War has seen the rise of a new dynamic in the jihadist movement; the rise of the private mercenary firm that caters to Islamic fundamentalism. Malhama Tactical is the world’s first jihadi private military contractor (PMC) and consulting firm. The outfit’s fighting prowess and training programs are renowned among jihadis in Syria and their admirers elsewhere.
Since launching the firm in May 2016, Malhama has grown and doing a brisk business in Syria. It’s been contracted to fight and provide training and other battlefield consulting alongside groups like the al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as the Nusra Front) and the Turkistan Islamic Party, a Uighur extremist group from China’s restive Xinjiang province.
Despite recent rebel setbacks in Syria, including the loss of Aleppo, demand for Malhama Tactical’s services in the country is as strong as ever. Heavily armed and expertly kitted with body armor and ballistic helmets, the men can be seen defending bunkers, storming buildings, and even posing by whiteboards giving tactical lessons.
Summary: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, is seeking a second term in the elections. A moderate and under his term, the world has seen a softening in Iran’s dealings with the West. A contrast from the policies driven by the previous leadership of the country.
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Summary: The rise of the Arab Spring, more particularly the Syrian civil war, and the ISIS offensive in northern Iraq has created a fresh crisis for Turkey. Al-Qa‘ida-related groups have carried out several terror attacks in that country in the past and continue to do so. Based on this perspective, Turkey has already seemed more willing to work with the United States to marginalize al-Qa‘ida-linked organizations. Turkey has also reportedly agreed to take part in a U.S.-led program to train vetted rebels in Qatar to marginalize jihadis in the Syrian opposition. However, though Turkey has been seen as a beneficial partner in the fight to stabilize the region, its own agenda may be more suspect.