Tag Archives: Geopolitics

Russia’s Syrian Operation is Both Political and Military

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer According to western experts, Russia’s military move in Syria is both geostrategic and political. A key facet of Russian defense policy is retention of its naval supply and maintenance base at the Syrian port of Tartus, vital to its eastern Mediterranean naval operations and broader ventures. Deployment of top-line T-14 Armada tanks, heavy artillery, modular housing units for 1000 men and a portable air traffic control unit at the Latakia Airport also suggests that Russia may seek to acquire a more permanent airbase in Syria. Latakia , as a predominantly Alawite area of Syria is considered President Bashar al-Assad’s political base of support and the portion of Syria to be most easily held as an enclave in a worst-case scenario. Russia, acting in accordance with its foreign policy objectives, considers the Alawite sect of Islam a useful Read more

Are Russia and NATO Preparing for WAR?

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer As Russia’s military exercises and maneuvers in the Baltic, Atlantic and Pacific (vis-à-vis NATO nations and other allies) have assumed a more aggressive and less cautious posture over the last two years, legitimate geostrategic questions arise: 1) Is this a classic geopolitical tactic to reassert regional dominance over former Soviet Republics (now independent states in Europe and Asia) and/or implementation a psycho-political control mechanism over the Russian people to minimize domestic dissent through creation of international tensions? 2) Given increasing bipolar force levels in closer proximity and emergent international tensions, can a serious untended conflict arise and get out of control? 3) “Are Russia and NATO actually preparing for war?” A recent article in the Daily Telegraph suggests the latter, according to a report Read more

Is Putin in Trouble?

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Faced with being bogged down in the Donbas, international sanctions, an impending oil and natural gas glut, a receding economy and various internal pressures – all in the context of increasingly blustering rhetoric and daringly provocative military maneuvers; it is logical to ask if he (and by extension, Russia) is in serious trouble. Brian Whitmore (of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) in a recent article in Business Insider claims that he is. Historically, a common tactic of those in power, faced with increased domestic problems and emergent dissent and social instability is to create increased international tension as a method of internal control. These may, in turn, lead to serious external repercussions. • Putin’s recent claim of the North Pole as Russian territory is dubious at best, but makes for international high drama. • Read more