An Isolated Russia? Think Again! – Red (Team) Analysis

An Isolated Russia? Think Again! – Red (Team) Analysis.

Since March 2014, the Russian “dispatch of troops to Crimea”, and the contested referendum in Crimea followed by its incorporation into the Russian Federation, “The West”* rhetoric is that Russia is isolated, and that the U.S. and its allies will work to further isolate it (e.g. Zeke J Miller, “Isolated Russia, Ukraine, NATO, Poroshenko, Obama, Hollande Obama: U.S. Working To ‘Isolate Russia’“, Time, 3 March 2014).

Isolated Russia

Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Lebanon – Conference ESSEC-IRENE-SMIB, 20 November 2012

Texas secession after a public petition?

Rick Perry dismisses Texas secession talk

More than 60,000 people have now signed an online petition calling for President Obama to « peacefully grant » Texas to secede from the United States of America, but the state’s governor, Rick Perry, suggests he’s not about to give the online movement any more traction than it’s already ginned up.

How does China perceive it self?

The comparison between the « Island of China » view (see previous post) and ethnographics and density of population shows clearly that most of the population is concentrated on this « Island of China », meaning most of the 1.4 billion inhabitants are living in a much smaller country than officially existing.

China’s Islands or the Island of China?

Analysis: the Island of China – Stratfor.com

The island of China… That’s no typo. The Gobi Desert, Tibetan Plateau, Himalayas, and Pacific Ocean surround the heartland of China like a geographic great wall. We’re talking about a nation whose economic model has the world’s best experts confused about whether China’s about to take over the world… or collapse.

Transcript: « The South China Sea: Disputes, Risks and Diplomacy »

Who would control South China Sea?

The South China Sea: Disputes, Risks and Diplomacy

Why is there maritime tension between China and its southeast Asian neighbours, and where is it heading? Lord Michael Williams and Christian Le Mière of International Institute for Strategic Studies discuss at Chatham House on 23 October 2012.