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Forum: South Asia 3 Minutes Ago
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Views: 208,776
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Russia Changing The Signposts In Pakistan

Mmmm, not sure what is going on here; astute diplomat move or obtaining an alternative insurer?
As for the road signs that is weird!...
Forum: Europe 17 Minutes Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 124,556
Posted By davidbfpo
A PhD thesis available for free: 'Right-Wing...

A PhD thesis available for free: 'Right-Wing Terrorism and Violence in Western Europe: A Comparative Analysis' and the Abstract says:Link: or...
Forum: South Asia 30 Minutes Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 28,178
Posted By davidbfpo
BBC World Service podcasts x9

Owen Bennett-Jones has a series of nine podcasts on the murder of Benazir Bhutto and the aftermath. I am listening to 'The other dead', which is No.9, it is 29 minutes long and refers to the deaths...
Forum: FID & Working With Indigenous Forces 37 Minutes Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 85,395
Posted By davidbfpo
Moderator at work

Three small threads merged into this one; they all referred to MCTAG and then the thread was closed - unless anyone wants it reopened!
Forum: FID & Working With Indigenous Forces 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 11,122
Posted By davidbfpo
Building Militaries in Fragile States: Challenges for the USA

An excerpt from a book and here is a "taster":Link:

Curious that one example is the success in Greece...
Forum: Historians 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 133
Posted By davidbfpo
Iranian Embassy & SAS: a pointer


You would probably enjoy the book 'Soldier I: The Story of an SAS Hero' by Pete Winner (given the title Soldier I for the coroners inquest for the Princes Gate operation, the Iranian...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Days Ago
Replies: 252
Views: 130,173
Posted By davidbfpo
Fewer Russian flights towards the UK, not more

Well, well that is really scary:
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Days Ago
Replies: 1,062
Views: 379,849
Posted By davidbfpo
'The Forgotten Front: Patron-Client Relationships in COIN

Post 1059 refers to a book published in 2017, namely Walter Ladwig's 'The Forgotten Front: Patron-Client Relationships in Counter Insurgency', I have just discovered a podcast when he spoke @ Kings...
Forum: Europe 3 Days Ago
Replies: 180
Views: 167,723
Posted By davidbfpo
When politics fails, the police remain

A wider commentary on Brexit and Northern Ireland has this stunning passage, with my emphasis:...
Forum: Africa 4 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 36,608
Posted By davidbfpo
Crisis in Ethiopia: elections, and fast!

With the media focus on President Zuma's removal from power in South Africa, few spotted let alone saw reporting on the resignation of the Prime Minister in Ethiopia.

A French SME is the author...
Forum: Intelligence 4 Days Ago
Replies: 65
Views: 99,553
Posted By davidbfpo
The Five Eye’s intelligence sharing network

An interesting article, with both UK & US ex-intelligence directors commenting, on the Five Eyes...
Forum: Africa 4 Days Ago
Replies: 399
Views: 146,681
Posted By davidbfpo
COIN in the Sahel: who are the blurred enemy?

A brief overview of the key non-state armed actors in the region, which includes non-jihadist groups in alliance sometimes with the Mali government for example; jihadist groups and others.

Forum: Europe 5 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 110,185
Posted By davidbfpo
Ukraine is still on the edge, despite all efforts to stabilise it

An academic article on the situation, the emphasis is not on the military aspects - hence being in this smaller thread. Here is a taster...
Forum: Americas 5 Days Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 113,485
Posted By davidbfpo
We have not gone away - the Zapatista rebels

I thought they had gone away, no and the title and sub-title to thi short article are:...
Forum: Middle East 5 Days Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 62,394
Posted By davidbfpo
The rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood

A book review in the FT of a new book 'The Muslim Brotherhood and the West: A History of Emnity and Engagement' by Martyn Frampton, Harvard University Press and one...
Forum: Law Enforcement 5 Days Ago
Replies: 230
Views: 205,292
Posted By davidbfpo
The CT approach has "holes in the bucket"

A broad comment on the issues around returning foreign fighters by an "insider":

A classic example of how weak the UK CT approach is:
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 5 Days Ago
Replies: 186
Views: 161,366
Posted By davidbfpo
The helpful App @ Raqqa

Forum: Politics In the Rear 5 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 1,197
Posted By davidbfpo
Small nation has a case underway

Meantime in Denmark there is a trial underway:
Forum: International Politics 5 Days Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 59,590
Posted By davidbfpo
Food for thought

A commentary 'This Too Shall Pass: Remarks to the Camden Conference on The New World Disorder and America’s Future' by Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.).

Here is a taster:The author's...
Forum: Middle East 5 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 30,864
Posted By davidbfpo
We're adding 1k to those already in Saudi

Looks like the Pakistani Senate's "nose is out of joint" over the deployment of troops to Saudi...
Forum: South Asia 6 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 30,398
Posted By davidbfpo
Facts -v- Fiction: the CPEC

A curious document, from September 2017 from a previously unheard of think tank (German-Pakistani) on the Chine-Pakistan Economic Corridor and somehow I doubt any pearls will be found.
Link to 50...
Forum: South Asia 6 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 30,398
Posted By davidbfpo
China woos Pakistan militants to secure Belt and Road projects

From the FT:

One wonders will the locals, let alone the militants, be tempted by work or other options and so enable the road...
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 4,179
Posted By davidbfpo
Syria: the shifting sands of a years-long quagmire

The title is taken from the sub-title of an article 'Miscalculation and vulnerability simmer beneath the surface of the Syrian conflict' and accurately sums the situation....
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 6 Days Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 448
Posted By davidbfpo
After oil & gas there's renewable sources

Worth considering how the world will adapt as renewable sources compete with oil & gas. Imagine a world where OPEC is redundant for example.

Forum: Africa 1 Week Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 29,762
Posted By davidbfpo
Some here I expect will dismiss this NYT report,...

Some here I expect will dismiss this NYT report, so here are two comments via Twitter that might persuade you. Professor Bruce Hoffman:

Professor Daniel Byman:
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