Strategy

'The Black Plague' Russia Plays Game of Arctic Roulette in Oil Exploration

'The Black Plague'Russia Plays Game of Arctic Roulette in Oil Exploration

Benjamin Bidder, Matthias Schepp and Gerald Traufetter,

Der Spiegel

24 August 2012

Thawing sea ice and improved technology is opening up the race for natural resource exploration in the Arctic Circle, home to nearly a quarter of the world's untapped oil reserves. Russia leads the race and has promised to adhere to environmental guidelines. But accidents and other damage resulting from the country's oil exploration tell a different story.

Top ten things that would-be foreign policy wonks should study

Top ten things that would-be foreign policy wonks should study

Stephen M. Walt

Thursday, August 23, 2012

It's August, which means that students in America (and plenty of other places) are heading off to college for the first time. Some of them are undoubtedly thinking about preparing for careers in international affairs. As a public service to those eager future Secretaries of State (and the parents worrying about their college choices) here's my Top Ten Things that Future International Policy Wonks Should Learn.

Syrian outcome will affect future conflicts' settlements – Lavrov

Syrian outcome will affect future conflicts' settlements – Lavrov

RT, 21 August 2012

The outcome of the Syrian crisis will have a significant impact on how future conflicts are settled, the Russian foreign minister told reporters, once again calling for a diplomatic solution and dialogue within Syria.

Israel becoming concerned by Egypt's Sinai deployment

Israel becoming concerned by Egypt's Sinai deployment

Ryan Jones, Israel Today

20 August 2012

Last week, a leading Israeli media analyst suggested that Israel's government should be more concerned about Egypt's growing military deployment in the Sinai Peninsula, instead of focusing all its worries on Iran.

Russia, China warn West not to intervene in Syria, following U.S. threat

Russia, China warn West not to intervene in Syria, following U.S. threat

Haaretz

21 August 2012

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the West on Tuesday against any unilateral action on Syria after President Barack Obama saidU.S. forces could act if the Syrian leader deployed chemical weapons against rebels trying to topple him.

Obama Says Chemical Weapons Use By Syria ‘Red Line’ For U.S.

Obama Says Chemical Weapons Use By Syria ‘Red Line’ For U.S.

Margaret Talev and Nayla Razzouk, Bloomberg,

21 August 2012

President Barack Obama said any discovery that Syria’s chemicals or biological weapons are being moved or used may force him to reconsider U.S. military action.

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