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The New World Order is not turning out as planned. Instead of all power emanating from London and Washington, new power centres are emerging to the South and East: a new global equilibrium raises the possibility of a new post-imperial age of peace and equality between nations.

Putin, Erdogan have a deal on Syria

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2016

Russia enters into a military alliance with a NATO member: a historic shift of immense proportions. The ball is in the court of the EU/USA now: to accept a new reality or to continue in the futility of new cold war, anti-Russian hysteria. Turkey, as many predicted has emerged as a pivotal power in the 21st century. Like Russia it looks both East and West and towards the unification of the “world island” as Mackinder termed it: a free trade area from Lisbon to Vladivostok no longer looks so far away. All this as Washington shifts towards Oceanic retrenchment and the vagaries of “containment” of China. We are not moving forward in a straight line but we are moving forward.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

13th August, 2016

After Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg, Ankara says the next administration in Syria should be inclusive and secular so that everyone can live with their beliefs. This is as close as Turkey has ever come to accept that Assad has a legitimate role to play.

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US fails to drive a wedge between India and its BRICS partners

Posted by seumasach on August 6, 2016

Sputnik

6th August, 2016

Despite the recent US charm offensive against India, New Delhi has resisted the temptation, remaining committed to the BRICS ideal of multi-polarity. India maintains mutually beneficial relations with China, regardless of “brief bumps” in the relationship, geostrategic analyst Matthew Maavak told Sputnik.

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China’s Belt and Road isn’t only show in town

Posted by seumasach on August 4, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

3rd August, 2016

A new framework of regional cooperation will be taking shape in India’s neighbourhood when the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran meet in Baku for a summit meeting on August 8. The Kremlin readout acknowledges this and says the three leaders will discuss “current issues on the international and regional political agenda and prospects for establishing practical cooperation, particularly in energy and transport”. (Kremlin website)

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The coup that sank the American ship

Posted by seumasach on July 29, 2016

Winter Patriot

19th July, 2016

Like the British Empire before it, the banking/military/industrial juggernaut that is the US Hegemon is slowly sinking beneath the waves despite its frantic efforts to stay afloat. The attempted coup in Turkey this last week is just the latest fiasco for the hegemon. But before we do any finger pointing at the US, a little history will help with our understanding of what is at stake. Context is everything.

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Putin to receive Erdogan in hometown

Posted by seumasach on July 27, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

27th July, 2016

The developments in Turkey are taking a dramatic turn. All Indications are that the Turkish government is in possession of definite information that the attempted military coup was orchestrated by the United States. (Anadolu)

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China shows rancour at Russian doublespeak

Posted by seumasach on July 26, 2016

Whilst it is clear that Putin seeks, above all, a Moscow-Washington partnership, it is not clear that this is incompatible with an equally strong partnership with China. Indeed, such a partnership would be the basis of Eurasian integration. Still, one would expect Washington try to drive a wedge between Russia and China. A  Trump presidency would likely engage more closely with Moscow, perhaps finally bringing to an the Cold War. Hence, his seeming indifference to NATO. But he would at rhetorically challenge China even as the Chinese buy up broad swathes of the US economy. This triangular, US-Russia-China interplay may throw some light on the mystery of Brexit: the one clear consequence of Brexit, apart from destroying the British economy and the power of the City of London, seems to be a realignment of UK foreign policy with that of Washington after tensions had arisen over British membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the lately departed George Osborne’s wooing of China as well as the accompanying Russophobia.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

25th July, 2016

The scathing attack on Russian foreign policies in the Global Times newspaper on Sunday has no precedents. It goes way beyond the occasional sparring in a spirit of ‘glasnost’. Indeed, China-Russia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of Coordination (as it is officially described) is not at all like what it appears. (Read my article in Asia Times Russia-China entente – Lofty rhetoric, shifty discourse.)

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There’s more to Turkey’s failed coup than meets the eye

Posted by seumasach on July 19, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

18th July, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin did on Sunday what no major western leader from the NATO member countries cared to do when he telephoned his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan to convey his sympathy, goodwill and best wishes for the latter’s success in restoring constitutional order and stability as soon as possible after the attempted coup Friday night. (Kremlin website)

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Winners, losers in Turkey’s coup bid

Posted by seumasach on July 18, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

16th July, 2016

The bloody coup attempt in Turkey by a section of the military has failed and the night of the long knives is about to begin. The geopolitics of the coup makes it inevitable that reverberations will be felt far and wide beyond Turkey.

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Erdogan has nine lives, survives Gulen’s coup

Posted by seumasach on July 17, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

16th July, 2016

Turkish authorities have just stopped short of alleging that the abortive military coup last night has geopolitical significance. The hints are coming in driblets.

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Europe goes soft with China over South China Sea ruling

Posted by seumasach on July 15, 2016

“It is doubtful that the European bloc and its single state members will welcome recent calls from the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies for a transatlantic initiative to inflict economic and financial penalties on China over its refusal to obey the arbitration court’s legal decision”

We may now see the EU moving closer to China and even reviving the 2003 strategic partnership. At the same time Brexit frees EU diplomacy for closer engagement with Russia and , potentially, with the Eurasian Union. Britain’s step back could prove salutary and at a certain point reengagement will be possible and necessary. In the meantime the USA will hide its detente with Russia with some saber rattling in the China Sea.

Asia Times

14th July, 2016

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US to offer Russia ‘synchronized airstrikes on ISIS, guided from joint HQ’

Posted by seumasach on July 14, 2016

Britain spurns China and moves closer to the USA. The USA moves closer to Russia. Therefore, it would appear that Anglo-American detente with Russia is on the horizon whilst China is the new enemy in a move which reverses Nixon’s famous diplomacy of the early seventies.

RT

14th July, 2016

The US reportedly seeks to create a joint HQ with Russia to share intelligence and conduct “synchronized” strikes on Islamists in Syria. The plan, if approved, would see unusually deep military-to-military ties for the two nations amid uneasy relations.

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