Brian M Downing

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The U.S.-Pakistan rapprochement: Thank geopolitical reality, not diplomacy

The U.S.-Pakistan rapprochement: Thank geopolitical reality, not diplomacy

By Brian M Downing Just a few months ago, U.S.-Pakistani relations were abysmal, perhaps even at a crisis point. An American airstrike had killed 25 or more Pakistani soldiers and Pakistan retaliated by closing off U.S./ISAF supply lines into Afghanistan.  Tensions increased and many worried of more border skirmishes along the Af-Pak border and even […]

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Syria's regular army nears the breaking point

Syria's regular army nears the breaking point

By Brian M Downing Recent fighting in Damascus and Aleppo has differed markedly from that of only a couple of months ago when the regular army swiftly defeated rebel enclaves in Homs, Idlib, and Deraa.  Fighting in Damascus has persisted for several weeks now and while it trails off at times, it flares up again. […]

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Election year petro-politics, Obama and Iran

Election year petro-politics, Obama and Iran

ByBrian M Downing A few months ago, Saudi Arabia lowered oil production and attributed it to excess world supply. Oil experts saw this as odd because Libyan and Syria production were way down and Nigerian production was thought in jeopardy from bombing incidents. Some thought the long awaited “twilight in the desert” might be nigh, […]

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Obama's Afghan agreement maintains U.S. presence in key region

Obama's Afghan agreement maintains U.S. presence in key region

By Brian M Downing President Obama whisked into Afghanistan unannounced, inked a somewhat nebulous yet significant agreement with Afghan president Hamid Karzai, then quickly returned home. It was an impressive diplomatic coup that guarantees an appreciable U.S. presence in the country over many years, for better or worse. Many regional powers wanted no such arrangement […]

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Emerging U.S. strategy builds a geopolitical economy along Chinas periphery

By Brian M Downing One can scarcely read anything on world affairs these days without seeing discussion of the decline of the U.S. and the rise of China. In recent weeks, however, President Obama spoke plainly, bluntly, and even disparagingly to China. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Obama chided China, urging it to put […]