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Keys to interpreting news about the Georgia – Russia fighting

Let’s leave the analysis to the experts. As a consumer of analysis, are there any general lessons we can find in the wealth of reporting on the Internet about the fighting in Georgia?  Of course, these are just general rules — one man’s guidelines for sorting wheat from chaff on the Internet. Avoid analysts discussing the …

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Perhaps *the* question about the Georgia – Russia conflict

Excerpt from Stratfor’s “Intelligence Guidance: Dust Clearing In Georgia”, 9 August 2008 — Stratfor does this sort of thing well, among the best at this of the public geopolotical shops in my opinion. Some major questions remain open. First, what motivated the Georgians to invade South Ossetia on the night of Aug. 7? Why did …

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The Russia-Georgia war threatens one of the world’s oil arteries

The world’s oil supply chain depends on a small number of key components, many of which are both vulnerable and in zones of conflict.  This obvious to most of us, except the maniacs urging selling off much of our Strategic Petroleum Reserve (to get the money, to temporarily depress oil prices, to hurt speculators — for …

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The US economic crisis – status report at 18 months

Brad Setser, economist at the Council on Foreign Relations, explains how we have weathered the economic crisis that started (arbitrarily) in December 2006.  He shows that we have avoided a recession or currency crisis, but at the cost of global imbalances growing even larger.  That just defers the date of eventually re-balancing, and ensures the cost …

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A lesson in war-mongering: “Maritime Strategy in an Age of Blood and Belief”

Summary:  This post describes an article wells worth reading, a sophisticated example of war-mongering.  For a contrast see Geopolitical analysis need not be war-mongering.  At the end are links to other articles on this topic. This is a review of “Maritime Strategy in an Age of Blood and Belief“, Sandy Winnefeld (Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy), Proceedings, …

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