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Thread for geo-political analysis and for posting interesting articles. 

Looking to discuss the more serious goings on in the world rather than Trump tweets or what Ruth's baby should be called.

Also no dodgy or poor quality sources.

 

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Germany fully approves Russia-built Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-germany-nordstream/germany-fully-approves-russia-built-nord-stream-2-gas-pipeline-idUSKBN1H31IF

Germany's reliance on Russian gas one of the largest reasons why they aren't as anti-Russian as France or the UK.

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Great thread - I love my geopolitics.

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall was a great holiday read a couple of years ago - explains a lot about a lot of $hit that happens.

For example Putin has no huge respect for Assad - but he loves being able to dock his fleet in the warm water port of Latakia.

 

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11 minutes ago, tarapoa said:

Great thread - I love my geopolitics.

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall was a great holiday read a couple of years ago - explains a lot about a lot of $hit that happens.

For example Putin has no huge respect for Assad - but he loves being able to dock his fleet in the warm water port of Latakia.

 

Don't we all?

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Ok, not strictly 'geopolitics' but in terms of 'foreign affairs' , The Diplomat is a useful source for reading about what's going on in the whole Asia-Pacific sphere. 

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Not that Pie and Bovril is the place for it, but if you genuinely do want legitimate international relations discussion, the following link is one of the best uses of the web I've ever seen.

https://www.cfr.org/interactives/time-kurds#!/?cid=soc-at-the_time_of_the_kurds-infoguide

 

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On 9 May 2018 at 12:33, tarapoa said:

Great thread - I love my geopolitics.

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall was a great holiday read a couple of years ago - explains a lot about a lot of $hit that happens.

For example Putin has no huge respect for Assad - but he loves being able to dock his fleet in the warm water port of Latakia.

 

Good shout. It was  an interesting read on holiday last year.

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On 5/9/2018 at 12:33, tarapoa said:

Great thread - I love my geopolitics.

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall was a great holiday read a couple of years ago - explains a lot about a lot of $hit that happens.

For example Putin has no huge respect for Assad - but he loves being able to dock his fleet in the warm water port of Latakia.

3 main reasons for Russia supporting Assad:

1) The navy port as you said - this is by far the most important one as it is Russia's only access to the Med.

2) Gas/Oil Pipeline Logistics

3) Generally the Soviet Union supported similar type of leaders to Assad so relatively secular and "socialist" dictators. Russian policy with Syria is a continuation of that.

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On 5/10/2018 at 12:33, Savage Henry said:

Not that Pie and Bovril is the place for it, but if you genuinely do want legitimate international relations discussion, the following link is one of the best uses of the web I've ever seen.

https://www.cfr.org/interactives/time-kurds#!/?cid=soc-at-the_time_of_the_kurds-infoguide

Very pro-Kurdish but not suprising to see that considering the biases of the source.

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Very pro-Kurdish but not suprising to see that considering the biases of the source.


Yeah, didn’t think you’d be taking this thread seriously.

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