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A Chinese guard in Tiananmen Square
 

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

The whole world knows the peril Chen and his family are in. The right approach here is not to seek a “solution” that gets the governments of China and the US off the hook; it’s to stand by Chen and demand that he be treated with the respect for his rights as understood in the Helsinki Accords. While China is not a signatory to the Accords, their standard for freedom, travel and emigration, and reunification of families is the touchstone to be invoked in this instance.

President Obama announcing the killing of Obama bin Laden
 

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

President Barack Obama's recent self-congratulatory comments on the killing of Osama bin Laden must be viewed against the backdrop of past presidents, and how they related to the role of the military.

Samantha Power, nominated by President to replace Susan Rice as Ambassador to the United Nations
 

Posted on: April 30th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

President Obama recently unveiled the Atrocities Prevention Board, and appointed Samantha Power as its head; the same Samantha Power that has called Israel a "major human rights abuser." This is only one of the many troubling aspects of this new initiative.

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Demonstrations for Syria
 

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

A solution in which the Syrian people are empowered to operate more freely in a true multi-party government, under the aegis of multinational protection against both Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, would be the most desirable, achievable outcome. It is not possible to broker this outcome while ignoring Russia.

Map of the Strait of Hormuz
 

Posted on: February 28th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

Iran is making full use of strategic ambiguity on the high seas to advance its interests and dictate outcomes. Unless each new measure is directly challenged, strategic ambiguity would be a lot more fun for Iran than for the rest of us.

Iranian warships
 

Posted on: February 23rd, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

Did Iran's warships actually visit Syria this past week as was widely reported, or did was that Iranian disinformation?

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Posted on: February 19th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

The only way to secure a positive outcome in Syria is to use US power, under US strategic direction, to do it. This has never necessarily meant military intervention, but it does necessarily mean acting with purpose and determination, rather than throwing random reconnaissance assets into the fray while handing the political problem over lock, stock, and barrel to the Arab League and the UN.

spetsnaz-cauc
 

Posted on: February 13th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

Robert Mackey at New York Times’ The Lede has a Friday post entitled “Crisis in Syria Looks Very Different on Satellite Channels Owned by Russia and Iran.” Well, no kidding.  It’s nice to see NYT catching up with the rest of the infosphere.  But it’s not just in Russian and Iranian media that the crisis […]

Esfahan_SatelliteImagery_23March2006_TunnelEntrances
 

Posted on: November 29th, 2011

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

Local officials are offering different explanations for the blast that rocked Esfahan (also spelled Isfahan) a few hours ago. It will be some time before there is enough information to make a good assessment, but a few things can be said now.

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