Under the Shadows of the Levant: A Syrian Question

As the situation in the Syrian civil war continues to worsen, the world is faced with one glaring question: What to do? Can the situation be salvaged? Can the al-Assad regime, with the aid of Iran, China and Russia actually regain control? Can the West win the proxy war? What will happen to all those chemical weapons? Above all else the world must answer the first question: What to do? At this point, it maybe best for the world to adopt a policy of containment, instead of intervention.

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The Perception of Victory

The North Korean situation developing currently raised a lot of fundamental questions. Is Kim Jong Un that insane, that deluded, that he would risk national suicide by starting a war with the Republic of Korea? After all, attacking the ROK will result in a fight where the DPRK not only has to face the ROK military (itself a formidable force) but also the might of the U.S. military’s presence in Korea and the Japanese Self Defense Force. Does Kim Jong Un (henceforth KJU) believe he can win against such odds? Conventional wisdom says no. However, it is possible that our analysis failed to account one of the most important factor that begins wars throughout human history: The¬†psychological¬†factors that allow for different perceptions of victory and the burden of necessity. When viewed from this angle, then war on the Korean peninsula – although unlikely – is closer than we think.

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