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Porkins Great Game episode 17 The Unquiet Frontier

The wait is over! Christoph and I are back for another jam packed episode of Porkins Great Game. We begin by discussing the new direction that we will be taking the show in. Christoph and I explain why we will be focusing less on Central Asia and the Caucuses, and more on the the “global rimland.” We then move onto a discussion of the influential book The Unquiet Frontier by A Wess Mitchell and Jakub Grygiel. We talk about who Mitchell and Gryiel are, their careers at the Center for European Policy Analysis, and their current positions with in the State Department. Christoph and I then explore what is actually in The Unquiet Frontier and why it is such an important book. We talk about their theory of the global rimland and the policies that Mitchell and Gryiel lay out for the US empire. Next we talk about how these polices are quite identical to Trump’s foreign policy. We also touch on Trump’s recent foreign policy speech which appears to have been heavily influenced by The Unquiet Frontier.

Next Christoph and I talk about the recent political developments in Ukraine. We focus specifically on the recent assassination of Chechen fighter Timur Makhauri in Kiev. We talk about who Makhauri was and his complex history with Georgia and their security services. Christoph talks about the chaos that Ukraine has been plunged into since the US backed revolution. The two of us discuss how Kiev has been turned into a hot bed for Chechen terrorists, hitman, and all sorts of unsavory characters. Christoph also gives us his perspective as to what might be in store for Katharine in the near future.

We finish of the episode by turning to our favorite former Georgian Prime Minister Mikheil Saakashvilli, and his recent troubles in his adoptive home of Odessa. We chronicle Saakashvilli’s rise and fall as governor of the Odessa Oblast. We focus on his bombastic nature and his clashes with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Chistoph and I then move onto Saakashvilli’s insane arrest in Kiev, his escape from a police van, and his eventual re-arrest. We talk about what this means for Saakashvilli in the near future, and how his fate is identical to every other authoritarian leader who has aligned themselves with the US.

Download PGG episode 17

Show Notes:

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Trump, Mitchell and “The Unquiet Frontier”

Biography A. Wess Mitchell

Jakub Grygiel on the State Department Policy Planning Staff

CEPA – How We Are Funded

Central European Security After Crimea: The Case for Strengthening NATO’s Eastern Defenses

Predators on the Frontier

“The Unquiet Frontier”

McMaster Review: Probing for Weakness

McMaster NSS Preview feat. “The Unquiet Frontier”

Trump’s National Security Strategy (NSS)

Saudi video shows kingdom’s troops as ‘liberators’ of Tehran

U.S. looks to Germany to stop Baltic undersea Russian gas pipeline

Chechen “Freedom Fighters” Killed in Ukraine:

A Chechen Fighter Was Killed In A Kyiv Car Bombing. Who Was He?

Islamic Battalions, Stocked With Chechens, Aid Ukraine in War With Rebels

Chechen Jihadis Leave Syria, Join the Fight in Ukraine

Requiem for a Hit Man

Russia blamed for attack on Chechen pair who fought with Ukrainians

Saakashvili vs. Poroshenko:

Mikheil Saakashvili quits as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region

Ukraine president strips one-time ally Saakashvili of citizenship

Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili barges across Ukraine border

Ex-Georgia president dragged away by masked special agents in Kiev – video

Supporters free ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili from Ukrainian police amid chaotic scenes

Protesters gather in Kiev after police recapture ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili

Thousands of Saakashvili supporters stage protest against Ukraine president

Ukrainian judge frees Saakashvili from detention

Saakashvili expects deportation amid New Year holidays (Video)

Saakashvili has documents allowing him to go to Netherlands – media

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Porkins Great Game ep. 8 Proxy War in Transnistria

We start this month’s episode by looking at the recent escapades of our good friend Mikhail Saakashvili. We begin by looking at Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko’s appointment of Saakashvili as governor of Odessa. Christoph and I discuss how this corrupt war criminal will now be in charge of a politically and economically important region of Ukraine. We also touch on the tricky game that is being played with Saakashvili and his Georgian citizenship. Later we focus on why Saakashvili was chosen to rule this region, focusing mostly on the bordering pro-Russian breakaway state of Transnistria. Christoph explains how Saakashvili may be part of a concerted effort to foment a proxy war between the West and Russia by using Transnistira as a staging ground. We talk about the deportation of Russian troops by the Moldovian government, as well as the placement of anti-aircraft missiles on the border between Ukraine and Transnistria.

Our second story is a look at the political situation in Azerbaijan. The unending tit-for-tat fight between Azerbaijan and the US continues, as the Caucasus nation yet again cracks down on pro-western forces. Christoph and I also take a look at the European Games which are being played right now in Baku. We discuss how Azerbaijan has used the Games as a pretext to ban both Amnesty International and the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe. Christoph also updates us on recent pipeline-politics developments in Azerbaijan.

For our third story we turn once again to the Northern Afghanistan and the increased fighting going on there. We break down some of the recent victories the Taliban has had over Afghan forces throughout Badakshan Province. The once untouched region is now slowly falling bit by bit to Taliban fighters, while the West continues to downplay the security situation in the North. Christoph and I also update our listeners on some of the recent peace talks taking place in Xinjiang between the Taliban and the Afghan government, brokered by Pakistan’s ISI. We end this section by looking at recent defections of Taliban fighters to ISIS and how ISIS is slowly becoming the dominant force in Afghanistan.

We close out this month’s episode with two bizarre stories that touch on ongoing Gladio operations. First we talk about the most recent high profile ISIS fighter to emerge, Tajik commander Gulmurod Halimov, what he might actually be up to and the similarities between him and other Gladio/CIA operatives. We finish off with an interesting terrorism case in London that had to be stopped when it became clear that MI6 was arming and funding the very group the state was going after.

Download PGG episode 8

Show Notes: 

Saakashvili’s appointment in Odessa:

The New Great Game Round-Up #97 – Saakashvili’s Appointment Spells More Trouble For Transnistria

The New Great Game Round-Up #99 – Poroshenko & Saakashvili Open Another Front In Ukrainian Conflict Georgia’s ex-official becomes Odessa police chief

Saakashvili Gets Down To Business In Odesa

Azerbaijan – European Games, Russian Nabucco:

The New Great Game Round-Up #98 – Aliyev Regime Not Interested In “Western Democracy”, Kicks Out OSCE

The New Great Game Round-Up #99 – New Pipeline Projects Leave “Land Of Fire” Out In The Cold

OMV bastelt eine russische Nabucco-Pipeline (German)

Die Presse: OMV May Be Planning ‘Russian Nabucco’ Gas Pipeline

Afghan spillover:

The New Great Game Round-Up #96 – Tajikistan, CSTO Prepare For Afghan Spillover

The New Great Game Round-Up #98 – Afghan Spillover High On The Agenda During CSTO, SCO Meetings

Qatar Secures Release Of Taliban-Held Tajikistani Border Guards

Afghan peace talks:

The New Great Game Round-Up #97 – Renewed Hope For Afghan Peace Talks

Taliban vs. ISIS:

The New Great Game Round-Up #95 – Taliban Trying To Match ISIS Brutality As Both Groups Clash

The New Great Game Round-Up #99 – Iran Backs Taliban To Counter U.S., ISIS In Afghanistan

Weird terrorism stories:

The New Great Game Round-Up #97 – Tajikistan’s War On Islam Backfires As OMON Commander Joins ISIS

Terror trial collapses after fears of deep embarrassment to security services

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