“My [Dr. Mark Galeotti] first comment piece for Business New Europe: on Putin’s guerrilla geopolitics”

“In this new Great Game, spies and political operators will be every bit as crucial as tanks and helicopters.” Dr Mark Galeotti of NYU will be writing on the current situation in Ukraine using his extensive knowledge of Russian geopolitics and guerrilla warfare. I strong recommend his blog, “In Moscow’s Shadows.”

In Moscow’s Shadows: http://inmoscowsshadows.wordpress.com/

In Moscow's Shadows

In what will be the first I hope of a regular series of comments for Business New Europe, today I explore to greater depth the way that Putin’s political techniques in Ukraine in many ways are a counterpart to the military tactics of the successful guerrilla. Here are the first and last paragraphs as a taster:

Successful guerrillas master the art of asymmetric warfare, making sure that the other side has to play the game by their rules and doesn’t get the opportunity to take advantage of its probably superiority in raw firepower. Appreciating the massive military, political and economic preponderance of the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin is demonstrating that he is a master of asymmetric politics.

In this new Great Game, spies and political operators will be every bit as crucial as tanks and helicopters. More to the point, it demands flexibility, ruthlessness and clarity of…

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