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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 321

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Western leaders suffer from a ‘lack of geopolitical context’

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 ottobre 2014

prince michaelWestern political leaders and strategists are constantly taken by surprise by the turn of events, says Prince Michael of Liechtenstein, founder and chairman of intelligence consultancy Geopolitical Information Service. Recent examples include the sudden success and emergence of the Islamic terrorist group ISIS and Russia’s harsh reaction after Ukraine was offered an Eastern Partnership by the EU. ‘It appears that the accepted views on both sides of the Atlantic are not based on thorough, well-researched analysis and validated, unbiased information. Wishful thinking and populist politics, or party political beliefs are frequently the driver,’ he says. US President Barack Obama blamed his intelligence services for underestimating the rising threat of ISIS in Syria. ‘He found a scapegoat for his – nearly ideological – narrow-mindedness which has led to so many of his disastrous decisions and bumbling statements on Middle East policies,’ says Prince Michael. ‘These led to the ridiculous and toothless red lines he laid out towards Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad among his administration’s other blunders.’‘Relations towards Russia over Ukraine have also been handled badly,’ he adds. ‘A cocktail of verbal support for the Maydan protesters in Kiev combined with a refusal to give military support while provocatively insulting Russia by calling it only a ‘regional power’ was geopolitically toxic.’
The US administration includes 17 intelligence organisations with more than 200,000 employees. All major European countries also employ important intelligence communities. But their results are very poor.‘Data collected by armies of intelligence people which is not put in context may cost billions of dollars in wages but has limited value. Even more frightening is that Western leaders are ignoring the facts because of their quasi ideological, partisan prejudices,’ says Prince Michael.
HSH Prince Michael of Liechtenstein is founder and chairman of Geopolitical Information Service AG, as well as president of the think tank ECAEF (European Centre of Austrian Economics Foundation), based in Vaduz. He studied commerce at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and consolidated his studies by assignments for the banking and industrial sectors in Belgium, Canada and the USA. From 1978 to 1987 he worked for Nestlé SA in the fields of controlling, management and marketing on various markets in Europe and Africa. In 1987 he took over the management of Industrie- und Finanzkontor in Vaduz (Liechtenstein), an international advisory and fiduciary trust company, where he now holds the position of president.

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Russia must be considered a trade partner which should not be contained, says Prince Michael of Liechtenstein

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 giugno 2014

Putin Views Russian Arms On Display At ExpoRussian President Vladimir Putin could be thanked for the wake-up call he has given Europe, the US and Nato, says Prince Michael of Liechtenstein, founder and chairman of intelligence consultancy Geopolitical Information Service.
Russia’s intervention in Ukraine has underlined that close collaboration between Nato, the United States and Europe is crucial to defence of the West ‘However, this applies only if present Western efforts are sustained, as we hope. But what will happen to Ukraine?’ asks Prince Michael. Ukraine has a new, democratically-elected president who promises to fight corruption and carry out necessary reforms which had been neglected during the corrupt regime of President Viktor Yanukovych which, although democratically elected, had lost all legitimacy through its corruption. ‘Accession and free trade with the EU are the logical response to the promises Ukraine received from the West while fighting inclusion into President Putin’s Eurasian Union. But Ukraine’s economy will also need to continue good trading relations with Russia,’ he says. ‘In solving its economic problems Ukraine would need at least the four freedoms of exchange of people, goods, services and capital and a common market with the EU. This could also open privileged trading opportunities with Russia, as Russia also needs to trade with the EU.’ Russia must not be considered an adversary of the West, but as a trade partner which should not be contained. ‘Ukraine’s economy will not improve in a sustainable way, and expectations will be disappointed leading to increased destabilisation, unless the EU offers the four freedoms to Ukraine in due course and drops the visa obligation in the short term. A result of maintaining the borders between the EU and Ukraine to people, goods and services could be that it forces Ukraine to move closer to Russia,’ says Prince Michael. ‘This could provide Mr Putin with the opportunity to say, ‘Thank you EU.’’

 

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