Author Archives: Chirol

About Chirol

Sir Ignatius Valentine Chirol (1852 - 1929) was a journalist, prolific author, world historian, and British diplomat. He began his career as a foreign correspondent and later became editor of the London Times. After two decades as a journalist he joined Her Majesty's Foreign Ministry as a diplomat and was subsequently knighted for his distinguished service as a foreign affairs advisor. Additionally, he wrote a dozen books on foreign affairs including The Far Eastern Question (1896), Serbia and the Serbs (1914), The End of the Ottoman Empire (1920) and The Egyptian Problem (1921). He is generally credited with popularizing "Middle East" in reference to the Arabian Peninsula with his book The Middle Eastern Question (1903). "Chirol" is a US citizen and graduate student studying Defense and Strategic Studies and government contractor. As with the historical Chirol, he has traveled to over two dozen countries and lived abroad for many years. Chirol speaks English and German fluently with basic knowledge of manyl of others.

Proposal: Approving Volunteer Militias

Building on my recent post about self-sufficiency and reliance for individual security , I’d like to begin laying out a proposal for the US adopting small decentralized solutions to the problem of border security. This is not so dissimilar from … Continue reading

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Adam Gadahn Arrested! – or not

Breaking news, American born AQ member Adam Gadahn caught: KARACHI, Pakistan – The American-born spokesman for al-Qaida has been arrested by Pakistani intelligence officers in the southern city of Karachi, two officers and a government official said Sunday as video … Continue reading

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Chirol: Going Rogue

Over the past year and a half, readers have surely noticed two trends in my blogging. Firstly, the frequency has decreased compared to when I lived in Germany. Second, my interests are shifting from 90% foreign policy 10% domestic to … Continue reading

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Bidens Speech on the US Nuclear Arsenal

Several days ago, US Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech at the National Defense University outlining the current administration’s arms control agenda. It included pushing for US ratification of the CTBT, the ongoing START talks with Russia and reducing … Continue reading

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Citizenship: Drawing a Line

France, unlike other European countries, seems to be willing to draw clear lines regarding what citizenship and French values mean, and to deny it without concern over leftist or politically correct criticism. A recent case: The French government has refused … Continue reading

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Growing Insurgency in Russia

There has been yet another IED attack in Russia on the rail system. After Afghanistan and Iraq, Russia is one of the ‘hottest’ place for IED attacks and yet many go unreported in the mainstream news. Most target critical infrastructure … Continue reading

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Interagency Work

Via Bruce Schneier. Watch and wait for it.

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Oh and by the way . . .

The 2001 Anthrax attacks have yet to be solved and the case is still open. I think this is something some of us know but the details of the article will interest you. For the sake of conjecture, I’d posit … Continue reading

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Famous Russian Weapons that aren’t Russian

Aside from current events and geopolitics, we here at Coming Anarchy also dabble in our fair share of other topics including geography, history, law, religion and sociology. One topic we have occasionally covered has been weapons and technology. So, to … Continue reading

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A Bit of Realism Please?

While I imagine the headlines will be filled with tales of Haiti, from some individual tidbits to get your attention to tales of woe about its unlucky history, perhaps blaming outsiders, it’s time for a bit of realism. First of … Continue reading

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