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L. Todd Wood

L. Todd Wood

L. Todd Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, flew special operations helicopters supporting SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others. After leaving the military, he pursued his other passion, finance, spending 18 years on Wall Street trading emerging market debt, and later, writing. The first of his many thrillers is "Currency." Todd is a contributor to Fox Business, Newsmax TV, Moscow Times, the New York Post, the National Review, Zero Hedge and others. For more information about L. Todd Wood, visit LToddWood.com.

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Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal, left, and Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov shake hands, as Russia's special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev and Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaber Ansari, right, shake hands and UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura stand after the final statement following the talks on Syrian peace in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Russia, Iran and Turkey _ sponsors of talks in Kazakhstan between Syria and rebel factions _ pledged Tuesday to consolidate the country's nearly month-old cease-fire and set up a three-way mechanism to ensure compliance of all sides. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Kazakhstan, an unlikely purveyor of peace

With North Korea and Iran pushing the world towards Armageddon, there is one former nuclear power that has shown a measure of responsibility in the nuclear arena, and continues to be a catalyst for peace in the violent region of Central Asia. Published May 25, 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photographers prior to their bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, May 15, 2017. (Etienne Oliveau/Pool Photo via AP)

China to Philippines: 'We'll go to war' over South China Sea

After winning a United Nations tribunal ruling last year over the South China Sea, Philippine President Duterte promptly made friends with China and Russia in an afront to the United States and Obama, due to U.S. criticism over Duterte's war on drug dealers and other human rights issues. It seems this newfound lovefest between the two South Asian nations is built on shaky ground. Published May 23, 2017

CORRECTS TO UNDATED PHOTO - In this undated photo distributed by the North Korean government Monday, May 22, 2017, a solid-fuel "Pukguksong-2" missile lifts off during its launch test at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea fired a solid-fuel ballistic missile Sunday that can be harder for outsiders to detect before launch and later said the test was hailed as perfect by leader Kim Jong Un. The official Korean Central News Agency confirmed Monday the missile was a Pukguksong-2, a medium-to-long range ballistic missile also launched in February. The missile flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) and reached a height of 560 kilometers (350 miles) Sunday before plunging into the Pacific Ocean. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

N. Korea boasts of nuclear warhead capable to reach U.S.

The regime of Kim Jong-un conducted its second successful missile test recently after several failures on the launch pad or immediately after launch. North Korea now says it is ready to mass produce the Pukguksong-2 intermediate-range missile and boasts it can now target the U.S. mainland with a projectile large enough to carry a nuclear warhead. Published May 22, 2017

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, center, addresses the European Parliament, while EU Parliament president Antonio Tajani leaves in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU deepens its own crisis with attacks on Hungary, Poland

The European Parliament has condemned Hungary for human rights issues and a breakdown of the rule of law. Brussels is now threatening all-out financial war against both Hungary and Poland, among others, for alleged human rights abuses and anti-democratic policies and actions. But with conservative governments insisting on their sovereign right to protect their borders and preserve their national identities, Europe is headed for an existential crisis from which it may not recover in its current form. Published May 18, 2017

Much of the architecture in Uzbekistan reflects ancient Persian history.

Uzbekistan: A place where religious tolerance prevails

Our media are inundated with stories of strife, especially from the arch of instability which reaches from the Atlas Mountains to Afghanistan. However, there are some areas where one can experience moderate and tolerant Islam, which lived for centuries in peace with Christians and Jews. Take Uzbekistan in Central Asia. Published May 18, 2017

A woman walks by a TV news program showing images of North Korean missile launch, published in the country's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 15, 2017. North Korea said Monday the missile it launched over the weekend was a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. A jubilant leader Kim Jong Un promised more nuclear and missile tests and warned that North Korean weapons could strike the U.S. mainland and Pacific holdings. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

North Korea developing nuclear warheads faster than expected

South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo confirmed North Korea launched a missile Sunday which was large enough to carry a nuclear warhead and with the range to possibly deliver that warhead against targets on the mainland United States. This development is faster than many analysts had predicted for the North to acquire such a capability. Published May 17, 2017

Polls (Illustration by Gary Varvel for Creators Syndicate)

Fake polls threaten U.S. democracy

Even the mainstream media had to admit after the 2016 presidential election that the corporate media polls were just simply wrong. Most likely they were wrong because of a progressive, anti-Donald Trump agenda that attempted to discourage Republican voters and lower turnout against Hillary Clinton. Published May 15, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the Immortal Regiment march at the Red Square in Moscow on Tuesday to mark 72 years since the end of World War II and the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany. (Associated Press)

A change in the weather brings a chill to Russia's ambitions

After writing about Russia and her adventures abroad for almost a decade now, I've developed a personal barometer for how things are going inside the country -- and how they're being perceived from the outside. Over the past several years, especially since the Sochi Olympics, Moscow has been on a roll, with President Vladimir Putin skillfully playing a weak hand to almost single-handedly return Russia to a position of respect and prominence on the world stage. Published May 11, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reach out to shake hands after a news conference following their talks in Putin's residence in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The presidents of Russia and Turkey are holding talks on the situation in Syria and also the restoration of full economic ties between their two countries. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

Trump arms Kurds in affront to Turkey's Erdogan

Donald Trump has proved himself willing time after time to upset the way things have always been done. He is proving that again in the Syrian civil war and the fight against the Islamic State. Published May 9, 2017

The Botswana mining industry has been massively mismanaged, with executives and ministers siphoning money for personal gain. (Associated Press/File)

A cautionary commodities tale as Botswana's bonanza recedes

The global commodity meltdown, a consequence of the Chinese economic slowdown, has affected many a raw material-producing country around the world. But the largesse of an insatiable customer such as China was back in the boom times tends to mask underlying corruption and inefficiencies. With China now mired in its own titanic struggle for growth, these internal flaws are causing havoc for corrupt and incompetent governments that failed to anticipate the end of the boom. Published May 4, 2017

Pro-reform Iranian youths who support President Hassan Rouhani for the May 19 presidential election flash the victory sign as one of them holds Rouhani's poster in a campaign rally in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April, 29, 2017. Rouhani, Iran's president since 2013, is running for a second term in office. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran attempts sub-based missile launch

An Iranian Yono-class "midget" submarine attempted to launch a cruise missile from the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, according to U.S. officials. Published May 3, 2017

" As Russia reasserts itself in geopolitical affairs, steered by the consummate statesman Vladimir Putin, the memory of the bombing of Serbian forces in the Balkan wars of the 1990s is still fresh in the memory of many Russians," writes columnist L. Todd Wood. (Sergei Karpukhin/Pool Photo via AP)

More Balkan trouble brewing in region famous for mischief

We are seeing this scenario play itself out in the Balkans. The region is a flash point, a world conflict waiting to happen. Consider the charges traded by Albania and Serbia over accession to the European Union. As one reporter from the regional news service Tsarizm stated, it is obvious there is an imposed peace in the Balkans, a peace that right now looks very fragile. Published April 27, 2017

U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris Jr. testifies on Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on North Korea. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

U.S. admiral says Hawaii not fully protected from North Korean threat

The top U.S. commander in the Pacific theater, Admiral Harry Harris, said Hawaii may not be protected from the North Korean nuclear missile threat. North Korea has been steadily growing its nuclear arsenal and testing the ability to deliver a miniaturized warhead to far off targets via ballistic missile. Published April 26, 2017

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 file photo, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, right, speaks with his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama in Belgrade, Serbia. Serbian officials warned on Friday, April 21, 2017 of another war in the Balkans if Albanians try to form a joint state with Kosovo in the war-weary European region and the West does not reject such a plan.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

Serbia warns of another Balkan War

Serbian officials warned of another war in the Balkans, an infamous historical flashpoint for human conflict, if Albania moves forward with moves to create a 'super-Albanian' state for Muslims on the Balkan Peninsula, namely Kosovo. Published April 21, 2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrives with U.S. Gen. Vincent Brooks, second from right, commander of the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command, and South Korean Deputy Commander of the Combined Force Command Gen. Leem Ho-young, left, at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, South Korea, Monday, April 17, 2017. Viewing his adversaries in the distance, Pence traveled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

North Korea won't talk to China

As tensions rise over the North Korean nuclear program and its aggressive behavior toward the United States and its allies, the leader of the communist regime, Kim Jong-un, is not even talking to his long-term benefactor, China. Published April 17, 2017

U.S. soldier stand guard in Asad Khil near the site of a U.S. bombing in the Achin district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 17, 2017. U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon every used in combat by the U.S. military, Pentagon officials said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Russia undermining U.S. in Afghanistan by supporting Taliban

While the United States has been distracted by the 2016 election and the political upheaval that followed, Russia has been quietly aiding and abetting America's enemy in her longest war, the Taliban in Afghanistan. Published April 15, 2017