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Issue № 44. June 2014

Provocation as an Element of Strategic Communications of the USA: The Case Study of Ukraine

Evgeny N. Pashentsev

Ph.D., Professor, Moscow City Teachers’ Training University; Lomonosov Moscow State University; Director, Centre for Social and Political Studies and Consulting, Moscow, Russian Federation.

To make your foe act in a definite way through the planned escalation of events, thus losing his position, his tangible and intangible assets — that is the essence of any international provocation. It is possible to find in history a lot of examples of false flag operations with grave international consequences. The Bay of Tonkin incident in August, 1964 — where a North Vietnamese torpedo boat allegedly attacked a US warship — was the excuse the USA used to go full throttle into the Vietnam War. This false allegation led to millions of victims and massive social problems which persist to this day. In 1989, a questionable incident between the American and the Panamian troops led to an invasion of Panama. The leader of Panama Manuel Noriega was charged with drug trafficking, although the real reason for the invasion was Noriega’s insistence on claiming the Panama channel after the lease agreement with the USA expired. The official reason for the Second Gulf war was that Iraq was a clear and present danger to the US, with WMD’s available within less than an hour after the decision to assemble them has been made. The result was a long and chaotic civil war, which claimed hundreds of thousands of victims. The article analyzes the global purposes of strategic provocation of the USA in the Ukraine. In the framework of that provocation special attention is given to synchronization of different activities in various regions of the world.


Strategic provocation, strategic communications, the USA, Ukraine, Russia.

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