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It’s Time to Continue a ‘Russia-US’ Dialogue on Syria

The US Department of Defense called on to expand the channels of communication with Russia so that to ensure security in the world. According to the Pentagon, closer communication with the Russians will help to prevent conflicts in Europe, Syria and the Pacific.

“In case of a crisis, I want to have a number of open communication channels so that we can talk in real time,” – said the 19th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford.

Screenshot from the official site ‘U.S. Department of Defense’

The sides have already started creating a new communication channel. It is supposed that it will allow working even more successfully to reduce the risk of confrontation in future. This was reported by the press secretary of General Dunford. The parties discussed the creation of a new communication channel on March during the meeting in Antalya, Turkey, with the chiefs of staffs of the Armed Forces of Russia and Turkey.

In recent years, incidents between Russian and US military have become more frequent. They include a dangerous rapprochement and ‘unprofessional behavior’ of pilots and crews of warships.

5 things to our knowledge about Gen. Joseph Dunford:

JCS’s chairman Joseph Dunford

Following in dad’s footsteps
Dunford, 59, joined the Marine Corps in 1977, following in the footsteps of his father, a Marine who served in Korea and later became a Boston police officer. Raised in South Boston and later Quincy, Massachusetts, he’s a die-hard Red Sox fan who kept team caps in his office in Kabul during his 2013-14 Afghanistan tour as the top U.S. commander there. President Barack Obama, during Tuesday’s announcement at the White House, noted: “The only downside in my book is as a White Sox fan, there is yet another Red Sox fan who I’m going to have to be dealing with.”

He’s Irish Catholic, the same as the current chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey. He attended St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., Georgetown University, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

“Fighting Joe”

He earned the nickname “Fighting Joe” when he led the 5th Marine Regiment during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and is known as a relentless, energetic commander. His staff members sometimes carry a voice recorder with them to keep up with his commands and ideas.

Talking to troops
His selection as the nominee for chairman was hailed on the Marine Corps’ Facebook page with the customary Marine salute: “Ooh-Rah, Sir!” But Dunford’s own Twitter account had no mention of the announcement, in keeping with his usual self-effacing, soft-spoken nature. Known for his compassion with troops, Dunford often sent handwritten condolence letters to families of the fallen. But he also would talk at length about the toll the Afghanistan war was having on the local forces, and while serving in Kabul he would attend weekly services honoring the Afghans who were killed in the fight.

On the list
He was #7 on Fortune magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” in 2014. The magazine quoted Dunford as saying that his first battalion commander told him the three rules to success. The first? Surround yourself with good people. “Over the years,” said Dunford, “I’ve forgotten the other two.”


Courtesy of Dunford’s biography: Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press

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