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Impressions of Partnership in a Post-Western World Order from Munich

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Munich — The Munich Security Conference’s central theme this year stemmed from a concern shared among transatlantic allies about three simultaneous trends: Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer GMF the weakening of the pillars of the international liberal order; the risks of a global leadership vacuum left by an “America First” policy and a divided Europe; and the “intermestic” threats posed to… Impressions of Partnership… Read More »

China Threatens to Deny Passage Rights through Peripheral Seas

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On Tuesday, Chinese state media reported that the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council is considering amendments to the 1984 Maritime Traffic Safety Law. World Affairs Journal “The revisions are based on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and Chinese laws on the seas, adjacent areas, and exclusive economic zones,” noted the… China Threatens to… Read More »

Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

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Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move towards an assault on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. BBC Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions early on Sunday. The progress on Sunday in the… Mosul assault: Iraq… Read More »

US carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea

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A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the… Hurriyet Reuters China’s Foreign Ministry on Feb. 15 warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the… The U.S. navy said the… US carrier group… Read More »

Britain attempts to brand journalists as spies

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The UK government is considering new laws that target journalists who obtain or share state secrets. Jim Killock Al Jazeera News British journalists could be treated as spies, and given up to 14 years in prison for handling state secrets, if proposals by the UK’s Law Commission become law. In 2015, the Commission… Britain attempts to… Read More »

Russia Says It Wants a ‘Post-West World Order’

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(MUNICH) — Russia wants pragmatic relations with the United States but also is hoping for the creation of a “post-West world order,” the country’s foreign minister said Saturday, dismissing the NATO military alliance as a relic of the Cold War.. Associated Press  TIME Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comments at the… Russia Says It… Read More »

China Cannot Be Expected to Punish North Korea

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In fact, China might exploit U.S. beliefs about its ability to control North Korea. Joel Wuthnow The National Interest North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launch—the first to occur during the Trump administration—once again raises the question of how the United States should handle the North Korean nuclear program, and… China Cannot Be… Read More »

Vietnam’s Got a New South China Sea Strategy

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The Vietnam People’s Navy is shifting from sea denial to counter-intervention. Koh Swee Lean Collin The National Interest In 1287, Gen. Omar Khan of the Yuan Dynasty led a sizeable invasion force, including numerous war junks, against Dai Viet (present.. With battle-hardened Mongols forming the vanguard, it seemed as if the… Vietnam’s Got a New… Read More »

Brexit Britain’s Nato strategy is fatally flawed

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Theresa May wants to engage with our European neighbours to secure our defences, but her government’s most pressing policy is to shun them Martin Kettle The Guardian The phrase, in different forms, is as familiar as any in politics. “The first duty… Brexit Britain’s Nato… Read More »

NATO survival will depend on Germany

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Europe is $100 billion short of strategic autonomy. Fabrice Pothier Politico Berlin could close that gap. The United States will… NATO survival will… Read More »

Flynn, Russia and the World of Conspiracy Thinking

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Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has a well deserved reputation for conspiracy thinking. Melvin Goodman CounterPunch Presumably he will assume that the U.S. intelligence community, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the.. Ironically, the Kremlin, which has lived historically in a… Flynn, Russia and… Read More »

Defense Secretary Mattis issues new ultimatum to NATO allies on defense spending

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BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an ultimatum Wednesday to allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, warning that if they do not boost their defense spending to goals set by the… Dan Lamothe and Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post “I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the… Defense Secretary Mattis… Read More »

My generation fought for equality and security. But that spirit seems lost now

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Brexit Britain is stumbling blindly into separation from a stable community – and social injustice is on the rise. Franklin Medhurst The Guardian We need to rediscover what’s important to us There are alive… My generation fought… Read More »

Why NATO needs a European pillar

OBERVIECHTACH, GERMANY - JANUARY 19:  Soldiers of armored infantry battalion Panzergrenadierbataillon 122 of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, attend a ceremony to mark their pending deployment to Lithuania on January 19, 2017 in Oberviechtach, Germany. A total of 450 soldiers from the unit as well as armored equipment that includes Marder light tanks will begin deploying at the end of January as part of the NATO mission "Enhanced Forward Presence" to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the three Baltic states.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

If Europe tries to protect the alliance only by ‘buying’ American commitment through increased defense spending, it will fail. Jean-Marie Guehenno Politico Europeans have every reason to worry about U.S. President Donald Trump. He has declared… Why NATO needs… Read More »

China upset at disputed islands mention in Japan-U.S. meeting

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China’s Foreign Ministry expressed concern on Monday after Japan got continued U.S. backing for its dispute with Beijing over islands in the… Reuters A joint Japanese-U.S. statement after the weekend meeting in the United States said the two leaders affirmed that Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan security treaty covered the… China upset at… Read More »

Can Trump and Netanyahu Make Progress Toward the “Ultimate Deal”?

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As U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepare to meet, the fundamentals of the… Ofer Zalzberg ICG What aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are Trump and Netanyahu likely to discuss at their meeting in Washington on 15… The meeting will be crucial for the… Can Trump and… Read More »