Defence

Turkish fighter jets buzz southern coast of Cyprus

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Five Turkish fighter jets entered Cyprus airspace on Wednesday and patrolled 30 miles off the southern coast of the island in what is seen as yet another provocation by… in.cyprus At around 10am on Wednesday morning, five Turkish fighter jets on patrol entered Cyprus airspace and maneuvered around the area of Apostolos… According to date from the… Turkish fighter jets… Read More »

A strategy for China’s imperial overstretch

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Not withstanding the facile talk of China’s “gains” from Donald Trump’s imagined withdrawal from the world, Beijing is no position to lead the world. Dan Blumenthal AEI Instead it is very close to imperial overstretch. A new U.S. strategic… A strategy for… Read More »

Defense at a Time of Strategic Transition

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America’s defense posture at the moment of the Obama-Trump handoff. Ashton B. Carter The National Interest Abridged remarks by then Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on receiving the CSIS Sam Nunn National Security Leadership Prize last month. Thanks for that… Defense at a Time… Read More »

Can NATO survive Turkey?

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It has become a staple of diplomatic rhetoric that, whatever problems the United States has with the current government in Turkey, diplomats must ameliorate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan because Turkey is too important to NATO and also a… Michael Rubin AEI Certainly, that is the position of the… Can NATO survive… 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 »

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 »

NATO survival will depend on Germany

US Defence Minister James Mattis greets officials as he attends a NATO defence ministers meetings at NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017.  / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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 »

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 »

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 »

Trump Faces Dilemma in Battle Against ISIS: Turkey or the Kurds

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While campaigning, Trump said he would attempt to bring Turkey and the Kurds together after years of hostilities in order to fight ISIS. Amir Tibon Haaretz Facts on the ground may force the U.S. president down a different path.. Last July, in the midst of the presidential election campaign, Donald Trump declared in an interview that he was “a big fan of the Kurds.” … Trump Faces Dilemma… Read More »

North Korea Fires Unidentified Ballistic Missile

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The launch came as Trump hosted Japan’s prime minister in Florida. The Huffington Post North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast early on Sunday, the first such test since U.S. President Donald Trump was elected, and… The test was of a medium- or… North Korea Fires… Read More »

The age of hyper-terrorism and ‘low cost’ terrorism

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On February 13, 2016, while speaking at the Munich Security Conference, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reflected on the terrorist attacks in Paris over the previous year. Michael Rubin AEI “We have entered…a new era characterized by the lasting presence of ‘hyper-terrorism,’ he declared, adding, “There will be attacks. Large-scale attacks… The age of… Read More »

Chinese ships sail near disputed Japanese islands

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The sailing comes just days after US Defense Secretary James Mattis reaffirmed America’s commitment to defending Japan and its disputed islands. Brad Lendon CNN According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, protests were lodged with the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo and in Beijing through the… Tensions have flashed numerous times in recent years over the… Chinese ships sail… Read More »

Who’s top rooster in the South China Sea?

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It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” there is a serious confrontation between Messrs Trump and Xi over “access” to the South China Sea. Pepe Escobar Asia Times The stakes could not be higher As we enter the… Who’s top rooster in… Read More »

Dark Knight of America’s soul

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Weapons, warriors & fear is the New Order for America William J. Astore Asia Times I came of age during America’s Cold War with the Soviet Union, witnessing its denouement while serving in the US military. In those days, the USSR led the world’s weapons trade, providing arms to the Warsaw Pact as well as… Dark Knight of… Read More »

In the Baltics, waiting for history to start up again

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As the Trump era begins, Lithuanians are preparing for the worst. Vijai Maheshwari Politco VILNIUS, Lithuania — A large plaque located in a central square in Lithuania’s capital city enshrines a phrase uttered by U.S. President George W. Bush during a visit in 2002: “Anyone who would choose Lithuania as an… In the Baltics, waiting for… Read More »