Defence

China’s sea militarisation ‘troubling’: Philippine defence chief

China’s militarisation of the South China Sea is “very troubling” and neither peaceful nor friendly, the Philippines’ defence secretary said on… AFP Daily Mail  President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to improve his nation’s relations with China by adopting a non-confrontational approach over their competing claims in the strategically… China’s sea militarisation… Read More »

Why Trump, and Asia, need Randy Forbes as US Navy secretary

One man sticks out as having the knowledge, experience and expertise to confront the naval challenges America faces in Asia, writes Harry J. Kazianis Harry J. Kazianis Asia Times As the world takes stock of the upcoming transfer of power in Washington, DC, the US military faces tremendous challenges to what seemed, for a time, its limitless ability to project power around the globe and protect its… Why Trump, and Asia, need… Read More »

The Real Culprit in Defense Spending: Strategic Hubris

Fighting waste, fraud and abuse, while popular, distracts from the real debate: U.S. grand… Christopher A. Preble The National Interest There is a wide and growing gap between what officials in Washington demand of the military and the resources made available to execute its… Fixing this… The Real Culprit… Read More »

Poland welcomes US troops as part of NATO buildup

Russia says US troop buildup is ‘a threat’ Laura Smith-Spark and Atika Shubert, CNN Zagan, Poland (CNN) – Poland’s leaders are set to stage a formal welcome ceremony Saturday for the biggest US troop deployment to Europe in… Some 4,000 US soldiers have been deployed as… Poland welcomes US… Read More »

The Observer view on Turkey and Putin’s malign patronage

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blames the US for many of his country’s troubles but we must be wary of his closer ties with Russia Observer editorial The Guardian Little noticed amid the uproar over last week’s terrorist attacks in Izmir and Istanbul has been Turkey’s linked escalation of a The Observer view… Read More »

Why Russia, Turkey and Iran are natural allies

­ The ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran has opened the way to peace talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and opposition. Adrian Campbell The Conversation The Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, will play peacemaker and the timing of the… Why Russia, Turkey… Read More »

Russia starts scaling down Syria military deployment

Russia’s military on Jan. 6 said it has begun scaling back its deployment to Syria, with Moscow’s sole aircraft carrier ordered to leave the conflict zone first. Hurriyet MOSCOW – Agence France–Presse “In accordance with the decision of the supreme commander of the Russian armed forces Vladimir Putin, the… Russia starts scaling… Read More »

Why Iran Wants So Many Ballistic Missiles

Iran and the West both see a terrifying threat on the other side. Farhad Rezaei The National Interest Unlike Iran’s nuclear program, the country’s arsenal of ballistic missiles has received only scant scholarly attention. At best… Why Iran Wants… Read More »

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2017

From Turkey to Mexico, the list of the world’s most volatile flashpoints got a lot more unpredictable this year BY JEAN-MARIE GUÉHENNO Foreign Policy The world is entering its most dangerous chapter in decades. The sharp uptick in war over recent years is outstripping our ability to cope with the… 10 Conflicts to… Read More »

Could Turkey steal nuclear weapons installed in US bases?

Does Turkey have the military capabilities to attack and take nuclear weapons stored within its own boundaries? * 12 Answers As a retired USAF member, please understand that my comments can NOT confirm nor deny if nuclear weapons are at Incirlik AB. Quora My answer relies on widely sourced material in the media and on the internet. So please understand that I’m couching my answers for this reason. So, could Turkey steal any weapons on the base? Yes, they could. ... Read More »

US, Russia in exchange of words over nuclear

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump called for an expansion of the United States’ nuclear capabilities on Dec. 22, to which Russian President Vladimir Putin said there was “nothing unusual” in these statements. Hurriyet In his Twitter post, Trump said Dec. 22, “The United States must greatly strengthen and… US, Russia in… Read More »

Mattis’s First Order Of Business In Central Command: Fire Mike Flynn

Future Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis removed former Army Lt. Gen. and future National Security Advisor Mike Flynn from his intelligence role in Afghanistan, according to Army documents obtained by the Washington Post. The Daily Caller Russ Read Mattis removed Flynn from his position in 2010 after Flynn was investigated by Central Command (CENTCOM) for sharing classified information with Pakistani officials. Mattis took over as head of… Mattis’s First Order Of Business In… Read More »

Why Abe Is Seeking a Settlement with Russia

In Asia’s unstable regional context, it makes more strategic sense than at any time for Japan to forge a peace treaty with Russia. The National Interest Tomohiko Taniguchi, Daniel Bob Vladimir Putin is slated to visit Japan on December 15 and… Why Abe Is… Read More »

China investments make UK think twice about South China Sea

Britain’s two new aircraft carriers unlikely to launch “freedom of navigation” operations in disputed waters Asia Times Emanuele Scimia Despite what Britain’s Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch said at a recent Heritage Foundation forum, the UK currently has no plans to dispatch two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers it is currently building to… China investments make UK think twice about… Read More »