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NATO says no ‘meeting of minds’ with Russia

NATO and Russia failed to overcome deep differences over Ukraine on July 13 in their first talks since the alliance approved a troop boost in Eastern Europe, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said. Russia proposed steps to improve air safety over the Baltics after a series of military near misses but Stoltenberg admitted there was “not a meeting of minds” on theUkraine conflict… Source: NATO says no ‘meeting of minds’ with Russia – INTERNATIONAL Read More »

Lessons from History to Defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda

Current counter-terrorism strategic communications efforts can take a much-needed morale boost from history. Long-term commitment to these efforts in support of both national security and broader foreign policy interests will be essential to foster the organisational stability and learning required to meet current and future challenges. There is still reason for optimism in the battle against extremist propaganda. One of the most pressing national security issues facing many Western governments is how to improve counter-terrorism strategic… Source: Lessons from History to ... Read More »

Canadian soldiers are the new NATO deterrents

Evan Solomon on why some NATO allies are more equal than others.. Deterrence. It’s the coldest of the Cold War terms and suddenly, like an old piece of meat left in the back of the freezer, it’s been thawed, reheated and put back on the Canadian military menu. At the recent NATO Summit in Warsaw, Canada announced it will lead one of the four new NATO battle groups based in the Baltics and Poland, sending up to 500 soldiers, six ... Read More »

Landmark South China Sea Ruling Could Revive Negotiations

An international tribunal has issued a sweeping ruling against China in a landmark case brought by the Philippines over disputed claims in the South China Sea. Beijing rejected the ruling, but the judgment’s legal clarity could ultimately provide the basis of a better, durable, negotiated outcome for the many parties involved… Source: Landmark South China Sea Ruling Could Revive Negotiations | Crisis Group Read More »

SPENCER ZIFCAK. Chilcot: The War and the Law

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As is now well known, the Chilcot Report on the British Government’s planning, execution and aftermath of the Iraq war provided a scathing critique of almost every aspect of the Prime Minister’s and government’s conduct. There is one facet of this deplorable episode that has not yet received any adequate consideration in the Australian media. This concerns the politicisation of the process that led to the UK Government’s conclusion that the war was lawful… Source: SPENCER ZIFCAK. Chilcot: The War ... Read More »

The FBI has collected 430,000 iris scans in a so-called ‘pilot program’

Critics say the agency project includes few privacy protections.. By Colin Lecher and Russell Brandom As a modestly sized department — policing 2 million citizens with just over 1,800 sworn officers — the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department doesn’t seem like it would be on the cutting edge of surveillance technology. But the department has quietly become one of the most productive nodes in a nationwide iris-scanning project, collecting iris data from at… Source: The FBI has collected 430,000 iris scans ... Read More »

South China Sea: China waives the rules

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China has no legal basis for its territorial claims in the South China Sea. The ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, an arm of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), was widely predicted, but was a metaphorical bombshell, nevertheless. The worry now is that it could presage the deployment of the real things in a part of the world that has become synonymous with unresolved strategic tension. By finding in the ... Read More »

Fighting flares again in South Sudan capital after UN demand for restraint

Heavy fighting erupted again in South Sudan’s capital on July 11 a day after the U.N. Security Council told rivals President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar to rein in their forces and end days of violence that have left scores dead.. A Reuters witness saw two helicopters overhead firing apparently in the direction of Machar’s political and military headquarters. Residents reported tanks on the street. A U.N. official said heavy gunfire had erupted around U.N. bases again… Source: Fighting ... Read More »

NATO renews Afghanistan mission

NATO countries agreed on July 9 to extend their military mission in Afghanistan amid continuing threats from the Taliban.. Speaking to reporters at a key summit in Warsaw, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said alliance members decided to continue their non-combat training and assistance mission into next year… Source: NATO renews Afghanistan mission – INTERNATIONAL Read More »

Why America’s Enemies Still Fear the F-15 Eagle

It’s the ultimate air superiority fighter.. For nearly three decades, the F-15 Eagle fighter was considered the undisputed king of the skies. Until the debut of its replacement, the F-22 Raptor, the F-15 was the U.S. Air Force’s frontline air superiority fighter. Even today, a modernized Eagle is still considered a formidable opponent, and manufacturer Boeing has proposed updated versions that could keep the airframe flying for the better part of a century… Source: Why America’s Enemies Still Fear the ... Read More »

When Australia goes to war, public trust depends on better oversight

The world is absorbing the implications of the long-awaited release of the Chilcot inquiry into the United Kingdom’s decision to go to war in Iraq. Australia, however, has spent comparatively little time learning lessons from the deployment of thousands of troops to fight overseas in recent years. An official war history has just been commissioned; if past form is any guide, it will be at least a decade before it is completed. In any event, its brief is to recount ... Read More »

With eye on Brexit, NATO tackles Russia

In all these past six years and nine months since October 9, 2009 when President Barack Obama heard he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he would not have had a more embarrassing.. President Vladimir Putin was calling him, and as it turned out, the Russian leader wanted to discuss the issues of peace-making in regional conflicts affecting three former Soviet republics (Azerbaijan, Armenia and Ukraine) – and the tortuous path leading to peace in Syria. Putin was following up ... Read More »

The Turkish-Israeli Reconciliation: A Balance Sheet

The Turkish-Israeli reconciliation – while raising legitimate moral questions – yielded terms very much in Israel’s favor, compared to where things stood recently. Legal threats have been averted, Turkish pressure over the siege of Gaza has been lifted, and the prospects for full Israeli participation in NATO activities are significantly brighter. The rapprochement should have no ill effect on Israel’s relationships with other friends and allies in the Eastern Mediterranean… Source: The Turkish-Israeli Reconciliation: A Balance Sheet | Begin-Sadat Center ... Read More »

The Istanbul attack and Turkish policy toward Syria

The terror attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on 28 June was by no means an unpredictable development. Indeed, it was the probably inevitable next stage in the deterioration of relations between the government of Turkey and the Islamic State organisation—from collusion, via tolerant indifference, to antagonism and now to full scale confrontation. Source: The Istanbul attack and Turkish policy toward Syria | The Strategist Read More »

Duterte’s South China Sea dilemma

Fresh into office, the Philippines’ newly-elected President Rodrigo Duterte is set to face arguably his toughest foreign policy challenge. Though much of his political capital is currently directed… Source: Duterte’s South China Sea dilemma – Asia Times Read More »

NATO-Russia talks must tackle Ukraine ‘withdrawal’: Poland

Planned NATO talks with Moscow should be focused solely on Russia’s “withdrawal” from Ukrainian soil, Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said July 5. The minister was reacting to NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg’s announcement July 4 that the transatlantic alliance is set to hold formal talks with Russia shortly after a summit in Warsaw this week. Source: NATO-Russia talks must tackle Ukraine ‘withdrawal’: Poland – INTERNATIONAL Read More »