Security

Abandoned by the British, Afghan interpreters explain how they wait for years seeking safety

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When the British began to withdraw their forces from Afghanistan in 2012, the Afghan civilians they employed as interpreters, cooks and security guards, became even more exposed to threats, losing the limited protection that military bases granted them. Sara De Jong The Conversation In recognition of their work and its risks, the UK government put two schemes in place. The first, an ex-gratia (redundancy) scheme, was meant exclusively for locally engaged civilians who had been in employment for a minimum ... Read More »

Nuclear Weapons: Pakistan’s National Security Assets

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In the 1970s, the then prime minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, famously declaredthat, “We will eat grass, even go hungry, but we will have our own,” while referring to the attainment of nuclear weapons. Usman Ali Khan ModernDiplomacy Forty years after that declaration, we attained this capability by ensuring the neighbors that national security would not be compromised. In late May of 1998, Pakistan revealed its nuclear capability by conducting six nuclear tests, a move necessitated by the India’s nuclear tests ... Read More »

Esperon: Gov’t to publish national security strategy for the first time

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) — The government will publish a national security strategy for the first time, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said Wednesday, in the wake of competing claims in the South China Sea. By CNN Philippines Staff President Rodrigo Duterte signed the document on May 16. It outlines the administration’s plans for a “secure, peaceful, modern, and prosperous Philippines,” Esperon said. Esperon announced this during a hearing of the House Special Committee on the West Philippine ... Read More »

This Is the Plan to Save America’s Military

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The House version of the 2019 NDAA marks a good step forward in the drive to rebuild the U.S. military. Frederico Bartels, Tom Spoehr The National Interest Good news for those who recognize the need to rebuild our military: the House of Representatives has passed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with broad bipartisan support, 351–66. The bill continues last year’s welcome emphasis on strengthening our armed forces. February’s passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 established a ... Read More »

Has the US conceded to Turkey in Manbij?

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If one is to go by leaks to the media as well as official statements out of Ankara, Turkey and the United States have essentially worked out a “road map” for Washington-backed Kurdish fighters to leave the northern Syrian city of Manbij near the… Semih Idiz Al-Monitor Accordingly, once the People’s Protection Units (YPG) — which Turkey considers a terrorist organization and an existential threat to its security — evacuate Manbij, Turkish forces would move in and work with US forces already there to provide “stability and security” ... Read More »

Rising Global Support for Safe Schools

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Declaration to Protect Students and Schools in Wartime Turns Three Bede Sheppard HRW Three years ago today, representatives from countries from around the globe came together in Oslo to declare their support for the protection of students, teachers, schools, and universities during times of war. Three years later, an incredible 75 countries have joined the… Support for the declaration has come from the highest levels of the United Nations, notably the UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres; the human rights chief, Zeid ... Read More »

Cyprus History: Ignore at your own peril

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Scratch the surface of the Cyprus Problem and what will you find? Anna Koukkides-Procopiou * The ever-popular answer to that question could probably be the post-modernist, constructivist explanation of differing historical narratives of a local power-sharing struggle between two ethnic communities, whose perceptions and misperceptions of each other and of their history of conflict supposedly matter more than realities on the ground-such attempts even taking at times the form of a self-imposed Jesuit flogging of shame, especially among Greek Cypriots. ... Read More »

Flotilla carrying Gaza wounded breaks ‘unbearable’ siege

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A boat carrying 25 Palestinians has set off from Gaza’s port with intention of reaching Cyprus, defying a 12-year siege. by Maram Humaid & Farah Najjar AlJazeera Gaza, Palestine – A flotilla carrying at least 25 patients, students and activists have broken Israel’s imposed boundary off the coast of the Gaza Strip, the first time in more than a decade. The group set sail on Tuesday morning from the besieged Gaza Strip, hoping to break Israel’s debilitating siege on the enclave that ... Read More »

The Syria connection to Iran, Afghanistan and China

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Iranian academic spells out Iran’s position in the Middle East and questions US policy toward the region; amid reports that the Qods force is unlikely to disband, and that Daesh (ISIS) is being moved the… Pepe Escobar Asia Times A crucial question has been consuming policymakers in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon: Does the Trump administration have a strategic plan for the Middle East or not? Few are more apt to answer than Saadallah Zarei, dean of the Institute of Strategic Studies Andishe ... Read More »

Turkey and Israel: From Loveless to Fracas

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How can there ever be a lasting peace between a Zionist state and another nation where the president thinks that Zionism is a crime against humanity? Burak Bekdil Gatestone Institute When Turkey and Israel decided to normalize their badly strained ties in December 2016, after more than six years of downgraded diplomatic relations, the first thing they did, as the protocol dictates, was to appoint ambassadors to each other’s capital. With a theoretical new chapter opening in troubled relations, Turkey ... Read More »

US warships sail near disputed islands in South China Sea, officials say

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Two U.S. Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China after Beijing landed a nuclear-capable bomber and deployed missiles there, defense officials told Fox News on Sunday. By Lucas Tomlinson, Bradford Betz | Fox News The U.S.S Higgins, a guided-missile destroyer, and the U.S.S. Antietam, a missile cruiser, conducted “freedom of navigation” operations near the Paracel Island chain, including Woody Island, where Beijing has operated an… “U.S. forces operate in the Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, ... Read More »

“Israel” Conspires to Sabotage the US-Turkey F-35 Deal as Ankara’s Relations With Tel Aviv Plunge to New Low

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Reports have surfaced indicating that one of the main reasons that the US has been hesitant to deliver Turkey’s order for new F-35 fighter jets is because the “Israeli” regime has been putting pressure on Washington to either scrap the deal or otherwise deprive Turkey of the performance enchanting software upgrades to the… Adam Garrie EurasiaFuture Put plainly, “Israel” wants its already delivered F-35s to have a technical advantage over those that were supposed to be delivered to Turkey in ... Read More »

Making the Best of France’s Libya Summit

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Four main Libyan leaders meet in Paris on 29 May to sign a roadmap to peace, including 2018 elections with united international backing. ICG But with Libya’s UN-backed peace process at risk from the meeting’s format and the accord that France has brokered, the sides should instead commit to a broader declaration of principles. What’s new? On 29 May France will host a summit on Libya bringing together the country’s four principal competing leaders to sign an agreement on a ... Read More »

Trump isolates US as Russia follows inclusionary foreign policies

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Contrary to Russia’s broader, encompassing policies that take the focus off its domestic politics, Washington’s recent moves have only worked to isolate the U.S. and caused widespread disappointment among its… YUSUF SELMAN İNANÇ Daily Sabah By the time former U.S. President Barack Obama left office, U.S. allies in the Middle East were displeased, disappointed and unhappy with his policies. His so-called fight against Daesh had resulted in strengthening the PKK-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD), which has been waging a war ... Read More »

The Battle For Energy Dominance In The Mediterranean

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The Eastern Mediterranean is easily one of the most important and hotly contested regions in the world due to several key factors: the Suez Canal is vital to international commerce, militaries of major powers are participating in the Syrian Civil War, and the region hosts two more unresolved conflicts in divided Cyprus and Israel/Palestine. By Vanand Meliksetian for OilPrice However, recent major gas discoveries may have permanently altered the energy map of the region. If they play their cards right, ... Read More »

A Call for Realism in Europe

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If Europe wants to secure its fate, then it will have to balance European idealism with a renewed realism. Elmar Hellendoorn The National Interest President Donald Trump’s abrogation of the Iran agreement indicates again that progressive Europe is increasingly less relevant to the world. At the same time, the world of power politics has an increasing influence upon Europe. Originally, Realpolitiker Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle wanted to build Europe as a power bloc that could eventually even resist a ... Read More »