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Russia, Turkey and the Black Sea A2/AD Arms Race

Will Turkey build its A2/AD capabilities to counter Russia’s growing A2/AD assets in the Black Sea and Syria? Bleda Kurtdarcan, Barın Kayaoğlu  The National Interest While the Chinese A2/AD “bubble” in the South China Sea gives headaches to the United States and its allies in the Asia-Pacific region, further to the north, the newest Russian “bubble” is about to… Russia, Turkey and… Read More »

Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination Is a Wake-Up Call to the World

“The North Korean regime is not simply a pariah to be ridiculed, but a dangerous threat to the world.” Jose Ramos-Horta and Benedict Rogers The Diplomat The assassination of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur airport two weeks ago is a reminder of the depravity and barbarity of his half-brother, North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, and the world’s most… Kim Jong-nam’s… Read More »

The US, Turkey and the Kurds

Ankara is challenging Washington’s approach to the Kurds. Eric Czuleger GPF Washington and Ankara appear to be reaching a resolution on their long-standing conflict over the Syrian Kurds. The tension between their conflicting views of the Kurds came to a head on March 2 when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt… The US, Turkey… Read More »

Nuclear Weapons: Trust But Modernize

The United States is planning to modernize its nuclear deterrent over the next 25 years, an effort already two decades late in implementation. Peter Huessy The Daily Caller That delay, a procurement holiday, resulted in all elements of our nuclear enterprise—the warheads, the communications, the submarines, the land based missiles and the bombers and their associated cruise missiles… Nuclear Weapons: Trust… Read More »

Russia, NATO hold first high-level military talks since freeze

Senior Russian and NATO military chiefs on March 3 held their first phone talks since ties between the two sides collapsed over the crisis in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry in Moscow… Hurriyet  The chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel called Russian Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov to discuss the possible restarting of military coordination and… Russia, NATO hold… Read More »

Turkish fighter jets buzz southern coast of Cyprus

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 »

IS supporters free to return to Australia despite tough law changes

AUSTRALIA faces the return of some of the world’s most radical terrorists after tough laws to keep them out of the country… SHARRI MARKSON, The Daily Telegraph The Herald Sun Intelligence experts have warned the federal government nothing is stopping more than 100 homegrown terrorists — including those who have been fighting with Islamic… IS supporters free… Read More »

From Kissinger’s Playbook: Flynn is Gone, His Russia Policy Lives On

Amid demonstrations against his first choice, President Donald Trump named Lieutenant General Herbert McMaster, whose book claiming the US was too soft on Vietnam is now required reading for US officers, as… Dan Glazebrook CounterPunch McMaster’s appointment came after Michael Flynn, Trump’s original choice, was forced to resign earlier this month after it… From Kissinger’s Playbook… Read More »

A strategy for China’s imperial overstretch

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

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 »

How Do You Solve a Problem Like North Korea?

How to solve the DPRK problem: a little less diplomatic conversation, a little more action. Daniel R. DePetris The National Interest How does one punish a country that is the most diplomatically isolated in the world, already sanctioned to the teeth, but seemingly immune to the… How Do You… Read More »

Russia Expected to Veto UN Resolution Blaming Syria for Chemical Attacks

UNITED NATIONS — Russia says it will veto a draft U.N. resolution blaming the Syrian government for some chemical weapons attacks in Syria if it is brought to a… Margaret Besheer VoA “The resolution prejudges the results of the investigation, it is one-sided [and] based on insufficient evidence,” Russian Deputy U.N. Envoy Vladimir Safronkov told reporters after a… Russia Expected to… Read More »

Why Iran wants Palestine back on regional agenda

Fatima Navab Safavi is the daughter of Mojtaba Navab Safavi (1924-1955), an Iranian cleric and one of the first to mobilize Iranian masses against Israel back in the early… Ali Hashem Al-Monitor Donning the traditional black chador, Safavi told Al-Monitor in an interview, “Years before the… Why Iran wants… Read More »