Israel’s intelligence contribution to U.S. security: The Cold War years

By Lt. Col. (res.) Dr Raphael Ofek / March 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

The intelligence cooperation between Washington and Jerusalem is one of the cornerstones of the strategic alliance between the two states. Given the extensive US military aid to Israel along with Washington’s and the American public’s backing of Israel in the international arena, it has been widely argued that the alliance unilaterally favors Israel. In reality, … Read more

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India’s pivot to Southeast Asia

By Dr. Simi Mehta / March 6, 2018 / 0 Comments

India’s Republic Day courtship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a symbol of the growing strategic convergence between the subcontinent and the countries of Southeast Asia, Simi Mehta writes. To commemorate 25 years of dialogue partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), India hosted 10 leaders from the member countries as … Read more

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​China’s ambitions abroad: The case of South Asia​

By Rehana Hashmi / February 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

China’s policy towards South Asia is a key feature of China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), which is evident in the BRI’s flagship China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor (CPEC). On the one hand, China’s policy towards South Asia is regarded as an infrastructure-led investment policy. The plan is to satisfy the energy deficit that prevails in Pakistan whilst improving their infrastructure … Read more

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Allies step up to counter China

By Robert E. McCoy  / February 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

Conditions are ripe for a potentially dangerous military encounter between Allies and China in East Asia. As China is increasingly assertive in sending its ships and planes into waters and airspaces outside its territorial domain, Tokyo has responded by upping the number of sorties its Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) fighters have flown to interdict … Read more

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How might China fight a Sino-Indian naval war?

By Ben Ho Wan Beng  / February 7, 2018 / 0 Comments

The Doklam standoff between China and India may have been defused, but it seems to be far from being fully resolved. The two Asian giants are still maintaining forces at the disputed region, and the prospects of the Doklam tinderbox being ignited and cascading into a wider Sino-Indian confrontation cannot be ruled out. During the height of … Read more

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Statement by Dr. Henry A. Kissinger before the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senate, January 25, 2018

Statement by Dr. Henry A. Kissinger before the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senate, January 25, 2018

By Dr. Henry A. Kissinger / February 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

In a testimony to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on January 25, 2018, Dr Henry A. Kissinger, America’s greatest living statesman, warned senators that whilst “the most immediate challenge to international peace and security is posed by North Korea”, the deeper philosophical and conceptual challenge facing American statecraft lay in grasping the “systemic failure of world order.” Dr … Read more

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Peeling the onion: Searching for North Korean strategy and objectives

By Robert E. McCoy / January 31, 2018 / 0 Comments

Most foreign policy makers in Washington finally recognize that neither diplomacy nor pressure will get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and inter-continental ballistic missile programs. This is a major epiphany, a significant change in Foggy Bottom thinking, but it is only the first step in a long process toward understanding where Pyongyang … Read more

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Prepare for Full-Scale War or a Series of Limited Wars?

Israel’s Security Dilemma: Prepare for Full-Scale War or a Series of Limited Wars?

By Uzi Rubin / January 30, 2018 / 0 Comments

Which type of war should Israel prepare for: Full-scale war against state armies, or a continued series of limited wars where the home front is the main target? Each of these two types of conflict requires a different force-building strategy and different economic investments. Introduction Israel’s national security doctrine was shaped by the wars of … Read more

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Russia and Iran: Friends and Foes

By Emil Avdaliani / January 30, 2018 / 0 Comments

Iran was a regional power for centuries. Powerful Iranian dynasties, such as the Achaemenids and the Sasanians in the ancient period and the Safavids and the Kajars in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, aspired to take a major role in the Middle East, the South Caucasus, and elsewhere. In the decades following the Cold War, … Read more

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Anglo-French defense relations crucial for post-Brexit success

By Robert Clark / January 23, 2018 / 0 Comments

French president Emmanuel Macron and his closest advisers attended the annual U.K. – French summit on January 18, 2018, at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Traditionally, these annual summits held between the heads of government of both France and the U.K. and their cabinet colleagues have focused largely on security and defense issues, this year proving no exception. Topics including … Read more

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