Michael Brady

The case for a phased U.S. withdrawal from South Korea

By Michael Brady / August 9, 2017 / 0 Comments

The United States should consider a phased withdrawal from South Korea. The Cold War has long ended and U.S. forces along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) are no longer necessary, despite continued missile and nuclear testing by North Korea. In 1948, the United States and Russia agreed to split the Korean Peninsula into two regions. After … Read more

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China and India: between silk and heavy metal

By Pepe Escobar / July 28, 2017 / 0 Comments

So once again it’s down to a face off in the Himalayas. Beijing builds a road in the disputed territory of Doklam (Indian terminology) or Donglang (Chinese terminology) in the tri-junction of Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan, and all hell breaks loose. Or does it? The Global Times blames it on an upsurge of Hindu nationalist … Read more

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Is Taiwan a potential target for terrorism?

By Christina Lin / July 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

In October 2016, Taiwan’s National Security Bureau (NSB) submitted a report to the Legislative Yuan regarding potential terrorist attacks on the island. Although it has thus far remained off the radar for terrorism, the probability of an attack by foreign terror groups increased when ISIS released a propaganda video in 2015 naming Taiwan in a … Read more

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Why North Korea is rejecting talks with South Korea

By Robert E. McCoy / July 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

The news that Pyongyang has had the temerity to ask Seoul for U​S​$6 million to fund the North’s census ​might tempt one to think that there is a thaw in the North’s stance against holding discussions with the South. That would be wrong. It is the South that has been actively seeking talks with the … Read more

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Want to hunt a submarine? Ping loudly and carry a torpedo

By Andrew Davies / July 24, 2017 / 0 Comments

James Mugg’s recent piece made a convincing case that the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability of surface combatants is more about the aircraft they embark than about systems on the ships themselves. In this post I look at how those aircraft might go about their business. A useful reference is a 2016 NATO publication, Alliance airborne … Read more

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The Korean War and its Aftermath: Who’s responsible and who’s dealing with it?

By Ron Huisken / July 20, 2017 / 0 Comments

The three countries that started the Korean war in June 1950 – Russia (USSR), China and North Korea – are still maneuvering to secure a better outcome. When World War II ended, U.S. and Soviet forces had met more or less amicably at about the 38th parallel on the Korean peninsula. In 1949, both these … Read more

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India’s Balanced Approach in the Middle East

By Manish Rai / July 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

The recent visit of Indian premier Narendra Modi to Israel marks the first trip of an Indian prime minister to that country after 25 years of diplomatic relations. Many analysts see the visit as a clear diplomatic tilt toward Israel after years of India keeping its distance. Israel also gave a lot of importance to … Read more

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No Easy Victory

By Barry M. Stentiford / July 18, 2017 / 0 Comments

Americans are repeatedly frustrated by their inability to turn military prowess into satisfactory end-states. We believe that previously, wars ended decisively, with an absolute and obvious termination point that was recognized as such at the time. However, since the end of World War II, such decisive conclusions have been elusive. Modern strategists, so the narrative … Read more

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Trump-Putin Meeting a Missed Opportunity for New START

By Kingston Reif and Maggie Tennis / July 17, 2017 / 0 Comments

President Trump’s first in-person meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which occurred July 7 on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany, was reportedly dominated by discussion on many of the irritants in the U.S-Russia relationship, including Russia’s interference in the U.S. election, Syria, and Ukraine. Among the issues unfortunately not discussed, … Read more

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Does North Korea want to be attacked?

By Francis Grice / July 17, 2017 / 0 Comments

North Korea has been particularly antagonistic in recent months, including sharply increasing the number and ambition of its ballistic missile tests.

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