Robert E. McCoy

A subtle message from the summit

By Robert E. McCoy / June 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

When US President Trump agreed – perhaps only conditionally – to cease “provocative war games” with South Korea, there was a deeper message in that statement for those who were listening. While pundits are busily reading tea leaves to forecast the future in light of a summit that was remarkably light on substance, one thing … Read more

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European defence at crossroads

By Robert Clark / June 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

For the last seven decades, responsibility for European defence and security has ultimately fallen to the United States, guaranteed by the size of both its conventional military capability and nuclear arsenal. This security guarantee has often been enhanced by the relationship between Washington and London, with the United Kingdom assuming the role of the second military … Read more

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10 reasons to tank the F-35 jet sale to Turkey

10 reasons to tank the F-35 jet sale to Turkey

By Efraim Inbar / May 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

The F-35 is a U.S.-manufactured fifth-generation combat platform with stealth capabilities, probably the best fighter jet in the world. (Israel just received its first F-35 jets, and has used them operationally over Syria.) Turkey is planning to acquire at least 100 F-35 fighter jets, the first of which is scheduled to be delivered in 2019. … 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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