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Russia’s Financial Tactics in the Middle East

<b>Summary</b><p>Russia’s strategy to build a greater presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and specifically the Persian Gulf, by using …

Russia

Russia Will Retaliate After U.S. Supplies Lethal Weapons To Ukraine

Last week, the Trump administration agreed to send lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine. The order, packaged by the State Department as an affirmation …

Russia

Russia’s Military Boosted by Syria Campaign

The Russian Armed Forces have benefited from and been boosted by their operation in Syria, more than any other military intervention in Russia’s …

Q-Boats and Chaos: Hybrid War on the High Seas

War

Beyond Zapad 2017: Russia's Destabilizing Approach to Military Exercises

The world can be relieved that Russia did not use this fall’s Zapad 2017 military exercise as a pretext for aggression or to permanently base troops …

China-owned port in Sri Lanka could alter trade routes

Much has been said — but far less is understood — about the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, the centrepiece of Xi Jinping’s expansive foreign …

China’s Bold “One Belt One Road” Move To Dramatically Extend Its Power and Commerce in the Indian Ocean

Much has been said -- but far less is understood -- about the One Belt One Road initiative, the centerpiece of Xi Jinping's expansive foreign policy. …

China

Get Ready: China Could Build New Artificial Islands Near India

There are growing fears, particularly in India, that China may soon launch an island reclamation project in the Indian Ocean.<p>The fears stem from a …

Drills with Russia put Chinese navy to the test in unfamiliar waters

China will put its global naval strength to the test in unfamiliar waters in the second stage of an annual joint drill with Russia next week.<p>Naval …

North Korea

The fishing wars are coming

<i>James G. Stavridis was the 16th supreme allied commander at NATO and is dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Johan Bergenas is senior director for public policy at Vulcan Inc.</i><p>Lawmakers are finally catching up to something that the Navy and Coast Guard have known for …

Don’t look now, but conditions are deteriorating in the western Pacific. Things are turning ugly, with consequences that could prove deadly and spell catastrophe for the global economy...

[<b>Note for TomDispatch Readers:</b> <i>Thanks to you, Jonathan Schell’s recent TD post (“</i><i>How Did the Gates of Hell Open in Vietnam?</i><i>”) about Nick Turse’s new</i> …

Geopolitics

Will There Now Be Peace in the South China Sea?

The ruling by an arbitral tribunal of five members based in The Hague was simple and devastating. It declares that ‘China’s claims to historic …

China

The South China Sea Arbitration: A Turning Point for China's Regional Policy?

On 12 July, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Hague releases its ruling in the case of the Philippines v China. The case, unilaterally …

China

The South China Sea Dispute: China's Polygonal Defence of Core Interests

The clash between China and the Philippines over the SCS has persisted for decades. After innumerable discussions behind closed doors, the …

China

Tensions in East and Southeast Asia

East and Southeast Asia are riven with half-frozen conflicts and a host of territorial and maritime disputes. Experts have identified tensions …

Is the United States Still the Predominant Power in the Pacific?

In late August, a U.S. destroyer collided with an oil tanker—the fourth such accident for the U.S. Navy in Asia since January.

China's navy holds rare live-fire drill in Indian Ocean

BEIJING: China's navy has held a rare live- fire drill in the Indian Ocean to improve its fleet's performance under real combat circumstance, state …

If a crisis shuts down the South China Sea, here are the losers — and a few winners

Several industries are trying to assess what open confrontation in the South China Sea would cost them, and a lot of them don't like what they're …

India’s Maritime Aspirations: Zone Defence and a Bubble

Written by <b>Periklis Stampoulis *</b><p>India’s maritime “destiny” was early cited by K.M. Panikkar, an Indian diplomat and influential scholar: “<i>The vital</i> …

China Is Weaponizing Water

Hidden in plain sight is an intimidating Chinese weapon that allows it to hold a quarter of the world’s population hostage without firing a single …

China

Drone swarms vs conventional arms: China’s military debate

With their tiny propellers buzzing, the fleet of Chinese aircraft, little larger than model planes, are flung into the air one at a time by huge …

Spratly Islands: China’s fishing fleet surrounds Philippine island

The island is the largest land mass occupied by the Philippines in the island group. International observers say the close-in naval and fishing fleet …

US Navy collisions stoke cyber threat concerns

The Pentagon won’t yet say how the USS John S. McCain was rammed by an oil tanker near Singapore, but red flags are flying as the Navy’s decades-old …

Donald Trump's South China Sea dispute to be boosted by Britain after Brexit | World

The UK will have to join wars to forge closer relationships with countries outside the European Union (EU), according to Trevor Taylor of the Royal …

America: China Doesn't Care about Your Rules-Based Order

Until the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Beijing’s state media would continue the same medley on the recently-concluded Army …

US–China Economic Relationship: Time For A Change In Tone – Analysis

By Riley Walters*U.S. economic policies toward China remain a mixed bag of ideas. U.S. and Chinese officials recently met for the inaugural …

Enhancing China's Status as a Great Power

China is investing heavily in its military modernization program as it aims to extend its power in the region as well as globally. How will China's …

Easing A Flashpoint for War in the East China Sea

U.S. leaders must lay the diplomatic groundwork for long-term solutions — or risk falling into conflict, World War I style.<p><b>A war between the United</b> …

Geopolitics

Is The Arctic The Next South China Sea? Not Likely

WASHINGTON: Oil, gas, and minerals on the seabed. Disputed territorial claims. An increasingly aggressive China. Are we talking about the South China …

South China Sea