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Estonia, Lithuania, UK, Denmark call for EU action on Russian information warfare; Latvia refuses to join

The Estonian, Lithuanian, Danish and British Foreign Ministers will submit a joint letter to the European Union High Representative for Foreign …

Rear Admiral Tim Barrett

The Royal Australian Navy, or RAN, is a force that has a significant profile in the Pacific. In an exclusive interview, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, the …

Operation Sovereign Borders - the first six months

Operation Sovereign Borders<p>The first six months<p>On September 18, 2013, just 11 days after securing victory in the federal election, the new Coalition …

China’s Newest Maritime Dispute

China is hardly in need of additional territorial disputes these days, but it seems to have a new one on its hands.<p>Last week a senior Indonesian …

Second Thomas Shoal Tensions Intensify

The U.S. has criticized China for provoking the Philippines in the Second Thomas Shoal even as Manila air-lifted supplies to its marines stationed on …

How U.S. Military Power Benefits China

Often overlooked in the debates about the possibility of a future struggle between the United States and China in East Asia is the fact that the …

Diaspora + Fait Accompli: A New Formula for Force Projection?

Although the outcome of Russia’s rapid military deployment in the Crimea is not yet certain, this incident and Russian military action against …

The X Factors: How Third Parties Destabilize US-China Relations

As fellow <i>Diplomat</i> blogger Zach Keck wrote yesterday, the dispute between China and the Philippines over the Second Thomas Shoal, known in the …

The US Air Force's Asia Pivot

Here’s links to some of what I’ve been reading recently:<p>Over at <i>Air Force Magazine</i>, Marc V. Schanz has an excellent article about how the U.S. Air …

Pentagon North Korea Report for 2013: Unimpressive Hardware, Focus on Cyber Attacks

The U.S. Department of Defense released its annual report on the state of North Korea’s military earlier this month. The short 22-page document …

Ukraine Crisis: Can China Be More Helpful?

Though far away from China, and definitely not affecting China’s “core interests,” Ukraine crisis is increasingly placing China in a diplomatic …

Saudi Arabia, China's 'Good Friend'

Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister and Crown Prince, Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, is in Beijing from March 13 to 16 for meetings with Chinese leaders. …

Of Course the PLA is Planning for a 'Short, Sharp War'

So Captain Jim Fanell, grand intel wizard for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, made headlines this year — again — at the WEST conference on maritime affairs …

The Taliban’s Unity of Purpose

Taliban and like-minded jihadis are becoming more united in their determination to impose their brand of sharia on both Afghanistan and Pakistan, …

Kunming Terrorist Attack: A Resident’s Perspective

At around 11 pm on March 1, I was in bed and about to fall asleep, when I saw a post on Facebook from a journalist friend of mine in the U.S. It said …

US Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age

As submarines, bombers, and ballistic missiles age, and as the U.S. armed forces flourish the long knives over budgetary matters, the future of the …

Kunming: A New Phase of Terrorism in China

The horrific knife attack that killed 29 and injured 143 at a railway station in Kunming, a city in southwestern China, on Saturday is allegedly the …

The Interpreter

Air-Sea Battle: Unnecessarily Provoking China?

<i>A special rejoinder to CIMSEC’s Air-Sea Battle Week</i><p>All throughout Air-Sea Battle (ASB) week, CIMSEC hosted articles about the ASB Concept. Each is …

The Interpreter

The Future of Military Force

“Killing people and destroying things for some political purpose” is how prominent defense scholar Richard Betts describes the essence of military …

How are we educating our military?

Current CIA Director and retired US Army officer, General David Petraeus argues that the most powerful tool any soldier carries is not his weapon but …

David Petraeus

A new strategic partner in North Asia?

In an age of increasingly competitive multilateralism, success will go to those countries best able to diversify their interests and manage a wide …

Asia

Aid and building maritime capacity

As a country that’s acutely aware of its own interests in the oceans around it, you’d think that Australia would be playing a leading role in ocean …

Oceans

The Wrong Debate Over Afghanistan

After a year in which Afghanistan was largely buried in the middle of the newspapers and relegated to a few seconds on the major television networks, …

Why the Durand Line Matters

Afghan officials have at times accused Pakistan of being less than honest in pushing the Afghan Taliban for talks with Kabul. Before making such …

China Seeks Nuclear Talks Between Pyongyang, Seoul

Friday China links:<p>China’s Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin concluded a four-day visit to North Korea on Thursday, and planned to travel to South …

The Air-Sea Battle Debate Heats Up

The Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) recently hosted an excellent Air-Sea Battle week on its Next War blog, which featured some …