Left: An ISIS drone with RPG-7 warhead seen at the top left The U.S. Army has shut down drones made in China and used by the Pentagon. What took them so long? As we now have it, the U.S. Army has issued a Memorandum For Record of August … [Read more...] about Chinese Drones – A Big Risk for U.S. Army
Countering Chinese Expansion Through Mass Enlightenment*
Left: A sailor of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy aboard the aircraft carrier Liaoning. (REUTERS/XINHUA) From Newport to New Delhi, a tremendous effort is currently underway to document and analyze China’s pursuit of maritime power. Led … [Read more...] about Countering Chinese Expansion Through Mass Enlightenment*
Washington’s China Problem*
The U.S.’ confrontation with an increasingly powerful and incipiently aggressive China is getting much more complicated. There is no question of its high priority among the U.S.’ foreign policy issues. But with a lame duck Obama Administration which … [Read more...] about Washington’s China Problem*
China Against The Wall!
Left: Deutsche Bank's estimate of China's 2016 economic growth - There is a hoary [if you pardon the pun] tradition among the mainline media to always give the Chinese Communists the benefit of the doubt, so to speak. It goes back to the World War … [Read more...] about China Against The Wall!
ISIS’s Libyan Expansion
Left: Locations of ISIS presence and control in Libya. It has territorial control over the square outlined in black. Outlined in red are large cities where ISIS is present but not in control, while Misrata and Ajdabiya are on its agenda (Google … [Read more...] about ISIS’s Libyan Expansion
China’s New Grand Strategy for the Middle East*
Chinese President Xi Jinping with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Tehran, January 23, 2016 - After decades of distance, China is moving closer to the region’s sectarian feuds — and its vital oil reserves At the start of 2016, prospects … [Read more...] about China’s New Grand Strategy for the Middle East*
Better Cooperation Needed With Taiwan*
Left: President-Elect Dr. Tsai Ing-wen and her team holding their first press conference. I have just returned from Taiwan where I served as an International Election Observer. The result of the election was a historic victory for the opposition … [Read more...] about Better Cooperation Needed With Taiwan*
Malaysia: Over the Edge?
Southeast Asia’s multi-ethnic player, Malaysia, with its carefully balanced Malay majority but dynamic Chinese and Indian minorities, is in crisis. A lack of resolution could not only jeopardize the country’s 30 million people but destabilize the … [Read more...] about Malaysia: Over the Edge?