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Geopolitics

Private Intelligence Firm Offers Government & Military Data To General Public

Sep 23, 2010 at 11:50 | Editorial Dept

Allowing investors, traders & news enthusiasts to take advantage of geopolitical trends and spot opportunities ahead of their competitors. September 23, 2010 – Washington DC.  The OSINT Group, a boutique…

China – Japan Relations at Low Following Dispute Over Natural Gas Fields

Sep 23, 2010 at 08:22 | David Caploe PhD

Because China’s economic growth has been so spectacular over the past 15 or so years, many people have forgotten its pre-condition has been a general political calm in East Asia.…

Kim Jong Il of North Korea May be About to Name His Successor

Sep 23, 2010 at 08:15 | ISN Security Watch

North Korea says it will hold its biggest political meeting in a generation, amid speculation that leader Kim Jong Il is about to name his younger son as successor –…

The Game is Changing and the US is Now on the Defensive

Sep 21, 2010 at 15:38 | Global Intelligence Report

Two warships of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) docked at a port in Myanmar on August 29, 2010, in the first publicized PLAN ship visit…

Has the Iraq Surge Been a Success

Sep 20, 2010 at 08:22 | Claudio Guler

The US formally ended combat operations in Iraq on 31 August. The country remains without an elected government and many commentators in the media have questioned whether a return to…

The Strategic Outlook: Fear and Uncertainty Have Paths of Their Own

Sep 17, 2010 at 12:27 | Gregory R. Copley

Fear and uncertainty create patterns, paths of their own. And societies are again in a mosaic of uncertainty — and resultant fear — over the fate and durability of the…

China Faced With a Long Road if it is to Emerge as Asia’s Leader

Sep 17, 2010 at 08:52 | ISN Security Watch

Americans interacting with officials and other experts in the Asia-Pacific region in recent weeks would be reassured that official and other expert opinion among US allies and associates seems to…

Will Extracting US forces From Iraq Require Going To War With Iran?

Sep 15, 2010 at 12:54 | Claude Salhani

First, the U.S. could never under the current circumstances in Iraq fully withdraw all its troops as long as Iran continues to run interference in Iraqi domestic affairs.  A premature…

Washington Turf Wars

Sep 15, 2010 at 12:05 | John Daly

Washington’s bureaucratic turf wars are a dismal reality of politics in Beltwayistan, but are now threatening national policy, as competing agendas threaten policies extending far beyond the continental U.S. In…

China Backs Burma’s Junta Leaders

Sep 15, 2010 at 08:36 | ISN Security Watch

Burma's junta leader comes back happy from China after getting backing for his November election and a pledge from Beijing to snub ethnic militias inside Burma. “May I propose a…

US Hegemony and the Balance of Power

Sep 13, 2010 at 09:09 | ISN Security Watch

Recent Asian debates about the US role in global and regional security stem from two decades of strategic transition from Cold War bipolarity to uncertain US unipolarity challenged by unilateralism…

Tajikistan Population Turning to Sharia Law

Sep 11, 2010 at 08:26 | ISN Security Watch

Even as the Tajik government maintains tight control on religion, the population is increasingly turning to Shari'a law to resolve disputes. When Bibi Zaynura's ex-husband's failure to pay alimony made…

Russia Diversifies Oil Exports with China Pipeline Link

Sep 10, 2010 at 08:20 | Charles Kennedy

Last weekend, Russia officially opened a section of the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline link to China. Russia's RIA Novosti quoted Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as saying: "The implementation…

The Middle East Falling out of Love With Obama

Sep 07, 2010 at 10:46 | ISN Security Watch

Only fifteen months after his historic Cairo speech, there are alarming signs that President Obama’s new engagement policy with the middle east may soon find its place in history’s dustbin.…

US Naval Exercises and China’s Growing Coastal Waters

Sep 06, 2010 at 13:05 | ISN Security Watch

Could it be that Chinese fascination, especially among the youth, for President Obama and the American process of choosing its leaders, is seen as particularly threatening to the PLA and…

Iran Promotes it’s Interests in War Ravaged Afghanistan

Sep 06, 2010 at 08:11 | Open Democracy

As the endgame in Afghanistan begins to take shape, Iran has undertaken a series of political manoeuvrings to promote its interests in the war-ravaged country. By increasing its influence, the…

India Turns to Russia and Iran for a New Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategy

Sep 04, 2010 at 10:21 | Harsh Pant

Last month, in one of the largest single disclosures of such information in US history, WikiLeaks released more than 91,000 classified documents, some of which confirmed that Pakistani intelligence is…

UN Sanctions on Iran Empowering the Revolutionary Guard

Sep 03, 2010 at 09:05 | Open Democracy

The increasingly militarised confrontation between the United States, Israel and Iran only strengthens the Ahmadinejad regime's intransigence, allowing it to side step an ongoing crisis of legitimacy. While the fourth…

Warbots: US Military Increasing Investment in Automated Technologies

Sep 02, 2010 at 11:12 | Jody Ray Bennett

Last July, Piasecki Aircraft Corporation, with the help of Carnegie Mellon University, developed a navigation system that allows the full-sized helicopters to fly at low altitudes without a pilot. These…

Sochi Summit Marks the Start of Russia’s Return to Dominance in the Northern Tier and the US Withdrawal

Sep 02, 2010 at 10:26 | Gregory R. Copley

The recently concluded Sochi Summit has highlighted the return of Russia to a prominent, even strategically dominant, position in the Northern Tier, as the US Administration of President Barack Obama…

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