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Geopolitics

Opportunity for China in North Korea

Jun 11, 2010 at 08:22 | Frank O'Donnell

Will China Press North Korea to Dismantle it’s Nuclear Program Now would be a good time for Beijing to forge an economic path to denuclearising North Korea. The moment may…

Al-Qaeda Thriving in Iraq Using Mafia Tactics

Jun 10, 2010 at 08:32 | ISN Security Watch

The street emptied at the sound of gunfire, the men scattering in separate directions. A corpse was left behind, the lone victim of the shooting. After a few hours, someone…

The ROC Navy Faces a Critical Watershed as the East Asian Strategic Balance Changes

Jun 09, 2010 at 09:52 | Gregory R. Copley

New strategic brinkmanship by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK); a now-clear determination by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to “more aggressively assert its territorial claims in regional…

Turkey’s Growing Influence in the Balkans

Jun 09, 2010 at 08:11 | Charles Kennedy

Over the past two years, Turkey has launched a massive political, social, and economic offensive across the Balkans, focusing primarily on Bosnia-Herzegovina. More than two decades after Turkey first formally…

The Vital Relationship Between China and the United States

Jun 08, 2010 at 13:13 | Open Democracy

A number of events in April-June 2010 has seemed to suggest that relations between the United States and China are back on track after a difficult period. They include Hu…

Israel's Interception of the Turkish Flotilla

Jun 08, 2010 at 09:14 | Strategic Studies

A View From Jerusalem on the Intelligence Failure by Israel, and the Failure of the International Community to Look at the Sponsors of the “Flotilla” Early in the morning of…

Poland’s Growing Military Power

Jun 06, 2010 at 11:30 | ISN Security Watch

Experiencing anxiety following the halting of US missile defense plans in Poland, Warsaw uses US technology to make its air force the biggest by far in Central Europe. Since the…

Energy Cooperation Drives a Murky Venezuela-Iran Relationship

Jun 06, 2010 at 11:27 | Southern Pulse

During the course of May 2010, Iran and Venezuela continued to pursue agreements in the areas of security, business, housing, and so-called "non-aligned country" diplomacy. Energy, however, remains the mutual…

The EU’s Growing Impotence

Jun 06, 2010 at 04:05 | Ahto Lobjakas

At one level, the proposal by the EU high representative for foreign policy, Catherine Ashton, to abolish EU special representatives for the South Caucasus and Moldova is no more than…

Russia Supports New UN Sanctions Against Iran

Jun 05, 2010 at 10:31 | Charles Kennedy

INCIDENT: Iran has disputed a recent report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) claiming that it intends to use depleted fuel rods for pyroprocessing experiments, as a proposed round…

America’s Military Tug of War

Jun 03, 2010 at 17:04 | Shaun Waterman

Obama’s national security strategy lays out a vision of US global power based on a strong, modern economy at home and multilateralism abroad. But other forces in the US body…

Georgia and Moldova Shocked at the Prospect of New EU Plan

Jun 02, 2010 at 14:55 | ISN Security Watch

Officials in Moldova and Georgia are reacting with concern to speculation that the EU is poised to remove special representatives appointed to their regions. If confirmed, the change would signal…

America and the Jungle of Serpants

Jun 02, 2010 at 07:20 | ISN Security Watch

An official directive that grants the US army expanded counterinsurgency powers reveals Washington’s imprisonment in an exhausted vision of security. An early decision of Bill Clinton after he became president…

Power Struggles in North Korea

Jun 02, 2010 at 05:38 | ISN Security Watch

While dramatic, the torpedoing of a Republic of Korea navy corvette in late March was not unexpected and it may have signalled the rise of Kim Jong-Il's youngest son, Earlier…

Tensions Between Israel and Turkey at Breaking Point

Jun 01, 2010 at 09:28 | Robert Tait

Once the Mideast's key strategic relationship, a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship has tensions between them at the breaking point. Strategic relationship? What strategic relationship? "I don't…

Korean War Games: The Sinking of the Cheonan

May 31, 2010 at 08:10 | Yossef Bodansky

The torpedo fired by a North Korean (DPRK) Yeon-O-class submarine at the ROK Navy Po Hang-class corvette, ROKS Cheonan on the night of March 26, 2010, highlighted the failure of…

Chinese Plans to End US Hegemony in the Pacific

May 31, 2010 at 04:41 | Peter A. Buxbaum

The US is developing an air-sea battle concept to counter China's military buildup. But political problems and budgetary woes could kill the program before it ever gets started. China's People's…

Kyrgyzstan at the Cross-Roads

May 29, 2010 at 05:11 | Uddipan Mukherjee

Not only should Kyrgyzstan's future after the April ousting of the government be a central focus, but the future of the other 'stans' as well When riots broke out in…

Regulation Era – The ‘60s Return

May 28, 2010 at 12:42 | Llewellyn King

The decade of the 1960s stood orthodoxy on its head. It was a time when alternative everything got a hearing. Expertise came into doubt; the phrase “some decisions are too…

Iranian Authorities Intent on Stopping the Opposition from Taking to the Streets

May 28, 2010 at 05:54 | Robert Tait

Political detainees report being stripped naked and forced to stand outside in plunging temperatures during the night; electricity supplies to Kurdish areas are cut to suppress a simmering rebellion over…

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