Say Hello to China’s ICBMs
Opinion

Say Hello to China’s ICBMs

China’s alleged deployment of a DF-41 strategic ballistic missile brigade to Heilongjiang province, bordering Russia, triggered a fascinating spectacle; how to spin – or not to spin – what necessarily represents a milestone in Russia-China’s strategic partnership. The Global Times stressed Hong Kong and Taiwan media interpreted pictures of the DF-41 were taken in Heilongjiang,…

China’s New Silk Roads are Paving a Better Path to Persia
Opinion

China’s New Silk Roads are Paving a Better Path to Persia

The neoconservative Brookings Institute think tank authored a 2009 strategic publication about the most efficient way for the US to asymmetrically destabilize Iran, titling their blueprint “Which Path To Persia? Options For A New American Strategy Towards Iran”. Eurasian geopolitics has been completely upended in the 7 years since that document was first published, and…

Does Trump Even Know What His Syria ‘Safe Zones’ Would Entail?
Opinion

Does Trump Even Know What His Syria ‘Safe Zones’ Would Entail?

One section of Trump’s draft executive order concerning refugees includes a commitment to create a plan for the establishment of safe zones (or “safe areas” as the document calls them) in Syria and “the surrounding region”: https://twitter.com/Dan_E_Solo/status/824337075944222721 Trump’s support for safe zones in Syria dates back many months. It has never been clear that he understands what…

‘Trump Didn’t Consult Moscow on Syria Safe Zone Plan, Should Consider All Consequences’ – Kremlin
Diplomacy

‘Trump Didn’t Consult Moscow on Syria Safe Zone Plan, Should Consider All Consequences’ – Kremlin

Moscow has reacted to Donald Trump’s plans on establishing ‘safe zones’ for Syrian refugees, with the Kremlin spokesman saying the question had not been raised with Russia, while also suggesting the US should consider the possible consequences of such a move. “Our American partners did not consult with Russia [regarding the ‘safe zones’]. It is…

US and India Sharing Intelligence on Chinese Submarine and Ship Movements
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US and India Sharing Intelligence on Chinese Submarine and Ship Movements

India and the US are exchanging intelligence on Chinese submarine and ship movements in the Indian Ocean, the head of the US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, told a press conference in New Delhi last week. “There is sharing of information regarding Chinese maritime movement in the Indian Ocean,” Harris said, following an address to…

Global Flashpoints Test Trump’s ‘America First’ Presidency
Opinion

Global Flashpoints Test Trump’s ‘America First’ Presidency

The war of words between China and the US flared again this week with warnings from Beijing that any move by Washington to implement a naval blockade in the South China Sea would trigger an armed conflict. However, these tensions with China are just one of several global flashpoints that are testing the declared America First policy…