In January 2016, then Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif (R) meets with Deputy Crown Prince and Saudi Minister of Defence Mohammed bin Salman in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (AFP)

Asia’s Quiet Superpower: Pakistan Army’s Teetering Balance Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

When one thinks of the Pakistan Army, one does not instinctively think of a force that is relevant to conflicts in the Middle East. Yet increasingly – and without actually being involved in any operations - it is the most influential military in the region. Who will lead the Islamic NATO, a new Saudi-led, terrorist-fighting …

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The Global Blueprint for Neo-Ottomanism: Opportunities and Challenges

Neo-Ottomanism is the driving ideology behind contemporary Turkey’s domestic and foreign behavior It’s no secret that Turkey endeavors to restore its Great Power status all across its former Ottoman realm, driven in part by the strategic calculations outlined by former Foreign and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and carried through to its present iteration through the …

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Beijing at Sea: Is China Crafting an Atlantic Maritime Strategy?

Chinese strategists suggest that the country's focus on the Atlantic has been insufficient. One of the unintended consequences of pushing hard against Chinese claims in the South China Sea and the East China Sea (including Taiwan) is that these contested zones have given major impetus to China’s growing maritime ethos. What was once a rather …

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First Details on New Anti-Terror Plan: US Needs Allies as It Goes Global

Putting together the bits of information already available from various sources provides some indication of what the new US anti-terror strategy is about. The initial draft of the review is now complete. The US Defense Department presented a tentative plan (strategy review) «to rapidly defeat» the Islamic State (IS) terror group to the president’s national …

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US Never Respected the One China Policy and Never Will

The US has reiterated its alleged commitment to honoring the “One China” policy under which it is recognized there is only one Chinese government. The policy exists in direct reference to Taiwan and its status as a break-away province from Beijing’s authority. The BBC’s article, “Trump agrees to honour ‘One China’ policy despite threats,” would …

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China Military Setting Up Shop Miles from U.S. Base

Over the weekend, the New York Times reported on the fact that China is building its first ever overseas military base. “A low-rise encampment built adjacent to a new Chinese-owned commercial port,” the Times wrote, “the 90-acre base is designed to house up to several thousand troops and will include storage structures for weapons, repair …

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120 U.S. Generals and Admirals Just Sent Trump a Dire Warning about Diplomacy

America’s generals are talking turkey. But we’re not talking about the well-known idiom for “speaking frankly” about a subject … although over 120 retired generals did just send a frank letter in response to a new State Department-slashing budget proposal by President Trump. In that unusual military missive, a group of “former three- and four-star …

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Horrifying Haul: Russian Fisherman Pulls Terrifying ‘Monsters’ from the Deep

A Russian fisherman who went viral for his amazing pictures of freakish fish has returned with more incredible photos of monsters from the depths of the ocean. The photographer, Roman Fedortsov who works on a trawler in the Barents Sea, has built a huge following on Twitter and Instagram with his startling photographs of the …

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