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Does Russia really fear Turkey’s military power?
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Does Russia really fear Turkey’s military power?

By Paul Iddon* A Russian writer recently made a bold claim, namely that Russia sought a diplomatic solution to the recent round of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia because it recognised that it is militarily weak compared to Turkey. Is his assessment accurate? Alexander Zhelenin referred to three major conflicts in 2020 in which Turkey...

U.S. already in talks of returning to Iran deal – Report
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U.S. already in talks of returning to Iran deal – Report

Talks of the US returning to the Iran deal have reportedly been underway in New York for about three weeks, between figures from Biden’s administration and Iranian actors, according to a source close to the matter speaking to French newspaper Le Figaro, as reported by Maariv, the sister publication of The Jerusalem Post.  Important European players — including France, Britain,...

U.S. Space Force receives fifth SBIRS satellite
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U.S. Space Force receives fifth SBIRS satellite

The U.S. Space Force has received the fifth satellite for its Space-Based Infrared System constellation. In a December announcement, Lockheed Martin said the company delivered the SBIRS GEO-5 missile warning spacecraft to the service. The system is expected to launch in 2021 and the sixth satellite is slated for launch in 2022 from Cape Canaveral,...

How to contain Putin’s Russia – A strategy for countering a rising revisionist power
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How to contain Putin’s Russia – A strategy for countering a rising revisionist power

By Michael McFaul* After President-elect Joe Biden inauguration on January 20, some elements of U.S. policy toward Russia will change immediately. No longer will the president of the United States seek to befriend Russian President Vladimir Putin, as President Donald Trump did throughout his tenure. Biden will not hesitate to criticize Putin’s belligerent actions, especially...

Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises
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Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Denouncing a national “uncivil war,” Biden took the oath Wednesday at a U.S. Capitol that had been battered by an insurrectionist...

Turkish defence giant Aselsan opens Qatar branch
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Turkish defence giant Aselsan opens Qatar branch

Turkey’s top defence contractor Aselsanhas opened a branch in Turkish ally Qatar, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Named ASELSAN Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. QSTP-B, the branch has been launched to provide support for the contractor’s increasing activities in the oil rich Gulf nation, according to the statement issued on the Turkish Public Disclosure Platform (KAP). The...

Economic and diplomatic power is not a substitute for military strength
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Economic and diplomatic power is not a substitute for military strength

By Seth Cropsey* & Harry Halem** The current chaos in Washington DC has given U.S. political discourse a distinct focus, a focus that will remain until 20 January, when Mr. Biden is inaugurated.  Fortunately, the guardrails of democracy have held despite the stresses of the past year, particularly over the past three months. But Americans would do well...

US Navy tests hunting subs with an aerial drone
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US Navy tests hunting subs with an aerial drone

The U.S. Navy and General Atomics in November used sonobuoys dropped from an MQ-9A Block V Reaper to track a simulated submarine target on a U.S. Navy Pacific test range, in what the contractor says is the first time an aerial drone has deployed a self-contained anti-submarine warfare system. The Reaper deployed a mix of 10 sonobuoys – deployed to measure...

Çavuşoğlu threatens Greece in a joint press conference given with his German counterpart
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Çavuşoğlu threatens Greece in a joint press conference given with his German counterpart

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu directly threatened Greece during a joint press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas, despite the fact that the latter had made appeals to the Turkish side not to return to its intensive practices “Greece should not be influenced by other countries and do exercises wherever it wants or any...

Russia unveils yet another aircraft carrier design
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Russia unveils yet another aircraft carrier design

Russia’s Nevskoe design bureau has unveiled a new aircraft carrier concept dubbed the ‘Varan’. Readers will note however that Russia appears to reveal a new design every other month and the designs typically never see the light of day again. ‘Varan’ would have a displacement of 45,000 tonnes and would be able to carry 24...

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