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The PLA’s new push for military technology innovation
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The PLA’s new push for military technology innovation

By Marcus Clay* When it comes to competition with China, General Charles Q. Brown Jr. is a visionary. Shortly after becoming the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) this summer, he issued a directive to the service entitled “Accelerate Change or Lose,” in which he highlights the urgency for a change of mindset and the transformation...

Former ambassador says U.S.-China tensions won’t go away no matter who wins
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Former ambassador says U.S.-China tensions won’t go away no matter who wins

The United States needs to adopt a multilateral approach in dealing with China, according to a former U.S. ambassador. Relations between Washington and Beijing have worsened over the last few years due to a trade war between the two countries, U.S. sanctions against Chinese companies and increased American support for Taiwan as well as India. President Donald Trump and...

The expansionism of the Salafi threat in Europe
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The expansionism of the Salafi threat in Europe

By Carlo J.V. Caro* France has suffered from two terrorist attacks, and another potential terror attack, in less than two weeks. On October 16, an educator was beheaded, on October 29, three worshipers were killed in a church and on Saturday, a Greek Orthodox priest was shot. The aftermath of these acts of Islamic terrorism have led...

Esper’s curious Partners-and-Allies Initiative
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Esper’s curious Partners-and-Allies Initiative

Why now? And are the combatant commanders on board? Read the following analysis by Bilal’s Y. Saab* of the Middle East Institute. There are several curious aspects to the Pentagon’s new Guidance for Development of Alliances and Partnerships, or GDAP, which was publicly unveiled by U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Oct. 20. Let’s...

Turkey’s unfinished war with the West
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Turkey’s unfinished war with the West

By Simon Schofield* The triumph of an audacious Turkish nation over the Western powers that had caused the Ottoman fall from grace is a tale deeply embedded in Turkey’s political culture. The Treaty of Sèvres was a crushing humiliation for the Ottomans, proposing to dismember the sultans’ empire, leaving a rump state in which the...

How the U.S. can build cooperation in the Pacific
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How the U.S. can build cooperation in the Pacific

By Steven McGann* The United States is in the midst of a major shift in focus to the Indo-Pacific as it competes with China for global influence. This contest will affect key U.S. priorities and require comprehensive policy engagement with Pacific island nations and other partners in the region. The driver for this change is the Pacific Deterrence...

Confront Erdogan
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Confront Erdogan

Turkey has rapidly heightened its anti-Israel rhetoric, hosting Hamas twice this year, and calling on countries to oppose Israel. The US must confront Turkey’s increasing extremism under Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime. As the US election nears, it is essential that whoever wins the White House on November 3 will not appease the continual threats from...

What war with China could look like
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What war with China could look like

By Todd South* Pentagon war planners can envision a conflict with China starting in any number of ways. For example, they fear a scenario that might involve a mass of Chinese military forces posturing along China’s coast near Taiwan and the aggressive reorientation of Chinese missile systems that would start setting off alarms in Washington,...

Athens bracing for a protracted crisis with Turkey
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Athens bracing for a protracted crisis with Turkey

By Vassilis Nedos* Athens is preparing on both a diplomatic and military level for a protracted crisis in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean until at least the end of the year when the European Union’s ultimatum to Turkey expires in December. Other crucial political milestones will be the US elections on November 3 and...

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