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China to the Rescue in Turkey?
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China to the Rescue in Turkey?

By George Marshall Lerner* Turkey, a NATO member that once fought against the Chinese in the Korean War during the 1950s, is now becoming increasingly dependent on China to stave off a financial crisis. According to Morgan Stanley, Turkey’s deficit widened in April to $5.60 billion from just $500 million in late 2019, thanks to...

Analysis: Central and Eastern Europe are not in bed with China
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Analysis: Central and Eastern Europe are not in bed with China

In the following analysis written by Andreea Brînză* a comprehensive overview of the issues concerning the relations between Eastern – Central Europe and China is being attempted. In that context, as the author indicates, after eight consecutive years of an “increased” Chinese presence in the CEE region, only four out of around 40 Chinese projects...

JISS: Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, and Israel must coordinate in response to Turkey’s actions
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JISS: Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, and Israel must coordinate in response to Turkey’s actions

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman, Vice President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, is the author of an in depth analysis concerning the recent events in Libya, linking them directly to the turkish aspirations in the Eastern Mediterranean. In this particular analysis baring the title “The Struggle for the Mediterranean: The EMGF Stake...

What Tactical Unmanned Aerial Assets Need in Today’s Battlefields
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What Tactical Unmanned Aerial Assets Need in Today’s Battlefields

By: Andrew Martin As a former Special Operations Forces Combat Controller, I’ve been a part of, and have seen, the revolution of Battlefield Air Operations. The use of tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), for example, has evolved dramatically since their first deployment on the battlefield nearly 20 years ago – from single mission tools to...

Liberal Internationalism, An Ideology Of Violence
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Liberal Internationalism, An Ideology Of Violence

During the presidency of George W. Bush, the administration’s cabinet and top advisors were an eclectic mix of liberal internationalists and neoconservatives. The thing these two ideologies have in common is their lust for foreign interference. At the surface their objectives were different, but at their core, they believed the United States should have a...

Social Media’s Role In Disaster Preparedness & Crisis Management
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Social Media’s Role In Disaster Preparedness & Crisis Management

By Mohamed ELDoh There were over 4.5 billion active internet users around the world as of January 2020—roughly 60 percent of the global population. In an average month, over 3 billion are active on social media platforms. This scale means individuals can disseminate an unprecedented amount of information more efficiently than ever. On Facebook alone, more than 300 million photos are...

Russia’s New Strategy for Nuclear War
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Russia’s New Strategy for Nuclear War

By Paul Dibb Russia has published an official executive order (ukaz) titled ‘Basic principles of state policy of the Russian Federation on nuclear deterrence’. It entered into force on 2 June when it was signed by President Vladimir Putin. This is the first time in the almost 30-year history of the Russian Federation that an explanation...

Military training develops mindset, not muscle
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Military training develops mindset, not muscle

By: Jonathan Cleck At a recent defense industry conference, the commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, Lt. Gen. James Slife, said that the Air Force’s selection process for future special operators will be less about a candidate’s physical performance and more about the candidate’s attributes, suggesting perhaps that a candidate’s analytical and diplomacy skills...

Keep modernization of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program on track
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Keep modernization of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program on track

In 1959, the U.S. Air Force deployed its first intercontinental ballistic missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A year later, the Navy deployed its first submarine-launched ballistic missile aboard the submarine George Washington. These systems, together with the Air Force’s nuclear-capable bomber force, formed the United States’ nuclear deterrence capability, which came to...

Will defense budgets remain ‘sticky’ after the COVID-19 pandemic?
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Will defense budgets remain ‘sticky’ after the COVID-19 pandemic?

By: Eric Lofgren  Congress’ unprecedented fiscal response to COVID-19 has many in the defense community wondering whether belt tightening will hit the Pentagon. On May 19, the Congressional Progressive Caucus wrote a letter arguing for substantial defense budget cuts to support additional spending on the pandemic. Nonprofit progressive supporters have been asking to cut a...

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