Iran in Latin America: Threat or Axis of Annoyance?

Senior Fellow Douglas Farah's analysis of the debate over the level of threat posed by Iran's expanding diplomatic, trade and military presence in Latin America, and its stated ambition to continue to broaden these more

Chinese Naval Modernization: Altering the Balance of Power

Richard Fisher details China's naval modernization program and the potential impacts on U.S. interests in the Western more


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Missiles, nuclear arms and Taiwan
Taipei Times

Published on October 2nd, 2016
 Taiwan’s search for a decisive deterrent capability against China, highlighted by recent reports that President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration has canceled the medium-range Yun Feng (雲鋒, Cloud Peak) missile program, has gone through two major phases, but is about to encounter a more dangerous third phase. read more
Opinion: Bolster Taiwan’s Defenses To Counter China’s Assertiveness
Aviation Week & Space Technology
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on September 2nd, 2016
At a time when China is increasingly assertive militarily, Taiwan’s political and strategic value to the U.S. is reaching new heights. If deterrence is to be sustained on the Taiwan Strait, Washington must dramatically shift its military assistance more
What to tell Xi
Washington Times
by Richard Fisher, Jr., James Lyons

Published on September 1st, 2016
President Obama should not let slide his last summit meeting with Chinese Communist Party and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) leader Xi Jinping, who needs to hear that he is pitching Asia toward war and that the United States will finish what he starts.Of course, China hopes to avoid such complaints during the September 4-5 G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, China. But as China appears ready to increase its aggressive pressures against its neighbors there is little time to set clear red lines and to prepare for conflict so as to better deter more
An American ‘wall of missiles’ to deter China
Washington Times
by Richard Fisher, Jr., James Lyons

Published on April 25th, 2016
It is time to help the United States Pacific Command (PACOM) deter Chinese military aggression with superior strength rather than encourage its adventurism by showing weakness. Recent reports that the Obama White House sought to muzzle criticism of China by PACOM Commander Adm. Harry Harris — which he has denied — at least contributes to a longstanding impression that the White House has preferred to pull its punches as China seeks to impose increasing control of the strategic South China more
Strengthening Taiwan’s defenses
The Washington Times
by Richard Fisher, Jr., James A. Lyons, Jr.

Published on December 21st, 2015
While a welcome symbol of support, the $1.83 billion arms sales package to Taiwan announced by the Obama administration on Dec. 16, 2015 delays consideration of next-generation capabilities Taiwan will require to continue to deter Chinese attack. This fails to reflect the growing importance of Taiwan to U.S. strategy in Asia. For the first time since the 1950s, China is approaching a serious level of preparation for an invasion of Taiwan. It has outfitted its Army and Marine amphibious forces with a third generation of amphibious armor and can now mobilize potentially hundreds of usefully sized civilian barges and ferries that greatly expand military transport. Taiwanese analysts estimate that with combined military and civil lift China can transport 8 to 12 divisions to Taiwan, approaching the size of Taiwan’s 130,000-man more
Paris, ISIS, and the Externalization of Evil
American Thinker
by Alex Alexiev

Published on November 25th, 2015
Only a few days have passed since the terrorist bloodbath in Paris, but it is already clear that the conclusions France and the West have drawn from the carnage are not only wrong, but likely to guarantee more of the same. In short, they seem to believe that the terrorist acts of Nov. 13 were organized and carried out by ISIS and, therefore, destroying ISIS will prevent future terror and should become the priority. This is a dangerous delusion even if ISIS is proven to have been instrumental in the organization of the attacks, which is not the case to date. Destroying ISIS, as desirable as that is by itself, will do nothing to reverse the frightening radicalization that has taken place in the burgeoning Muslim communities in Western Europe and increasingly in the United States. A radicalization that promises more mayhem for years to come, yet one that Western authorities refuse to fess up to let alone take decisive measures more
China Fine-tunes Offensive Strike Capabilities
Aviation Week & Space Technology
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on November 6th, 2015
Soviet strategists realized in the 1970s that combining accurate conventional weapons with advanced information, surveillance and command systems could achieve destructive effects approaching those of low-yield nuclear weapons. The Soviet term for combining tactical division-level information systems and artillery rockets was “reconnaissance-fire complex,” while combining information and missile/air-strike systems at the operational-theater level was “reconnaissance-strike complex.”read more
A new armed peace in the South China Sea
The Washington Times
by Richard Fisher, Jr., James A. Lyons

Published on November 3rd, 2015
After five months of almost visible equivocation, on Oct. 27 the Obama administration allowed the destroyer USS Lassen to patrol within 12 nautical miles of China’s newly built and illegal island military bases in the South China Sea. Over the past two years, China has literally created 3,000 acres of new “territory,” turning seven reefs into military bases, three of which will have airstrips large enough for all types of China’s military aircraft. With these bases, China can better impose control over the vital air and sea lanes through which transits $5 trillion worth of commerce, including $1.5 trillion in U.S. more
GOP is Missing a Key Campaign Issue: Turkey
American Thinker
by Alex Alexiev

Published on October 26th, 2015
It is a striking feature of the presidential race so far that the word Turkey has seldom been mentioned to date on either side in the foreign policy debate. This is understandable for the Democratic Party under president Barack Obama, whose policies in the Middle East have been instrumental in bringing about the disaster unfolding in front of us. But it could become a costly failure for the GOP. For nothing can explain better the rise of violent jihadism in the region and the decline of western influence than a close look at the pernicious role played by Turkey’s Islamists led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the past thirteen years. And it happens to be a fact that in their subversive pursuits, Erdogan and Co., knowingly or not, were aided and abetted by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. This, therefore, is one area of US foreign policy where the unfathomable mess created by the administration ought to provide the GOP with a clear advantage in the run to more
China showcases new weapon systems at 3 September parade
IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on September 4th, 2015
The central event of the 3 September commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War in Beijing was a military parade that saw the first 'official' revelation of many new weapon systems. The 15th such military parade held in Beijing since 1949, it featured 12,000 troops and 56 general officers from the People's Liberation Army (PLA), plus 1,000 troops from 17 other more
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