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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China's aerospace Dream still lacks engine's Heart
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on July 30th, 2015
There should be little doubt that China’s aerospace ambition is to compete globally with leading aircraft makers such as Boeing and Airbus, and then to compete in the technically rigorous commercial large high bypass turbofan (HBT) market. While gaps in data abound due to China’s pervasive secrecy, it is increasingly clear that China’s ambitions are being matched by broad investment in both commercial airframe and engine technologies. At the same time, it is pursuing, with unknown success, potentially radical rationalisation of its engine sector to spur innovation and more
Al Qaeda and ISIS in South Asia
by Bhaskar Roy

Published on July 14th, 2015
The recent arrest (July, 02) of 12 militants in Dhaka, Bangladesh, including the resident co-ordinator of the Al Qaeda in South Asia (AQIS) may not be a total surprise for counter-terrorism experts, but it is an eye-opener for the people of South Asia. The arrested included the AQIS co-ordinator, Mufti Mainul Islam (with many aliases), Maulana Zafar Amin, advisor of AQIS, and ten others.  The arrests revealed they had acquired a huge amount of arms and explosives, bomb-making and training manuals.  They planned to hit Dhaka in a spectacular strike after the holy month of Ramadan, to announce their arrival in the more
Getting Real About China
The Washington Times
by Richard Fisher, Jr., James A. Lyons

Published on May 12th, 2015
Three times in April the Obama administration allowed the Pentagon to issue uncharacteristically expansive and blunt warnings over China's growing threat. However welcome, this trend is late in forming and must now be followed by more vigorous action to ensure China remains more
Pakistan’s Shaheen Missile Family and its Implications for Pakistan’s Security
by Debalina Ghoshal, Research Associate, Delhi Policy Group New Delhi

Published on May 8th, 2015
Following its 1998 nuclear tests, the leadership in Pakistan has emphasized the need to develop “a minimum deterrent capability to meet the requirement of its national, flexible (medium range missile force).” It is a surprising fact that despite being politically unstable, Pakistan has continued a sophisticated ballistic missile development program. Pakistan’s success is due in large part to assistance from China and North Korea. Pakistan claims that its missile program has been mostly India centric, and “it does not aim at augmentation of strategic power for a political rationale.” The paper will address Pakistan’s nuclear strategy and then examine the Shaheen missile system and its place in Pakistan’s nuclear strategy. read more
Boycott Beijing’s False Victory Parade
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on May 7th, 2015
President Barack Obama and other democratic world leaders should not attend China’s massive military parade scheduled for early September commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two. Doing so would help legitimize China’s quest to dominate Asia and regularize an act of political obeisance to Beijing.  read more
ISIS is the Syndrome, Sharia the Real Malignancy
American Thinker
by Alex Alexiev

Published on March 9th, 2015
As the US-led kinetic war against ISIS continues with indifferent success and less than certain prospects to date, answering the obvious question of what motivates that murderous organization becomes more pressing by the day. Remarkably, there have been no visible efforts in that direction by either the White House or the Defense Department. Indeed, the much touted Obama Administration-sponsored conference on “countering violent extremism” further obfuscated the issue by its oxymoronic definition of terrorism as “acts of violence” committed “against people of different faiths, by people of different faiths.” Neither did the “Team America” high-level Pentagon-sponsored recent meeting in Kuwait help much with its lapidary conclusion that the US strategy against ISIS is more
Preparing the U.S. Navy for 21st Century Warfare: The U.S. Naval Academy Trains Midshipman for Cyber Operations
by Hon. Edward T. Timperlake, Robin Laird

Published on February 23rd, 2015
In preparing the U.S. Navy for 21st Century Warfare, the U.S. Naval Academy is in the formative stages of beginning to train Midshipman for Cyber Operations. The USNA Cyber Center, the catalyst for dynamic innovative course development, is temporally housed in Leahy Hall on the Academy Yard. The building is named for Fleet Admiral William Leahy who was the most senior US Navy Admiral in World War II.  The Hall is across the street from the actual path of light that allowed USNA Professor Albert Michelson Class of 1873 to experiment in measuring the speed of more
China’s Rising Defense Budgets Stoke Regional Concerns
Aviation Week & Space Technology
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on January 8th, 2015
Spending on China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) can be expected to continue to grow at a double-digit annual pace in 2015, despite a slight economic cooling in 2014 that saw the nation miss its official goal of 7.5% growth in gross domestic product, and expectations that growth could fall to 7% in more
For the Sake of Russia Putin Must Go
Family Security Matters
by Alex Alexiev

Published on October 25th, 2014
On the same day this week, the Russian press published two seemingly unrelated bits of news. The first was a statement by the deputy head of Putin's administration, Vyacheslav Volodin, at an international gabfest in Sochi that "today, if there is no Putin, there is no Russia;" the second marked a new request by Igor Sechin, CEO of Rosneft and Putin's right-hand man, for 2 trillion rubles ($82 bln) of state aid to overcome the effects of Western sanctions. The former is a display of exemplary obsequiousness to the great leader even by Soviet standards and betrays, if anything, lack of confidence, while Sechin's request smacks of desperation. It will be recalled that when the sanctions were first imposed, Sechin dismissed them as a joke and added that Rosneft had sufficient reserves for 20 years of production. Taken together these news are far from more
Submarines, made in Taiwan
Washington Times
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on October 23rd, 2014
To meet its long-standing requirements for modern submarines to deter attack from China, Taiwan has decided to start an indigenous development and construction program, which the United States can and should more
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