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 ties.read 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 Pacific.read more

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Decentralization Reforms in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan: Slowly and Unsteadily
by Marianna Gurtovnik

Published on July 24th, 2006
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the presidents of independent Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have publicly recognized devolution of authority to locally elected officials as an important step toward more responsive and transparent governments.However, both leaders have failed to match their words with action.read more
River at Risk: The Mekong and the Water Politics of China and Southeast Asia
Lowy Institute Paper 02
by Milton Osborne

Published on October 1st, 2004
By the middle of March 2004 there was growing concern in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia about the level of the Mekong River. Poor rains in the wet season of 2003 and a subsequent protracted dry period appeared to be largely to blame for the sharply lower level of water in the Mekong by comparison with ‘normal’ years. But the unusually dry season may not have been the only factor at work. Officials in Thailand have claimed that Chinese authorities have endeavored to limit the flow of water out of the dams already built on the Mekong in China’s Yunnan province, as they undertake new dam construction and continue work to clear the river of obstacles to navigation. At the same time, Thai officials suggest that unusual volatility in the river’s flow reflects the manner in which China has been closing its dam gates. Gates are closed for three days, before opening them for one day to allow Chinese cargo vessels to travel to and from river ports in the southern Yunnan province and northern Thailand.read more
The Impact of Foreign Weapons and Technology on the Modernization of China's People's Liberation Army
Report for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on January 1st, 2004
In January 2004 IASC Vice President Richard Fisher submitted a detailed review and analysis of how, over the last 20 years, China has used access to foreign weapons to fuel its accelerating military modernization.Over 200 pages in length, this report assesses the scale of Chinese weapons purchases, their main suppliers, their impact on the security of the United States and Taiwan, and also presents detailed assessments of individual weapons sold to China.read more
PLAAF Equipment Trends
National Defense University Conference, “PLA and Chinese Society in Transition”
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on October 30th, 2001
Despite its never having done so before in a large fashion, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is pursuing an overall modernization program to enable the conduct all-weather offensive and defensive operations in a modern high-technology environment. This is consistent with the general doctrinal goal to build a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) capable of waging “Local War Under High Tech Conditions.”Expansion of all-weather offensive capabilities is a relatively recent and ominous trend in the PLAAF.Apparently, this could include offensive naval strike missions for the PLAAF and greater consideration of using Airborne Forces in a strategic strike capacity. read more
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