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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Report on the 5th Airshow China
Zhuhai, PRC, November 1-7, 2004
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on December 13th, 2004
The November 1-6, 2004 Airshow China/Zhuhai Airshow is the 5th such airshow to be held in Zhuhai, PRC.This yearís show offered three main themes: 1) the Peopleís Liberation Army (PLA) aerospace sector exhibits growing over-capacity and redundancy but shows no lack of government funding; 2) greater creativity is being derived from increased internal competition and industrial cooperation; and 3) manned and unmanned space programs are receiving greater emphasis. read more
Pakistanís Long Range Ballistic Missiles: A View From IDEAS
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on November 1st, 2004
With the October 11 test firing of its Ghauri (Hatf 5), the Pakistan Army Strategic Forces Command within about a year has test-launched all of its major ballistic missiles. Although exact production numbers for its major missiles have not been revealed, the latest launch cycle confirms that Pakistan has in place a two-tiered missile force based on short-range (SRBMs) and medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBMs). For Islamabad, its nuclear capable missiles are the ultimate deterrent to its larger and long-feared neighbor India. Pakistan has also used the threat of nuclear attack to deter a conventional Indian attack. Pakistan also enjoys status within the Islamic world for being its only nuclear missile-armed member. read more
Report On the International Defense Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS)
September 14-17, 2004, Karachi, Pakistan
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on October 29th, 2004
A welcome relaxation in tension between India and Pakistan in mid-2004 has not included any reduction in their respective ambitious military modernization programs.Pakistanís defense industries displayed their progress and welcomed current and prospective defense partners at their third bi-annual International Defense Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) from September 14 to 17, 2004.Held in Karachi, the show received very high attention from the Pakistani leadership and military.President Pervez Musharraf opened the event, and all the service chiefs were in attendance.This report benefits from interviews with many Pakistani military officers and corporate officials. The author is especially grateful for the insights of Pakistan Air Force Commander Air Chief Marshal Kaleem Saadat. read more
New Developments In Russia-China Military Relations: A Report On The August 19-23 2003 Moscow Aerospace Salon (MAKS)
Report for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on October 7th, 2003
In August 2003 IASC Vice President Richard Fisher attended the bi-annual Moscow Aerospace Salon (MAKS) and produced a report for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.Illustrated with pictures taken at the show, this report offers new insights into Russiaís military relationship and military trade with China, and offers evaluations of some new Russian weapon systems.read more
Report on the Zhuhai Airshow
November 3-8, 2002
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on November 30th, 2002
From November 3-8 the People's Republic of China (PRC) held its 4th bi-annual Zhuhai Airshow. All of the airshows in this series have been held at an international airport outside the city of Zhuhai, which is not far from Hong Kong. The Zhuhai Airshow is sponsored by the PRC's main aerospace companies. It is also sponsored by the PRC's People's Liberation Army (PLA), even though active PLA aircraft and missiles are not featured. Nevertheless, these airshows have traditionally provided perhaps the only public access to the PRC's aerospace sector, providing useful information on current and future military programs. As such, they constitute a notable exception to the PLA's traditional refusal to allow useful military transparency. read more
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