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

Publications

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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. commerce.read 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 2016.read more
Taiwan's Options for Integrated Air and Missile Defense
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on October 6th, 2015
Richard Fisher briefs the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council on Taiwan's Options for Integrated Air and Missile Defense.read 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 countries.read more
China's aerospace Dream still lacks engine's Heart
Flightglobal.com
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 competitiveness.read 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 country.read more
A Dangerous Nexus: Terrorism, Crime and Corruption
Testimony Before the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing
by Douglas Farah

Published on May 21st, 2015
Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the important issue of the dangerous nexus among terrorism, crime and corruption. I speak only for IBI Consultants and myself at this hearing, and not on behalf of the other institutions I am affiliated with. While I and others, including my distinguished colleagues on this panel, have discussed the nexus between transnational organized crime and terrorist networks, the explicit role of corruption is often assumed but not explained or understood as an integral part of the threat. I am going to focus my remarks on Latin America where we are seeing the convergence of these three factors in new and dangerous forms. The long-held assumption undergirding traditional analytical frameworks – that criminal networks seldom if ever overlap with terrorist groups – has been shown to overtaken by events in the past decade. However, the debate over whether such a nexus exits continues in the policy and intelligence communities.read 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 deterred.read 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
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