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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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
Deepening Political and Economic Crisis in Venezuela: Implications for U.S. Interests and the Western Hemisphere
Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
by Douglas Farah

Published on March 17th, 2015
There is little doubt that Venezuela has for a decade now posed a significant threat not only to U.S. security interests in the Western Hemisphere, but to the survival of democracy and the rule of law in the region. A recent investigation by Veja, a respected Brazilian magazine, shows that Venezuela, with the help of Argentina, actively tried to help Iran's nuclear program in violation of international sanctions. More than a dozen senior Venezuelan officials have been publicly identified by U.S. officials as being directly involved in supporting and participating in drug trafficking and support of designated terrorist more
The Murder of Alberto Nisman
How the government of Cristina Fernández de Kircherner created the environment for a perfect crime
by Douglas Farah

Published on March 16th, 2015
Now available in Spanish.  Whether or not the Fernández de Kirchner government had a direct hand in Nisman’s killing, it deliberately and systematically created the environment in which the assassination could take place with impunity, and the integrity of the justice system is 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 Military Ambitions in Space and America's Response
Testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on February 18th, 2015
While China pursues a growing commercial, deep space and space science agenda, the foundation of its space program remains the pursuit of military advantage for the People's Liberation Army (PLA). China's space endeavors are subordinate to the PLA. While the PLA does not offer public briefings or budget information about its space combat programs, there is a considerable body of "secondary" literature presumably based on strategy or doctrine, which has long appeared to justify the development of a PLA capability to wage war in 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
General Secretary Xi Jinping on Nuclear Weapons, Missiles and Space Warfare
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on November 3rd, 2014
Twenty days after he assumed leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), on 5 December 2012, General Secretary Xi Jinping gave a speech to assembled officers of the Second Artillery Corp (SAC) nuclear and conventional missile force.   This was very likely Xi Jinping’s first announced speech as General Secretary before a service of the PLA. While Xi’s speech was reported by China’s state media,  at that time very little was revealed about its contents. Sensitive policy speeches by top Chinese Party leaders to the PLA are sometimes announced but their contents rarely revealed, save for rare occasions when they are used to highlight policy directions long after the speech.This appears to have been the case for an article published some time in 2013, written by a long-serving veteran of the SAC. This article apparently reveals much more of the content of Xi’s late 2012 speech. As such, this article offers perhaps the first public insights into the views of China’s paramount leader on the role of nuclear weapons, the future of the Second Artillery force, to include its role in future space warfare. It is likely that predecessors Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin also gave detailed policy speeches to the Second Artillery, but their contents have not been revealed. read 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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