NATO Ambivalence and Stashing Weapons in Eastern Europe


by Paul R. Pillar The U.S. Department of Defense reportedly has plans to place tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and other heavy weapons in the Baltic countries and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. It is easy to see what this is about.… Continue Reading  

America’s China Problem


by Yu Bin A specter is haunting the U.S.—a specter of a steadily rising China challenging the US-dominated international economic and security system created 70 years ago at the end of World War II.

The Forgotten Costs of War in the Middle East

Aerial port quarter view of the Forrestal Class, Aircraft Carrier USS SARATOGA (CV 60) tied up at the British Naval Base at Diego Garcia.  The ship stopped at the British Protectorate during her 1987 deployment.  Visible on the flight deck as F-14A Tomcats, A-6E Intruders and E-2B Hawkeye aircraft.

by David Vine First, they tried to shoot the dogs. Next, they tried to poison them with strychnine. When both failed as efficient killing methods, British government agents and U.S. Navy personnel used raw meat to lure the pets into… Continue Reading  

Dangers of a Declining Global Power

Pacific Ocean (June 25, 2004) Ð Ships from the United States and Canada navigate around the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while underway in the Pacific Ocean during a multi-national photo exercise. Stennis and embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are at sea on a scheduled deployment, and is expected to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2004. RIMPAC is the largest international maritime exercise in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands.  This years exercise will include eight participating nations; Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, South Korea, Britain and the United States.  RIMPAC is intended to enhance the tactical proficiency of participating units in a wide array of combined operations at sea, while enhancing stability in the Pacific Rim region. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric (RELEASED)

by Graham E. Fuller Much has been written about the dangers and challenges posed by China as a rising global power. Indeed, historians speak of generic tensions between rising powers and status quo powers that have often led to war.… Continue Reading  

Think Twice About More Military Aid to Nigeria


by William D. Hartung On his trip to Nigeria to attend the inauguration of the country’s new president Muhammadu Buhari late last month, Secretary of State John Kerry indicated that the Obama administration is ready to send more military advisers… Continue Reading