Is a War with China on the Horizon?

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (DOD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley)

by Michael T. Klare On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be… Continue Reading  

Nukes: Intentions Matter More Than Weapons

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump (Wikimedia Commons)

by Graham E. Fuller  The fascinating, elaborately choreographed diplomatic pas de deux in Singapore between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un mesmerized the world over two days. Most pundits look at the (perhaps more than) half empty glass of water on the table. Indeed,… Continue Reading  

What If the US Left the World Scene?

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by Gordon Adams A summit between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is on, off, then on again. There is a pattern here, perhaps the only certain pattern in the eccentric Trump tenure at the White House.… Continue Reading  

A Power Shift to the East: Iran and the SCO

Meeting of the SCO heads of government

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi and Seyedrasoul Mousavi On June 8-9, the 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be held in Qingdao, China. The SCO consists of eight full members (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, India, and… Continue Reading  

The Military-Industrial Complex Strikes (Out) Again

The B-21 Raider

by William Astore Did you know the U.S. Air Force is working on a new stealth bomber? Don’t blame yourself if you didn’t, since the project is so secret that most members of Congress aren’t privy to the details. (Talk about stealthy!) Known… Continue Reading