The UK and Norway Shape Enhanced Cooperation for ASW Operations in the North Atlantic

08/17/2019
By Robbin Laird Recently, both the UK Ministry of Defence and Norwegian Ministry of Defence websites highlighted the meeting between the UK Minister of Defence and the Norwegian States Security of Defence held at RAF Lossiemouth in August 2019. Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan hosted Norwegian State Secretary Tone Skogen to…

The 11th Anniversary of the Russian Invasion of Georgia

08/10/2019
The Norwegian government recently underscored the anniversary of the Russian seizure of part of the independent nation of Georgia. According to a Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs article published on August 7, 2019: ‘The conflict over Georgia’s occupied regions must not be forgotten. Eleven years on, Russian troops remain on…

Dealing with the Chinese Challenge: The Case of the Pharmaceutical Industry

08/02/2019
By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake The United States and a number of key allies have begun to focus significant attention on reworking the supply chain in key industries associated with imports from China. As Dr. Harald Malmgren recently noted: “Much new industrial thinking is under way how the next…

China and Strategic Arms Control

07/20/2019
by Richard Weitz From July 8-11, there was a chance to attend and participate in  the Eighth World Peace Forum in Beijing, organized by Tsinghua University in partnership with the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs. Wang Qishan, Vice President of the People's Republic of China, delivered the opening keynote,…

The Case of Indian Acquisition of Mig-29s: Why Buy a 40-Year Old Aircraft?

07/18/2019
By Lt Gen VK Saxena (Retd) It was reported in the media in Apr 2019 that the Indian Air force (IAF) was in talks with Russia to purchase 21 MiG-29 combat jets which were actually built in late 1980s for the then Soviet Air Force but were never assembled and…

The Australian Defence Minister Visits the UK: July 2019

07/16/2019
Recently, the new Australian Defence Minister visited the UK to discuss common ground as the two regional powers discussed ways to enhance their collaboration in the period ahead. In an article by Stephen Kuper published on July 10, 2019, the focus of the Minister’s visit to the UK was the…

Putting FCAS Into a Broader European Political Context: The EU, Brexit and Shaping a Way Ahead

06/20/2019
By Pierre Tran Paris - French and German defense ministers attended an unveiling of a mock-up of a new fighter jet at the Paris air show, even as the two countries compete to fill top jobs in the European Union, and the UK Conservative party limps toward selecting a new…