China and Strategic Arms Control

07/15/2019
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 Australian Defence Minister Visits the UK: July 2019

07/10/2019
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…

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

07/10/2019
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…

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…

Bolsonaro and Sons: A Brazilian Update, June 2019

06/19/2019
By Kenneth Maxwell The government of Brazil continues to face major challenges. Many are generic and long standing and not all of them are the result of President Bolsonaro’s “method” of governing. But many are. And they are assisted mightily by the antics of Bolsonaro's three sons, Flávio, Carlos and…

Coalition Exercise in Bay of Bengal: Led by French Carrier, the Charles de Gaulle

06/10/2019
From 17 to 25 May 2019 , the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and his escort conducted a series of exercises in the Bay of Bengal with representatives from the United States Marines, Australia and Japan. [maxgallery id="125387"] Dubbed "La Pérouse", this series of naval exercises allows France to maintain…

RAAF Provides the Lift for a Visit of the Secretary-General of the UN to the South-West Pacific

06/05/2019
By Eamon Hamilton The Secretary-General of the United Nations, and other dignitaries, toured the South-West Pacific with the assistance of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). António Guterres visited Fiji, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu from May 14-18. His visited included attendance at the Pacific Islands Forum and bilateral talks with regional…

The Australian Elections and Australian Defence

05/20/2019
The defeat of Labor was not widely expected in Australia. Scott Morrison led the Liberals to a largely unanticipated electoral victory. This will mean that as PM in which he clearly led the coalition to victory he will have more authority initially than might be normal in the Aussie context.…