Danish Military Veterans: Thanking Them for Their Service and Meeting Their Needs

11/01/2018
We had a chance to attend an evening event at the Danish Embassy earlier this year where Danish military veterans were honored. While at that event, we had a chance to talk with veterans who were working in Denmark to get more focus of attention on their needs. We promised…

The Brazilian Presidential Elections and Their Impact

10/29/2018
By Kenneth Maxwell The second round of the Brazilian presidential elections took place on Sunday 28th October. The victor was the far-right populist former army captain, Jair Bolsonaro, with 55.13% of the votes. The first round had taken place place on October 7th. Jair Bolsonaro came very close to winning…

Belgium Picks the F-35: President Macron Responds

10/27/2018
Belgium is a key member of the European Participating Air Forces (EPAF) group which has flown F-16s for three decades. Denmark, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands and Portugal are the members of the EPAF. In a recent visit to Denmark, a key leader of the Royal Danish Air Force explained the importance…

Disaggregated Globalization: The Next Phase of Global Development

10/21/2018
by Kenneth Maxwell Dante's "Inferno", the 14th century epic poem, where Hell is nine concentric circles of torment located within the earth. It is the most appropriate analogy for the seriousness of the national dilemmas and the international challenges that confront us To start at the outer circle of Dante's…

Putin visits New Delhi: An Indian Perspective

10/03/2018
Important Defence Agreements to be inked during President Putin’s visit: Ambassador Varma By Vinay Shukla Moscow. Even as the spectre of US CAATSA sanctions looms over significant arms contracts with Moscow, India expects the signing of “important” defence deals during President Vladimir Putin’s New Delhi visit on October 4-5 for…

The Indian-Russian Arms Relationship: Managing the Challenge for US-Indian Relations

10/02/2018
By Richard Weitz India was de facto part of the recent U.S. decision to impose sanctions on the Chinese Defense Ministry’s Equipment Development Department, and its director, for their purchasing of advanced Russian weapons. Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act(CAATSA) of 2017 mandates penalties for entities…

Aussie-French Sub Deal Hits Turbulent Waters

09/28/2018
By Robbin Laird I first reported that the Aussie-Sub deal was facing significant negotiating challenges last month.  I discovered this when focusing on Collins class and its sustainment and modernization efforts and then discussed the dynamics since 2016 of the new sub contract. In discussions in Australia, I learned that…