Balancing China Through Vietnam

01/13/2011
By Richard Weitz Russia delivered two Gepard frigates, each armed with eight KH-35U anti-ship missiles and displacing 1,500 tons, to the VPN in 2009 and 2010 . These are Vietnam’s largest surface combatants. Credit photo :  http://defense-studies.blogspot.com 01/13/2011 - The public display of China’s new J-20 stealth fighter, the expected…

Pakistan and the Afghan End Game

01/04/2011
[caption id="attachment_12920" align="alignleft" width="150" caption=" "][/caption] By Dr. Richard Weitz 12/22/2011 - Following the November 26 incident, the Pakistani government convened an emergency session of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC), Pakistan’s highest forum for defense policy consultation and coordination. The DCC decided to retaliate for the attack by…

Crafting Energy Security in the 21st Century: A German View of the Challenge

01/03/2011
By Caroline Mükusch 01/02/2011 - Securing the availability of energy resources – namely oil and gas – in accordance with environmental sustainability is a key challenge of the 21st century. (See treatment of the issue by the German Minister of Foreign Affairs) Also, history shows that conflicts over resources are…

The Longer Term Effects of the Ian King Letter

01/03/2011
No-One Likes A Harsh Awakening Defence Analysis Vol 13 No 12 (December 2010) 01/02/2011 - The Chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee expressed outrage at having “a gun held to the head” by BAES over the naval shipbuilding/support Terms of Business Agreement (ToBA) which includes the contract…

The Afghan Drug Challenge

12/19/2010
A Russian Perspective By Dr. Richard Weitz and Dmitri Titoff, October 21, 2010 12/21/2010 - Translation provided by Dr. Richard Weitz Afghan Uniform Police and Afghan counter-narcotics teams are standing guard at “gates,” or checkpoints, surrounding the city’s entrances by highways, to protect its citizens against the import of drugs,…

The Arctic Sea Competition (Part IV)

12/17/2010
Lessons from Canada and The Way Ahead By Caroline Mükusch German Correspondent, Second Line of Defense 12/21/2010 - In order to meet the Arctic challenges and opportunities of the 21st century Canada formulated a comprehensive Northern Strategy in 2009. Underpinned by science and technology progress the Canadian Northern Strategy pursues…

The Arctic Sea Competition (Part Three)

12/09/2010
Europe’s Key Challenges By Caroline Mükusch German Correspondent, Second Line of Defense [email protected] ESA’s CryoSat-2 is designed to collect new insights into the role of ice in the Earth system. The April 20th mission plan was to underfly the satellite over the Arctic Sea Ice. Credit photo: http://earthsky.org 2010-12-09 -…

The Mukawama Effect

12/09/2010
Israel: « No Second Chance » An Interview With Amos Harel [caption id="attachment_13614" align="alignleft" width="126" caption="Amos Herel (Credit: www.haaretz.com)"][/caption] 12/09/2010 - During the Second Line of Defense Visit to Israel in November 2010, an article was published by Amos Harel of Haaretz, which caught our eye [1]. The article began…