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.…

A Look Back at the Remarkable US-Brazilian Military Relationship

05/19/2019
By Kenneth Maxell Frank D. McCann, professor of history emeritus at the University of New Hampshire, has long been an observer of US-Brazilian military relationships. He knows both sides very intimately. He taught at West Point in the 1960s during the Vietnam War. He met privately with the Vice-President of…

Moscow Conference on International Security, 2019

05/16/2019
By Richard Weitz Last month, Second Line of Defense attended the eighht annual Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS-2019), which met from April 24-26. The Russian capital was surprisingly warm, with the temperature higher than in Washington, but the frigidity of the Russian-U.S. relationship was pervasive at the conference. The…

The Decade Ahead for Europe: An EU Perspective

05/15/2019
By Robbin Laird Clearly, Europe is in crisis. In my own view, it faces a double constitutional crisis. Brexit is an internal constitutional crisis in the "United" Kingdom and poses a constitutional crisis within the European "Union" which is itself undergoing significant regional devolution. The continental European economies are facing…

The Venezuelan Crisis: The Humanitarian Engagement

05/10/2019
By Ed Timperlake As the Guaidó forces on the streets of Venezuela were losing the tactical battle, a strategic defeat was rapidly approaching, that is until the president made an historic phone call to President Putin.  That call accomplished a most important objective: President Trump personally built new strategic maneuvering space,…