In the latest development from Ukraine-Russia crisis, Ukraine stood in danger of breaking apart on Friday after Crimea’s parliament unanimously voted to join Russia in a sharp escalation of the worst East-West security crisis since the Cold War.
“Russia’s aggression in Ukraine should not be understood as an opportunistic power grab. Rather, it is an attempt to politically, culturally, and militarily resist the West.”
The invasion of Ukraine is just a small part of a bigger picture. Both Russia and China will be the hegemonic power in their respective regions. Both have committed [...]
U.S. Military decline hastens global instability
But he warns: “In the next 10 years, I expect the risk of interstate conflict in East Asia to rise, the vulnerability of our platforms and basing to increase, our technology edge to erode, instability to persist in the Middle East, and threats posed by violent extremist organizations to [...]
The Russian defense ministry reports the test-firing of a Topol RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday night as anti-US provocation. DEBKAfile: The IBMs, which normally carry multiple nuclear warheads, was fired from the Caspian Sea area and reportedly hit a target in Kazakhstan – just hours after President Vladimir Putin accused the interim government in Kiev of carrying [...]
As China flexes its military might, with huge increases in defence spending and increasingly assertive patrols in disputed territories, Japan has compared the tensions to those between England and Germany before the First World War.
So far it has been a war of words.
However, historian Niall Ferguson has warned that US [...]
“[We] concluded that the PLA has been given the new task to be able to conduct a short sharp war to destroy Japanese forces in the East China Sea …”
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“We witnessed the massive amphibious and cross military region enterprise — Mission Action 2013,” Fannell [...]
The project to impose political union is bringing economic ruin, making the legitimacy of the EU project ever more vulnerable
On the face of it, they seem worlds apart. Switzerland’s referendum vote against the free movement of labour, the ruling by the German Constitutional Court on the European Central Bank’s (ECB) attempts to save the [...]
As the U.S. defense posture continues to slump, several onetime allies are getting nervous about growing threats and starting to rearm. Not to be alarmist, but isn’t that what happened just before World War II?
And if you wonder at all why Germany and Japan, two nations that had near-pacifist policies in place for [...]
“At what point do you say, ‘Enough is enough’?” he told The New York Times. “Well, the world has to say it—remember that the Sudetenland was given in an attempt to appease Hitler to prevent World War II.”
This week, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III did something I’ve rarely heard before: He compared [...]
“In other words, the current state of affairs increases the chance of escalation. Nobody is sleepwalking in Beijing. It seems as though Washington is.”
If there are parallels to be drawn to 1914, they had better be the right ones. The prevailing narrative in Barack Obama’s administration seems to be drawn from Christopher Clark’s book [...]