UK seeks to expand global power projection in post-Brexit era
With the world holding its breath as the crucial parliamentary election on Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit-deal approaches, the British defense establishment appears preoccupied with crafting a more global posture for Britain’s military post-Brexit. At the end of December the British Minister of Defence Gavin Williamson claimed with enthusiasm that Brexit could augur in...
- Posted on: 12th January 2019
Hotspot Ukraine – Renewed conflict might be brewing between the Ukraine and Russia
The recent Russian mobilization of military equipment and personnel in Crimea has given rise to speculations among observers of the region that the Russian armed forces are poised to initiate a new offensive into Ukraine northwards from Crimea. Whether or not such a scenario materializes the final couple of months of 2018 have seen significant...
- Posted on: 7th January 2019
Back to the future: What the U.S. national defence strategy tells about the state of the world
On July 1 the U.S. Navy officially reconstituted the 2nd Fleet in Norfolk, previously deactivated in 2011 to preserve funds. The ceremony was the realization of a May 6 decision to resurrect the fleet as a step in the 2018 National Security Strategy (NDS) issued in January. Included was the decision to establish the U.S....
- Posted on: 5th September 2018
Soldiers of Fortune – The role of mercenaries in Middle Eastern politics
The term mercenary usually conjures up images of 15th century renaissance knights in shining armor, fighting for the highest bidder. Otherwise we tend to think of obscure Rambo look-alike veterans stimulating their lust for action in some war-torn country for a dubious employer. Just as mercenary forces in the employ of dukes and counts was...
- Posted on: 8th June 2018
An Old idea in new clothing: What to make of Pomepeo’s Iran policy announcement
It should be crystal to the international community that the Trump administration’s withdrawal of the U.S. from the Iran nuclear accord, is a departure from the policy its predecessor. The Obama administration made efforts to counter nuclear proliferation by binding Iran closer into the international community through institutionalizing control with the country’s nuclear apparatus. However,...
- Posted on: 25th May 2018
Outsourcing security? What a proposed Arab force in Syria tells about US Middle East strategy
For seven years the tragic civil war in Syria has been raging, causing a humanitarian crisis, the rise of ever-deadlier terror groups, and a politically volatile situation not seen for years. For the same seven-year period the international community has discussed possible solutions to the the civil war, but to no avail. Less than a...
- Posted on: 15th May 2018