IDSA COMMENT

Argentina’s Military Decline

August 30, 2016

While the Argentinian military’s desperate state of affairs can be partly blamed on the country’s economic woes, a substantial portion of the blame must fall on the somewhat tense relationship between the military and the civilian government.

Rebuilding the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard

August 26, 2016
Rebuilding the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard

A scramble for assets between the years 2013 and 2015 culminated in the procurement of a fleet of vessels that have restored a degree of capability and viability to the TTCG.

NSG and China’s Grand Strategic Flip-flops: Some Plausible Explanations

August 24, 2016
NSG and China’s Grand Strategic Flip-flops: Some Plausible Explanations

Given that the NSG may not be able to withhold the India membership question for long, in spite of China’s inconsistent positions, it would be unwise on India’s part to forfeit any advantage it has on the SCS issue.

Japan’s Defence White Paper 2016: An Overview

August 22, 2016
Japan’s Defence White Paper 2016: An Overview

Furthering the premise of an increasingly severe security environment, Japan’s latest defence white paper has accorded relatively more space to its ‘strong concerns’ over China’s ‘active maritime expansion’ as well as progress in North Korea’s missile development programme.

South Korean Arms Exports to Latin America

August 19, 2016
South Korean Arms Exports to Latin America

ROK is employing an effective combination of gifting equipment combined with joint ventures with local industry, which has the dual effect of increasing exports and forging partnerships with domestic industries in a region where it has hitherto had a very minimal defence relationship.

Why India’s South China Sea Stand Matters

August 19, 2016
Why India’s South China Sea Stand Matters

Regardless of the concessions Beijing is willing to offer on the NSG and bilateral issues, New Delhi has reason to continue viewing China’s maritime manoeuvres in the Indian Ocean Region with suspicion.

Whither Turkey?

August 17, 2016

Turkey is going where President Erdogan wants to take it to, as those who do not agree with him are too intimidated to stand in his way.

Erdoğan’s Visit to St. Petersburg: A Measured Russia-Turkey Rapprochement

August 16, 2016

While a Russia-Turkey rapprochement is driven by their particular national interests, its trajectory and outcome are likely to be shaped by the interplay of several geo-economic and geo-political factors.

The Spectre of ISIS: Trinidad’s Unfolding Jihadi Nightmare

August 08, 2016
The Spectre of ISIS: Trinidad’s Unfolding Jihadi Nightmare

While there have been no studies on the motivation of Trinidadian Muslims to travel to join ISIS fighters, it is possible that the idea of the Caliphate has fired the imagination of disaffected youth.

Are Russia and NATO inching towards a conflict?

August 08, 2016

The Joint Communique issued by the recent NATO summit, held on July 8-9 in Warsaw, appears to have sown the seeds of a renewed confrontation with Russia.

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