Mandela set the bar so high | by Hayat Alvi
He set the bar so high, and no one could be called his peer, at least not during his lifetime, nor anyone in the modern era. His predecessor was Mahatma Gandhi, who initiated South Africa's struggle for freedom, equality and justice. Consider it a remarkable tag-team of sorts, as Gandhi spent the years 1893-1914 in South Africa, and then Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in July 1918. His given name meant “troublemaker.”
Chinese intentions remain a mystery | quotes Toshi Yoshihara
Centre Daily Times
But, as described in a talk by Toshi Yoshihara, a U.S. Naval War College expert on China’s maritime strategy, China’s move is part of a calculated, incremental strategy. The goal: to exert naval and air dominance over much of the Pacific, replacing American primacy — and to get other countries in the region to recognize that dominance without a war.
A new Soviet Union | interviews Nikolas Gvosdev
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio
AUDIO | In protests not seen since the Orange Revolution of 2004 thousands of Ukranians have taken to the streets in the wake of a decision by the president Victor Yanukovych, not to enter into agreement with the European Union.
West Not Ready for Post-Yanukovych Ukraine | by Nikolas Gvosdev
World Politics Review
Much American analysis of the past week’s events in Ukraine has tended to focus on the advisability of removing President Viktor Yanukovych and getting Ukraine to sign an Association Agreement, including a free trade pact, with the European Union. But little attention has been paid to what might happen the day after.
China's aggressive air zone rattles a suspicious region | quotes Peter Dutton
The Christian Science Monitor
Nonetheless, "China's ADIZ is different" from the 20 or so other such zones that have sprung up around the world over the past 60 years, says Peter Dutton, director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the US Naval War College in Newport, R.I., who has written extensively on the ADIZ phenomenon. "It is quite a provocative act."
Worldview: The China strategy | mentions Toshi Yoshihara
But, as described in a talk by Toshi Yoshihara, a U.S. Naval War College expert on China's maritime strategy, China's move is part of a calculated, incremental strategy. The goal: to exert naval and air dominance over much of the Pacific, replacing American primacy - and to get other countries in the region to recognize that dominance without a war.
Anti-Access Lessons from the Past | by Toshi Yoshihara
When strategists encounter a formidable policy challenge, they often rush to their history books. China’s growing assertiveness in maritime Asia has been sufficiently worrisome to occasion just such a search for lessons in the past. The greatest stimulus for this inquiry is Beijing’s emerging anti-access and area denial capabilities—broadly understood as military forces arrayed to complicate or deny U.S. military operations in Asian waters.