The Year in Vladimir Putin | quotes Nikolas Gvosdev
"We end the year with more questions than we began the year with. Are we looking at clan wars? Are we looking at a purge? Are we looking at a complete reshuffling of the system? Coming into 2013, we have to say that all bets are off," Gvosdev said.
Disputed Asian islands once had strategic military role | quotes James Holmes
Stars and Stripes (Associated Press)
"I think we have come to a point where maintaining cordial ties with China trumps lesser concerns for many in official Washington," said James Holmes of the U.S. Naval War college in Newport, Rhode Island, writing in an email. "No U.S. government agency sees a pressing stake in Taiwan anymore."
China Military Jet Engine Development Overview: An eReader | by Andrew Erickson
China Sign Post
For the past two years, we’ve worked hard to bring readers cutting edge analysis of China’s military jet engine development. The motivations for our focus are clear. First, to the best of our knowledge, no other open source publications have performed this sort of in-depth analysis of Chinese military and commercial jet engine development.
Impromptus and Asides: Why the War of 1812 Matters | by Mackubin Owens
Foreign Policy Research Institute
Today, Korea is often called “the forgotten war.” But a better candidate for that title—if not for the “ignored war”—is the War of 1812. So as we mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, we can expect reenactments of great battles and commemorations of such events as the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address.
Disputes over small islands pose big conundrum for U.S | quotes James Holmes
The longer-term dilemma for the United States is avoiding conflict with China while protecting the integrity of the global system in the face of Chinese "salami tactics of taking little slices when it can," says James Holmes, a specialist on maritime strategy at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island.
Human Rights Group Calls for Worldwide Ban on Autonomous Weapons Systems | by Maj. Jeff Thurnher
NPS CRUSER News
Human Rights Watch, a prominent human rights advocacy group, published a report last month entitled “Losing Humanity: The Case against Killer Robots” which calls for a preemptive ban on all fully autonomous weapons systems. The report, which was jointly published with Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, asserts that fully autonomous weapons systems are inconsistent with the law of armed conflict and pose too significant of a threat to civilians.
Foreign Entanglements | interview with Nicholas Sarantankes
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob speaks with Nicholas Sarantakes, author of the new book Making Patton. Nick discusses the creation of the film Patton, including the disputes between the producers, the Army, and surviving figures like General Omar Bradley.