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04/09/2014
Proceedings Magazine
Chinese Shipping Could be Risky Business | by Milan Vego (requires subscription)
Although their economy is increasingly dependent on maritime trade, China lacks the ability to protect its shipping—a dangerous reality should they find themselves in a major war at sea.
04/09/2014
Proceedings Magazine
Wired for Sound in the 'Near Seas' | co-authored by Lyle Goldstein (requires subscription)
China is deploying an ocean-floor surveillance network to strengthen its antisubmarine-warfare capability.
04/09/2014
Space.com
China's New Spaceport to Launch Country's Largest Rocket Yet | quotes Joan Johnson-Freese
China's preparations for the Long March 5's first flight spotlights the difficulty of space engineering as evidenced by its numerous delays, said Joan Johnson-Freese, professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
04/09/2014
Christian Science Monitor
NASA suspends relations with Russia, but Putin holds all the cards (+video) | quotes Joan Johnson-Freese
"Is he going to be a rational international leader, or is he going to going to go the way of the egomaniac autocrat?" asks Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor at the US Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and a specialist on space-security and space-policy issues.
04/09/2014
World Politics Review
The Realist Prism: U.S. Unwilling to Give or Take on Ukraine | by Nikolas Gvosdev (requires subscription)
It was no surprise when last Sunday’s emergency meeting in Paris between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov ended inconclusively. 
04/09/2014
New Scientist
NASA's Russia boycott may revitalise US space leadership | by Joan Johnson-Freese
Cooling NASA-Russia ties is a familiar game of political surrogacy, but it may spark talk on reasserting US leadership in space, says a security expert
04/09/2014
The Eagle
Scholars say George H.W. Bush was the perfect president to follow the Cold War years | quotes Stephen Knott
Some historians argue that George H.W. Bush's ascent to the presidency could not have come at a more perfect time. It was the convergence of a president who thrived on managing foreign policy with a time when the world needed a skilled and trusted hand at the nation's helm to transition out of the Cold War.
04/09/2014
New Hampshire Public Radio
RADIO: All Eyes On Afghanistan: Elections, The Taliban, And The U.S. Military Drawdown | with Robert Cassidy
The results of this weekend’s elections, many say, will have enormous consequences for the country’s future - from the status of ongoing U.S. military support, to whether recent civil rights gains are maintained. But the balloting has been marred by violence, and deep-seated concerns about fraud.
04/09/2014
The John Batchelor Show
RADIO: on Russia, Ukraine, and NATO with Michael Vlahos
Professor Vlahos discusses ongoings in Russia and Ukraine.
04/09/2014
Armed Forces Journal
Afghanistan or Talibanistan? | by Col. Robert M. Cassidy

Will the country see relative stability and freedom after 2014?

04/01/2014
Foreign Policy
James R. Schlesinger, In Memoriam | by Thomas Mahnken
Last Friday I was at a meeting with some of the United States' most respected thinkers and practitioners. As I walked in, I was struck by the solemn mood and the somber conversation that hung over the room.
04/01/2014
The Diplomat
Academia Embraces Reality? | by James Holmes
So last Thursday the Naval Diplomat and the Naval Diplomat’s Wife vaulted into the Diplomatmobile, ignited the rocket assist, and sped from somewhere along the shores of Narragansett Bay up to Toronto, Ontario. We went across the international frontier into the Great White North …
04/01/2014
The Diplomat
Why Russia Yearns for Empire | by James Holmes
Should Russian actions in Crimea have come as a shock? Not here. Sure, the specifics were surprising. But that’s true of any sudden contingency, isn’t it? We all suffer from a prophecy deficit. Indeed, even President Putin may not have planned this venture in advance. He may have simply seen an opportunity coming and seized it. Such events are intrinsically unpredictable.
04/01/2014
Proceedings Magazine
Defend the First Island Chain | by James Holmes
Want to give China an ulcer, a nagging sore that compels Beijing to think twice about aggression? Then look at the map. Geography affords the U.S.-Japan alliance abundant opportunities to make trouble for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), denying China’s military access to the...
04/01/2014
Proceeding Magazine
Seeing the Maritime Forest for the Trees | by Robert Rubel
At some point in the near future the U.S. Navy will release a successor document to its 2007 A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower , otherwise known as CS21 . By now, CS21 enjoys a longevity approaching that of the 1980s Maritime Strategy . Outside the confines of the Navy’s resources directorate (N8) there exists no formalized process for developing strategy, so as was the case for CS21 , the new strategy document will be the result of an ad hoc effort.

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