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    North Korean Missile Launch Demands Strong U.S. Response

    North Korea will defy international pressure and launch its Unha-3 missile, perhaps as early as Wednesday night (Washington, D.C., time). Despite Pyongyang’s characterization of the forthcoming launch as that of a peaceful civilian satellite, it would clearly violate U.N. Security Council (UNSC) resolutions that preclude “any launch using ballistic missile … More

    Standoff in the South China Sea

    According to press reports this morning, the Philippine navy is currently locked in a standoff with Chinese government vessels in the South China Sea. The Gregorio del Pilar, a refurbished former U.S. Coast Guard cutter transferred to the Philippines last year, is being blocked by two Chinese surveillance vessels in … More

    Iran: Truth or Dare for Ahmadinejad

    According to press accounts, the Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that “Iran has enough funds to withstand a total embargo on its oil sales for two to three years.” Cool! Let’s put him and his cronies to the test. Robust sanctions, in combination with other efforts to put the pressure … More

    Ceasefire in Syria Fizzles As Violence Spills into Turkey

    A ceasefire between Syria’s government and rebel forces appeared, for a moment, to be on the horizon. But in reality it was nothing more than a mirage that evaporated over the weekend when dictator Bashar al-Assad’s government demanded concessions from the opposition who have been under unceasing attacks for the past year. The Guardian … More

    The Soviet Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games has captured the imagination of the entire nation. The book-turned-movie is set in a dystopian world where 12 districts are held under the tyrannical rule of a far-distant Capital. To keep the districts from rebellion, the Capital uses an age-old tactic to manipulate the people: constant fear … More

    House to Hear about Chinese Public Diplomacy

    There used to be a saying about the Chinese: “They work while we sleep.” In the field of public diplomacy, it is absolutely spot on. The Chinese have taken to public diplomacy and information warfare with a vengeance, using every tool of state and military craft to advance their ideology … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Whispers Away America's Security

    It is hard to overstate the dangerous implications of what happened this week when President Obama was caught by an open mic sending a message to Russia’s dictator-in-waiting to wait quietly till after the November elections, after which Mr. Obama could make concessions on America’s national defense. The White House … More

    Blocking Strait of Hormuz: IHS Exercise Confirms Heritage Analysis

    As is frequently the case, petroleum futures markets are anxious about political instability in the Middle East. Of particular concern is the possibility that efforts to counter or eliminate Iran’s nuclear weapons capability will lead Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz, through which passes about one-fifth of the world’s … More

    Latest U.N. Security Council Act Won't Stop Assad

    The U.N. Security Council finally reached an agreement on Syria yesterday. In typical U.N. form, it amounts to more talk than action. Russia and China acquiesced to a non-binding presidential statement calling for “a ceasefire in Syria and opening conflict areas to humanitarian aid.” The statement contains no ultimatum for … More

    Meet Al-Nusra, Another Bin Laden Wannabe Group

    The group that claimed responsibility for a double-suicide bombing that killed 27 people in Syria is widely regarded as a front organization for al-Qaeda in Syria. The Al-Nusra Front to Protect the Levant, which claimed responsibilities for the attacks, bears all the marks of another bin Laden wannabe group. The … More