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Taiwan
Taiwan


Occupy Central/Sunflower: Popular Resistance In Greater China – Analysis

By Tom Gold Since early October, many of us have been mesmerized by scenes of the student-led “Occupy Central” or “Umbrella Movement” demonstrations in the government compound and throughout Hong Kong. Earlier this year, similar events occurred in Taipei in what became known as the Sunflower Movement. Coincidentally, as the Occupy Central movement was getting […]

Ebola virus
Ebola virus. Photo by CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith


Weaponizing Ebola? – Analysis

By John R. Haines “Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky.  There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by […]

South China Sea
South China Sea


Even Indonesia: Concerns Over China’s Reach In South China Sea – Analysis

By Felix K. Chang China’s maritime disputes with its Asian neighbors over the Senkaku Islands, the Spratly Islands, and the Paracel Islands have made these collections of islets well known.  (In China, they are known as the Diaoyu, Nansha, and Xisha Islands, respectively.)  So far, Indonesia has largely stayed out of the fray—so much so […]

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)


GCC’s Defense Cooperation: Moving Towards Unity – Analysis

By Brahim Saidy For more than 30 years, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has attempted to establish a collective defense regime to protect its six members: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This ambition was expressed through a number of initiatives, beginning with the foundation of the Peninsula Shield force […]

Yemen
Yemen


Al Qaeda Versus ISIS: In The Campaign For Jihad’s Top Slot, Yemen Is A Swing State – Analysis

By Clint Watts The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) rise began in the summer of 2013 but became fully evident this past spring.  Ayman al-Zawahiri’s retaliatory plan to punish an indignant and unruly affiliate backfired. Open conflict between ISIS and al Qaeda’s lead arm in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, and their associated partners in […]

Earth


International Relations In A Time Of Accelerating Dynamic Instability – Analysis

By Lawrence Husick What do the rise of the “Islamic State,” the ebola epidemic, and widespread political polarization and gridlock have in common? Is it possible to understand these disparate phenomena in ways that inform and guide our reactions to them, and our planning for future events that may arise from the same conditions? If, […]