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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, […]

Scotland and Union Jack flags
Scotland and United Kingdom flags


The Legacy Of The Scottish Referendum – Analysis

By Jeremy Black The Scottish referendum on 18 September 2014 was of crucial significance for Scotland, the United Kingdom, and, indeed, the world. The last comes first because, however lesser a power than in the past, the UK is still a major strategic force, not least as an important military power and a state willing […]

United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates


Winning The War Of Ideas In Arab World: A View From The UAE

By Ambassador Omar Saif Ghobash World Foreign Ministers have just met in Paris to decide how to defeat ISIS. But military action is only a small part of the strategy that they need because ISIS is above all an ideological movement, which gains its strength by winning recruits and sympathizers across the Arab world and […]