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Part of the tunnel complex at Củ Chi, Wikipedia Commons. Photo Credit: Kevyn, Wikipedia Commons.
Part of the tunnel complex at Củ Chi, Wikipedia Commons. Photo Credit: Kevyn, Wikipedia Commons.

Fighting Under The Earth: The History Of Tunneling In Warfare – Analysis

By Paul J. Springer* Military strategists and pundits alike often refer to warfare in terms of three domains — namely land, sea, and air. In each of these venues, armed combatants struggle to defeat their adversaries and open a path to the political objectives that drive a conflict. However, a fourth domain is often overlooked […]

South Korea
South Korea

Why Iran Matters To South Korea, And Why South Korea’s Middle East Posture Should Matter To The US – Analysis

By Joseph Braude* A Curated Conversation with the Korean Ambassador to the United Nations The controversial Iranian nuclear framework agreement presented on April 2nd in Lausanne is being closely watched 6,500 miles east of Tehran, on the Korean peninsula. Beginning in 1994, the rogue state of North Korea broke a series of promises to the […]

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Taiwan’s Latest Bone Of Contention: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – Analysis

By Shelley Rigger* A year ago, Taiwan-watchers were riveted by the month-long occupation of the island’s legislative chamber by young activists bent on derailing a proposed services trade agreement with the People’s Republic of China. Since late last month, the protagonists on each side of that dramatic show-down have been embroiled in a new controversy […]

Barack Obama
Barack Obama. File photo.

The Strategy Of Retrenchment And Its Consequences – Analysis

By Colin Dueck* Over the past decade or more, leading academic foreign policy realists have argued for US strategic retrenchment. Retrenchment is a strategy designed to reduce a country’s international and military costs and commitments.[1] This can be done by cutting defense spending, withdrawing from certain alliance obligations, scaling back on deployments abroad, or reducing […]

Flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant
Islamic State flag

One Year Later Islamic State Overtakes Al Qaeda: What’s Next? – Analysis

By Clint Watts* A year ago, the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) was on the rise but few expected them to travel such a rapid trajectory to the top of the global jihadi community.  The fighting (fitna) to kick off 2014 between Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s arm in Syria, and ISIS seemed, at first, to be undermining the greatest jihadi […]