China’s Energy Exploration In East China Sea And Japan’s Security Debate – Analysis

By Felix K. Chang* Last week Japan released its annual defense review.  For the first time, it revealed photographs of Chinese offshore drilling rigs operating in the East China Sea.  The images reminded many of the international controversy that China stirred up in May 2014 when it sent the Hai Yang Shi You 981 offshore … Continue reading China’s Energy Exploration In East China Sea And Japan’s Security Debate – Analysis

Why Borders Matter – OpEd

By Nicholas Rostow* Events in the Middle East seem to make some commentators and officials forget the fact that borders matter—everywhere, including the Middle East. Most borders reflect the vagaries and irrationalities of history. Sometimes they look arbitrary—history does not usually produce straight lines. Borders frame states, and states are the constituents of the international … Continue reading Why Borders Matter – OpEd

How Extreme Are The Extremists? Pankisi Gorge As A Case Study – Analysis

It’s known as Georgia’s highland petri dish for extremism and a microcosm of Islamist militant recruitment, but Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge appears to be an example of steady foreign fighter flow in the absence of significant domestic radicalization. Instead, certain factors – Pankisi’s improbably high militant production, small population, limited Salafist penetration, intense rural poverty, the … Continue reading How Extreme Are The Extremists? Pankisi Gorge As A Case Study – Analysis

Iran, Islamic State And Rising Specter Of Radiological Warfare In Middle East – Analysis

By John R. Haines* The official silence on radiological warfare probably is expressive of classification rather than disinterest.[1] Louis Ridenour (1949) Ironically, in the post-cold war world, one of the safest places for plutonium may well be on top of a missile.[2] Paul Woessner & Phil Williams (1996) Among the several argued deficiencies of the … Continue reading Iran, Islamic State And Rising Specter Of Radiological Warfare In Middle East – Analysis

Beware Hyde-And-Jekyll Defense Of Iran Nuclear Agreement – Analysis

By Gary C. Gambill* After two years of negotiations with Iran over the fate of its nuclear program, the Obama administration has unveiled an agreement abandoning the pursuit of a decisive reduction in the Islamic Republic’s breakout capacity – the ability to quickly and successfully produce a bomb – and lifting the economic sanctions that … Continue reading Beware Hyde-And-Jekyll Defense Of Iran Nuclear Agreement – Analysis