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North Korea fires shots, South retaliates

Following the anti-aircraft rounds fired by North Korea, South Korea’s military issued the “Jindotgae One” alert. This is the highest alert level issued in response to national security threats. The North fired in the...

Sorry, Not a Victor

Sorry, Not a Victor (photo: Reuters / Yuriy Maltsev) What great fun when the general press covers Russian military issues! Business Insider ran this pictorial presuming to show an outdated Victor-class SSN headed for...

First lessons from the Ukrainian crisis

A decade ago the EU launched the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in an attempt to surround itself with a ‘ring of friends’. As the Economist put it recently, however, it now seems surrounded by...

“Has Kim Jong-un really been gone for a month?”

A month has passed since Kim Jong-un “disappeared from view”. As far as North Korean state media is concerned, all that has been reported in relation to this was a brief comment stating that...

US Pushing Turks to Join Anti-IS Coalition

A team of top US officials has arrived in Ankara, Turkey for two days of talks in an attempt to prod the Turkish government into taking an active role in fighting the Islamist State...

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