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Turkey Mulling Buffer Zone with Iraq, Syria

The Turkish military, feeling threatened by the emergence of a radical self-declared Islamist state at its doorstep, is considering creating a buffer zone along the country’s border with Syria and Iran, the president said...

The United States Air Force in 2014

Top U.S. Air Force (USAF) leaders convene this week in the Washington, DC area for the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference. The annual conference gathers active duty and retired uniformed and civilian...

The Campaign Against the Islamic State

If there is any one lesson of the Afghan and Iraq Wars, it is that it is far easier to begin a conflict than to manage it well and achieve a meaningful form of...

Norway Mulls Contribution To Anti-Islamic State Force

Norway said Monday it was considering making a military contribution to the US-led coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group including providing training assistance for armed forces. …read more

NATO chief: Islamic State Threat Requires Military Action

Western nations must take military action against Islamic State militants because they pose a global threat, not just because of the murder of Western hostages, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday. …read more

Report: Israeli Arms Sale To Ukraine Blocked

A proposed sale of Israeli weapons including drones to Ukraine has been blocked for fear of antagonizing Russia, Channel Two television reported on Monday. …read more

Bogdan: F-35 Likely Protected in Next Budget

The F-35 joint strike fighter will likely be protected regardless of whether the Pentagon is operating under limits imposed by the Budget Control Act in fiscal 2016, the program’s top official said Monday. …read...

French Arms Exports Rise 42 Percent

France signed arms export contracts worth ?6.87 billion (US $8.8 billion) in 2013, up more than 42 percent from the ?4.8 billion in the previous year, despite tougher US competition and Russia, according to...

Comparative Connections v.16 n.2 – US-Southeast Asia

Senior US officials emphasized the centrality of Southeast Asia in the Obama administration’s rebalance policy at several ASEAN-based venues, where they stressed the roles of these organizations in regional diplomacy for resolving disagreements. read...

PacNet #72 – Comparative Connections Summaries

The September 2014 issue of Comparative Connections is available at http://csis.org/program/comparative-connections. Regional Overview: The Rebalance Remains Reality by Ralph A. Cossa and Brad Glosserman read more …read more

Comparative Connections v.16 n.2 – US-Korea

The summer months saw steady progress in ROK-US relations, following President Obama’s visit to Seoul where he offered reassurances on the US rebalance toward Asia. Military activity included Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises, involving tens...

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