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ACAD-II Concept Note

Logistical Information Media Registration Form(PDF) Participants Registration Form(PDF) Agenda (soon) Afghanistan-Central Asia Dialogue – II Afghanistan-Central Asia Dialogue – II 13-14 December 2014 Concept Afghanistan and five Central Asian Republics of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan,...

Russia Making Major Push Into Mideast Market

Following a decade of ‘near-absence’ in the Middle East, Russia is once again asserting itself as it looks to sell arms to former Soviet-era clients while breaking into the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) market....

Norwegian Budget Hike Gets Mixed Reviews

The 3.5 percent net increase in Norway’s 2015 defense budget has disappointed some leading military organizations and been called inadequate against a backdrop of increased regional tensions caused by Russian aggression in Ukraine. …read...

Interview with Mr. Nobody

Hwagyo is the Korean term for Chinese citizens or their descendants who live outside of China. ‘Mr. A,’ who defected from North Korea in 2007, lived under a hwagyo status in North Korea. Upon...

JIEDDO, Army Test Underground Robots

The Army Research Lab and the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) have just wrapped up a critical new test of small ground and air unmanned assets aimed at detecting improvised explosive devices in culverts...

Islamism and Islamists: a very short introduction

Islamism today has many faces: militant groups in Iraq and Lebanon, political parties in Tunisia and Egypt, and regimes in Iran and Saudi Arabia. But this umbrella term conceals the fact that these groups...

Calling the Enemy of Our Enemy an Enemy

The State Department announced Thursday that it held talks about ISIS with a Syrian Kurdish party. The party also happens to be linked to a group on the U.S. terror list. …read more

Thales Staff Urges Internal Pick for New Chairman

Staff at defense electronics company Thales called for an internal appointment of the next chairman following the French government’s surprise pick of Jean-Bernard Levy to head giant electricity utility Electricité de France (EDF), the...

The Next China Deal

IA Regnum military observer Leonid Nersisyan recently took a stab at preparing Russian public opinion for the eventual sale of S-400 SAMs and Su-35S fighters to China. A major arms deal with China should...

Rural wages in Asia: Good news to end the week

The Overseas Development Institute has a new report out on rural wages in Asia which is not exactly being overwhelmed with attention but which, as Oxfam’s Duncan Green argues, has momentous implications (my emphasis):...

ASPI suggests

On Monday, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will hand over the keys to the world’s fourth most populous country and Southeast Asia’s largest state to the president-elect, Joko Widodo aka Jokowi. To find out what that...

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