Yearly Archives: 2017

Chinese drones and Russian air defense missiles: Why America’s Middle East allies are shopping elsewhere for some of their weapons

by Paul Iddon. The United State’s Middle East allies are increasingly using other sources to either purchase weapons which Washington won’t sell or equipment with comparable capabilities to what Washington has to offer. This ranges from drones, which the U.S. … Continue reading

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Fast Friends? Turkey arrives in Somalia

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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China’s Shigatse Gets New Infrastructure

Satellite imagery has revealed some new developments at the Shigatse civil-military airfield, the closest People’s Liberation Army Air Force deployment near the disputed Doklam plateau. Sentinel 2 imagery captured on 11 November 2017 shows continued progress on a new runway … Continue reading

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Rezension: NATO in (Un-)Ordnung

Von Danny Chahbouni. Danny hat Geschichte und Politikwissenschaft an der Philipps-Universität Marburg studiert. Die Welt um uns herum verändert sich rapide. Zu Beginn des Jahres diagnostizierte der Vorsitzende der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz, Wolfgang Ischinger, eine Zeit “maximaler Verunsicherung“. Dies drückt sich … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Taliban’s flourishing narco-state

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is an analyst and journalist specializing in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has a comedic email list about the Middle East that you can join here. The Wars on Drugs and on Terror intersect in Afghanistan. … Continue reading

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A Referendum Too Far? Crisis Management in Togo

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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The struggle between regular armed forces and paramilitaries in Iraq, Iran and Syria

by Paul Iddon. Today, in a span of territory stretching from Iran’s frontiers with Afghanistan and Pakistan to Lebanon’s Mediterranean coast are states in which paramilitary forces have formidable power either competing with, or exceeding, the power of regular conventional … Continue reading

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Mehr Geld für die Deutsche Bundeswehr – Goldene Zeiten für die Rüstungsindustrie?

von Björn Müller (Facebook / Twitter). Er ist Journalist in Berlin mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheits- und Geopolitik. Dieser Artikel basiert auf dem Manuskript der NDR-Sendung “Streitkräfte und Strategien” vom 03.06.2017 — der dazugehörige Podcast befindet sich hier. Die Bundeswehr braucht … Continue reading

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Markt-Rundschau: Bodengestützte Luftverteidigung

Die bodengestützte Luftverteidigung (BODLUV) der Schweizer Armee ist in die Jahre gekommen: Die Wirkungshöhe ist mit rund 3’000 m über Boden zu gering, das Gleiche gilt für die Reichweite und auch die Unwirksamkeit gegenüber Lenkflugkörpern sowie Artilleriegeschossen ist heutzutage kaum … Continue reading

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Belarus Preps Angolan Aircraft to Depart

A review of satellite imagery shows some new developments at the 558th Aircraft Repair Plant in Baranovichi. Co-located at the 61st Fighter Airbase, the Belarusian-based Plant overhauled two former Indian Su-30K Flanker attack aircraft, imagery from August and September 2017 suggests. According to domestic sources, … Continue reading

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