New York Review of Books – Pakistan on the Brink Ahmed Rashid (again) on Pakistan’s current state…
Monthly Archives:: May 2009
New York Times – Pentagon Plans New Arm to Wage Cyberspace Wars The Pentagon plans to create a new military command for cyberspace, administration officials said Thursday, stepping up preparations by the armed forces to conduct both offensive and defensive computer warfare.
Esquire – Four Reasons North Korea Won’t Stop Being a Pain in the World’s Ass Thomas P.M. Barnett writes that this week’s tests were a local propaganda success gone globally awry, and a foreign-policy expert has bad news for us: The totalitarian, war-crime-worthy Pyongyang government and its cult of personality aren’t going away anytime soon [...]
Washington Post – North Korea Threatens Attack on South North Korea vowed Wednesday to attack South Korea if its ships are searched as part a U.S.-led effort to interdict vessels carrying missiles or weapons of mass destruction. It also declared that the truce that ended the Korean War was no longer valid.
Esquire – China at the Wheel of the World: Sissy or Superpower? Thomas P.M. Barnett writes that the Chinese may be helping the States, but can they help themselves? The view from Beijing is a tea party hell-bent on global leadership, but if the government can’t give up its moribund socialist movement, America might be [...]
Wall Street Journal – France to Open Naval Base in Abu Dhabi French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Monday his nation’s first military base in the Gulf is an important step in international cooperation to fight piracy and safeguard crucial oil routes.
The Times – Super-destroyer to guard 2012 Games The Royal Navy is on standby to deploy the world’s most advanced destroyer to protect the 2012 Olympics from a 9/11-style attack. Security chiefs are drawing up plans to moor one of the navy’s new Daring class of Type 45 destroyers in the Thames estuary. The ship, [...]
Wall Street Journal – Stalemate in Now Zad A single company of U.S. Marines is slugging it out with the Taliban in Afghanistan’s toughest ghost town. The battle shows how limited troop numbers have hurt the war—and why the U.S. is changing its strategy.
Virginian Pilot – Canadian, Italian navies stop pirate attack on Norfolk-based cargo ship The Maersk Virginia, a 950-foot U.S.-flagged container ship owned by Maersk Line Ltd. of Norfolk, escaped an attack by pirates today in the Gulf of Aden, Maersk said. The Canadian and Italian navies helped stave off the attack.
Wall Street Journal – Gulags, Nukes and a Water Slide: Citizen Spies Lift North Korea’s Veil With sleuthing and satellite images captured by Google Earth, a dozen or so citizen snoops are filling in the blanks on secretive North Korea’s map.
The Times – China’s accidental empire is a growing danger As the world’s newest superpower expands trade and flexes its military muscle, a perilous regional arms race looms.
New York Times – Arms Sent by U.S. May Be Falling Into Taliban Hands C.J. Chivers writes that Insurgents in Afghanistan, fighting from some of the poorest and most remote regions on earth, have managed for years to maintain an intensive guerrilla war against materially superior American and Afghan forces. Arms and ordnance collected from [...]
The Age – Navy to the rescue as pirates attack in the Gulf Royal Australian Navy warships have raced to the aid of merchant vessels under fire from pirates in the Gulf of Aden, in the area commonly known as Pirate Alley.
The Economist – Seabed mining: The unplumbed riches of the deep And why they’ll wait a while longer before being disturbed.
The Economist – The scramble for the seabed: Suddenly, a wider world below the waterline Coastal states have now made their bids for vast new areas of continental shelf.
BBC – UK ‘at risk of sea-borne attack’ Britain is vulnerable to terrorist attack from the sea because no single body is responsible for protecting the UK’s coast, MPs have warned.
The Economist – An awkward absence America is missing out by being stand-offish towards the law of the sea. So is the sea.
Foreign Affairs – The Ways of Syria As Washington considers a rapprochement with Bashar al-Assad’s Syria, Itamar Rabinovich’s commanding new book makes clear that change will not come quickly or easily — and, if the past is any indication, it may not come at all.
Washington Post – A Single-Minded Focus on Dual Wars Greg Jaffe on Secretary of Defense Gates’ attempt to change the military.
BBC – China asserts sea border claims A UN commission hoping to agree new maritime boundaries looks set to pit China against some of its neighbours.