For Hint of Iraq’s Future, Take Another Look at Vietnam War

Although it was common to hear ominous warnings of “another Vietnam” as Iraq devolved into insurgency in 2004, many soon concluded that the Vietnam analogy did not apply to Iraq. But Iraq’s unraveling over the past year suggests the Vietnam conflict may provide indications of Iraq’s future after all.

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BRICS Still Have a Long Way to Go From Grouping to Alliance

Ever since the BRICS grouping was coined in 2001, its members have been trying to transform their snappy acronym into a global player. And nobody has promoted that ambition more enthusiastically than Vladimir Putin. The problem is that not all BRICS members share his antipathy toward the West.

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Djibouti Cultivating Diverse Economic, Military Partnerships

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China is in negotiations with Djibouti to open a military base in the country, adding to its current roster of French, U.S., Japanese and EU military facilities. In an interview, David Styan, lecturer in politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, discussed Djibouti’s foreign relations. more

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Foreign NGOs Hamstrung by Indian Funding Regulations

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Last month, India canceled the licenses of 9,000 charities and NGOs for failing to declare information about foreign donations. In an interview, Noshir H. Dadrawala, CEO of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy, discussed the relationship between foreign NGOs and the Indian government. more

Defining Defense: Japan’s Military Identity Crisis

By Sheila A. Smith
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has implemented a rapid succession of security reforms meant to respond to Northeast Asia’s changing threat environment. Yet the Japanese public remains skeptical and cautious when it comes to lifting the post-WWII constitution’s limits on the use of the military. more

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India Rafale Deal Part of Needed Air Force Modernization

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Last month, India announced plans to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, though a final deal has yet to be signed. In an interview, Iskander Rehman, a nonresident fellow in the South Asia Program at the Atlantic Council, discussed India’s air force. more

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As Russia-China Alignment Grows, Shared Vulnerabilities Emerge

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One noteworthy aspect of last week’s Victory Day celebrations in Moscow was the emphasis Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping placed on their countries’ historical and other ties. Yet the two leaders’ growing alignment highlights shared vulnerabilities and inefficiencies common to authoritarian regimes. more