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CNN – Chinese military lasers injure US military pilots in Africa – 3 May 2018

  https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/03/politics/chinese-lasers-us-military-pilots-africa/index.html If true this targeting would violate the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, Protocol IV of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, issued by the United Nations on 13 October 1995. It came into force on 30 July 1998.  As of the end of April 2018, the protocol had been agreed…


The Week – 5 National Security Challenges America Faces in 2018 – 2 January 2018

DAVID FURST/AFP/Getty Images http://theweek.com/articles/745311/5-national-security-challenges-america-faces-2018 Harry J. Kazianis is director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, founded by former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon. In 2018, we will see a world trying to navigate around a series of potential powder kegs — some armed with a nuclear…


Current Events and Policy Involving North Korea – 1 August 2017

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/31/politics/north-korea-ejection-test-submarine-activity/index.html https://www.google.com/amp/www.nbcnews.com/news/north-korea/amp/sen-lindsey-graham-trump-says-war-north-korea-option-n788396 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/31/trump-vows-all-necessary-measures-to-protect-allies-from-n-korea-says-abe https://www.google.com/amp/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1AG04F And for some perspective from the Congressuonal Research Service (CRS): https://fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/R41259.pdf and CRS reports And https://www.rand.org/blog/2017/07/a-surgical-strike-against-north-korea-not-a-viable.html?adbsc=social_20170809_1721471&adbid=895299134793502724&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453



The Diplomat – China’s Maritime Operation: The ‘Gray Zone’ in Black and White – 18 May 2017

Image Credit: China Defense Blog http://thediplomat.com/2017/05/chinas-maritime-operation-the-gray-zone-in-black-and-white/ There is no problem in the “gray zone” because the “gray zone” does not exist. By Ben Lowsen May 18, 2017 “Much has been made lately of China’s maritime operations in the “gray zone,” referring to operations achieving military objectives like island seizure while…



CNN – Trump: US doesn’t ‘have to be bound’ by ‘one China’ policy – 11 December 2016

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/11/politics/donald-trump-china-taiwan/index.html?sr=fbCNN121216donald-trump-china-taiwan0145AMVODtopLink&linkId=32226969 https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL30341.pdfhttp://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2016%20China%20Military%20Power%20Report.pdfhttp://www.cfr.org/china/china-taiwan-relations/p9223 http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2016%20China%20Military%20Power%20Report.pdf http://www.cfr.org/china/china-taiwan-relations/p9223M  



South China Sea – Territorial Dispute

The links provided are a partial, work-in-progress webliography of recent media coverage and strategic thought regarding maritime territorial disputes in East Asia, particularly the South China Sea: http://www.economist.com/news/china/21702069-region-and-america-will-now-anxiously-await-chinas-response-un-appointed-tribunal?frsc=dg%7Cc http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-13748349 http://opiniojuris.org/2016/07/12/will-todays-blockbuster-award-save-or-destroy-unclos-dispute-settlement/ http://opiniojuris.org/2016/07/12/will-todays-blockbuster-award-save-or-destroy-unclos-dispute-settlement/ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36545565 https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42784.pdf https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R44072.pdf https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42930.pdf