19 years of “war without end” President George W. Bush decided to radically transform the Pentagon’s missions, as Colonel Ralph Peters explained in the Army magazine Parameters on September 13, 2001. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld appointed Admiral Arthur Cebrowski to train future officers. Cebrowski spent three years touring military universities so that today all general officers … Continue reading WHICH TARGET AFTER SYRIA?

Venezuela’s future depends on China, Russia

By Vijay Prashad Oil ministers recently gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, the epicenter of an oil rush that took place a century ago. They came for the 13th meeting of the ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC states. Before the meeting, all eyes were on Saudi Arabia and Russia, the leading … Continue reading Venezuela’s future depends on China, Russia

China-India rapprochement makes sense

By Ken Moak India made a U-turn on its relations with China in April when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to reset ties. He met with Xi again on the matter of rapprochement on the sidelines of the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) Summit in May. China-India rapprochement has taken the … Continue reading China-India rapprochement makes sense

Taliban crosses the Rubicon with Tashkent meeting

Against the backdrop of strengthening Afghan-Uzbek ties, the Taliban pays a visit to Tashkent By M.K. Bhadrakumar The Taliban, against the backdrop of tightening Uzbek-Afghan relations, last week paid a landmark visit to Tashkent, heralding new regional stature for the militant group. The Uzbek Foreign Ministry on Saturday released a terse statement confirming the visit … Continue reading Taliban crosses the Rubicon with Tashkent meeting

S Korea unveils plan for N Korean economic enrichment

Ideas for the North's development and regional integration, while ripe with promise, face obstacles and remain dependent on the US and denuclearization By Andrew Salmon South Korea presented its master plan for North Korean economic cooperation to the public last week, laying forth a roadmap not only for economic development north of the Demilitarized Zone, … Continue reading S Korea unveils plan for N Korean economic enrichment