View Full Version : Flashpoints: small, strategic patches of land

01-15-2018, 07:39 PM
Prompted by a the linked article on Djibouti, with its plethora of foreign bases, this is a "work in progress" on the impact of strategic pieces of small patches of land. So not Australia.

There is a parallel thread Strategic Islands (http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/Strategic Islands) with 26k views.

The author contends that the competition for bases could lead to conflict, not IMHO an argument that persuades. Nor does Djibouti earn the sub-title's label:
Strategically placed at the entrance to the Red Sea, Djibouti is home to more foreign bases than any other country.

It is accurate for the Horn of Africa region, there are many countries that have more bases.

Who are there then? China, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia, USA; with India, Turkey and Russia expressing interest.

Where else could be a 'strategic pieces of small patch of land'?

There is an existing thread The Golan Heights: a flashpoint coming? (http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/The Golan Heights: a flashpoint coming?)

02-03-2019, 12:43 PM
Hat tip to SWJ for this update. It adds a couple of nations looking to have access there too, notably India.