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Forum: Global Issues & Threats 3 Days Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 72,587
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China and the United States: destined for war?

An IISS event last month with Professor Graham Allison talking about his new book (published May 2017) and entitled 'China and the United States: destined for war?'. There is a recording to listen to...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 3 Days Ago
Replies: 649
Views: 165,705
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Threat multipliers: the changing energy landscape, climate change, and water stress

A recent IISS event on these issues 'Threat multipliers: the changing energy landscape, climate change, and water stress' with a recording (63 mins); the...
Forum: South Asia 3 Days Ago
Replies: 139
Views: 98,537
Posted By davidbfpo
Two very different comments

A commentary on Anglo-Pakistani military relations by a Pakistani analyst @ RUSI, which is sub-titled:Link:https://rusi.org/sites/default/files/201711_newsbrief_37.4_alam_final.pdf

Personally I...
Forum: Intelligence 3 Days Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 6,911
Posted By davidbfpo
Issue No.2 is out

Issue No.2 'Intelligence in a Time of Rapid Change' and the summary says:Link:http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en/intelligence-time-rapid-change/

Not opened yet, time to add Xmas decorations under...
Forum: Intelligence 3 Days Ago
Replies: 289
Views: 185,523
Posted By davidbfpo
Coming to a 'small war' soon - thanks to ISIS

A NYT report 'How ISIS Produced Its Cruel Arsenal on an Industrial Scale' is a must read and sits better here then elsewhere IMHO -as this technology will migrate. The content is very dependent on...
Forum: Africa 3 Days Ago
Replies: 222
Views: 143,542
Posted By davidbfpo
The "Great Game" continues: new place, new nations

A good overview of the Turkish and UAE involvement in the region, primarily in Somalia /Somaliland. I do wonder if they will fare any better than all thsoe before them....
Forum: Law Enforcement 4 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 92,441
Posted By davidbfpo
Weapons Of Mass Surveillance

I missed this BBC Arabic Service report (55 mins podcast), in July 2017, and it fits here well. Their summary:Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-middle-east-40531967/weapons-of-mass-surveillance
Forum: Law Enforcement 4 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 11,494
Posted By davidbfpo
In Your Face: China’s all-seeing state

A BBC World Service report from Guiyang, a Chinese city in the south-west, with a population of over 4m and noted for its investment in big data and computing. Background and...
Forum: Law Enforcement 4 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 92,441
Posted By davidbfpo
In Your Face: China’s all-seeing state

A BBC World Service report from Guiyang, a Chinese city in the south-west, with a population of over 4m and noted for its investment in big data and computing. Background and...
Forum: Historians 5 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 29,523
Posted By davidbfpo
Reflections fifty years after exiting Aden

Post 6 refers to a forthcoming conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK's exit from Aden. Alas I had only short notice it was last week and managed to get a seat. It was a fascinating event,...
Forum: Africa 5 Days Ago
Replies: 798
Views: 205,948
Posted By davidbfpo
14 UN peacekeepers have been killed and 53 wounded

From the BBC a reasonably lengthy report on what the UN calls a 'war crime' after:Background:Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42285871

A useful map of the armed actors in the Eastern...
Forum: Africa 6 Days Ago
Replies: 241
Views: 134,751
Posted By davidbfpo
A book for the background, not the reality today

Hat tip to WoTR for this book review of Alexander Thurston's 'Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement' by a US SOF officer who has served recently in Nigeria....
Forum: Africa 6 Days Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 6,861
Posted By davidbfpo
Risk -v- Reward with remote operations

Hat tip to WoTR for their article, authored by a recent US SOF commander for the region and his key question:Later he provides a partial...
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 206
Views: 94,000
Posted By davidbfpo
London-based Yemeni watcher @ Kings College ICSR...

London-based Yemeni watcher @ Kings College ICSR ponders what next, notably:Link:https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-in-flux-the-only-certainty-is-there-is-no-certainty-1.681694
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 256
Views: 40,419
Posted By davidbfpo
Lessons from the Russian Front via Defense One

Thanks to a "lurker" this Ebook is available, behind a registration wall, dated August 2017 (23 pgs) and the blurb says:Link:http://www.defenseone.com/assets/lessons-russian-front/portal/
Forum: South Asia 1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 28,568
Posted By davidbfpo
This pearl is a white elephant

Hat tip to WoTR for this update on the "pearl" @ Hambantota, Sri Lanka:Link:https://warontherocks.com/2017/12/empty-sri-lankan-airport-shows-india-china-rivalry/
Forum: South Asia 1 Week Ago
Replies: 203
Views: 106,285
Posted By davidbfpo
Back to insurgency

Thanks to a "lurker" a pointer to book recommended by a SME:Link:https://www.reddit.com/r/india/comments/2bxpyo/i_am_v_balachandran_a_former_special_secretary/
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 206
Views: 94,000
Posted By davidbfpo
Yemen’s profound and tragic problems

Thanks to a "lurker" a recommendation for a new book 'Yemen in Crisis: Neo-Liberalism and Disintegration of the State' by a SME, Helen Lackner, and a short comment:...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 37,723
Posted By davidbfpo
Pan-Islamic Connections Transnational Networks Between South Asia and the Gulf

As if by magic yesterday Hurst Publishers notified this book was due out: 'Pan-Islamic Connections: Transnational Networks Between South Asia and the Gulf', which has this short...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 37,723
Posted By davidbfpo
The Yemeni (Hadhramaut Region) diaspora

Thanks to a pointer at a RUSI-British Yemeni Society conference on leaving Aden in 1967 (more on another thread one day) I learnt that Yemenis from the Hadhramaut Region, the former colonial era...
Forum: Historians 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 5,279
Posted By davidbfpo
New book on the Persian Gulf Command

Thread re-opened ten years since the last post! PM & email to original poster.

A short article that summarizes a new book, due out in May 2018 by Professor Ashley Jackson, which ends...
Forum: The Whole News 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 1,440
Posted By davidbfpo
Adam G cited: I find this 'scouting' now...

Adam G cited:

I find this 'scouting' now story barely credible. So the US government has had no contingency plans for homeland defence against a long predicted, possible threat? If true then...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 1 Week Ago
Replies: 106
Views: 59,764
Posted By davidbfpo
China's North Korea Debate: Redrawing the Red Line

A fascinating article from 'The Diplomat' which is sub-titled:
Link:https://thediplomat.com/2017/11/chinas-north-korea-debate-redrawing-the-red-line/
Forum: Africa 1 Week Ago
Replies: 388
Views: 141,488
Posted By davidbfpo
Mali: France's Afghanistan

An intriguing comparison and hat tip to WoTR for the article. Here is one poignant phrase:Link:https://warontherocks.com/2017/12/mali-is-frances-afghanistan-but-with-a-difference/
Forum: Intelligence 1 Week Ago
Replies: 158
Views: 109,522
Posted By davidbfpo
Michael Flynn admits lying to FBI

From the BBC News:Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42192080

After the initial promise, IIRC coming to public notice after his public document on Afghanistan this is hardly the update...
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