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Forum: Asia-Pacific 1 Day Ago
Replies: 711
Views: 80,125
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An empty "ace in the hole"

AdamG,

Given the reported closeness between China and Russia of late, often with a stress on commerce and trade, does Vietnam really have a claim upon Russian support? Yes, Russia is in the...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Day Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 250
Posted By davidbfpo
When nonviolent action is the last resort

A book review via Open Democracy on a subject SWC have discussed a few times before, in various arenas and lately vis a vis the Baltic states:

Link to...
Forum: OEF - Horn of Africa 2 Days Ago
Replies: 210
Views: 71,833
Posted By davidbfpo
It's the charcoal stupid: Al-Shabab's black gold

There are a small number of posts on the Somali charcoal trade, which reportedly assists financing Al-Shabaab and the murky part of the Kenyan Defence Force who did control Kismayo port.
...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Days Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 6,815
Posted By davidbfpo
Waiting for time to read

I really should not be let loose in a good bookshop, nor should attention be paid to recommendations here. Not in priority order.

'Soldier I: The Story of an SAS Hero' by Pete Winner (given the...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Days Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 6,815
Posted By davidbfpo
The British Army and the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan

I had the chance to read in the IISS Library, London 'Historical Experience: Burden or Bonus in Today's Wars - The British Army and the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan' by Eric Sanger; Publisher Rombach in...
Forum: Blog Watch 2 Days Ago
Replies: 92
Views: 44,390
Posted By davidbfpo
Military Innovation and Learning Research Group

A new UK-based group at the Uk Joint Command & Staff College, with a website and a Twitter account:
Link:http://www.militaryinnovation.org/
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 157
Posted By davidbfpo
Jordan: a small nation in an unenviable place

Prompted by a BBC News report a new thread has been created for this small country, that tries to simply survive amidst a hostile environment with a surfeit of enemies to hand and a some friends too....
Forum: Europe 3 Days Ago
Replies: 346
Views: 16,431
Posted By davidbfpo
A parched land: Crimea 2015

From Twitter:

Well SWC did highlight this last year IIRC.
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 3 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 1,541
Posted By davidbfpo
Without such an Afghan 'brother' the cause is lost

A USMC veteran of Helmand has a short WoTR column on the murder by the Taliban of a 'brother':
Link:http://warontherocks.com/2015/05/an-afghan-death-haji-abdul-manaf-was-my-brother/?singlepage=1
Forum: The Whole News 3 Days Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 390
Posted By davidbfpo
Why aren't more people paying attention to Chechnya?

Cited in part:

Craig,

For many reasons most regular SWJ posters watches other places than the Caucasus region and those places can change. Secondly for a long time I suspect many people thought...
Forum: Middle East 5 Days Ago
Replies: 225
Views: 27,655
Posted By davidbfpo
Moving up the agenda outside Libya?

The civil war, now with a dash of ISIS, does get some attention in the media, albeit with rare in-country reporting. Instead the consequences of the absence of a working Libyan state is seen in the...
Forum: Intelligence 5 Days Ago
Replies: 130
Views: 34,434
Posted By davidbfpo
Talking with the agencies

Yesterday, in the last post, I said:

Then today a tweet arrived from Duncan Campbell, an investigative journalist with a long history of exposing intelligence matters officialdom here would prefer...
Forum: Law Enforcement 6 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 8,782
Posted By davidbfpo
Link:http://www.embassynews.ca/news/2015/05/20/Wea...

Link:http://www.embassynews.ca/news/2015/05/20/Weak-link-between-religion-terrorism-Canada/47109#.VWDFbqrcvw5.twitter

We should all have such information, even better if linked to criminal...
Forum: Europe 6 Days Ago
Replies: 214
Views: 94,507
Posted By davidbfpo
Quarter of personnel 'preparing to quit UK armed forces'

Each year there is an official survey of attitudes within the armed forces, called The 2015 Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey...
Forum: Intelligence 6 Days Ago
Replies: 130
Views: 34,434
Posted By davidbfpo
The debate in the UK on intelligence post-Snowden...

The debate in the UK on intelligence post-Snowden continues, although usually away from the media foreground and as this article by a critic explains there has been a lot going on in legal...
Forum: Europe 6 Days Ago
Replies: 98
Views: 44,836
Posted By davidbfpo
After the US Army, the Bundeswehr is next

Well this is a surprise:
Link:http://www.baltictimes.com/germany_will_deploy_rotating_infantry_troops_to_estonia_in_2016/#.VVunjaly5YU.twitter

Now if others followed this example that should...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 6 Days Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 426
Posted By davidbfpo
Piracy: an update in six charts

The Independent using a consultancy report has six charts that show the emergence of a 'new pirate...
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 53
Views: 2,444
Posted By davidbfpo
Syria has chemical weapons: proving it

A short BBC article by SME on 'The challenge of assessing Syria's chemical weapons' when the regime has declared it has none:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32778193

He asks:The author...
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 117
Views: 9,531
Posted By davidbfpo
After recent events in Iraq, followed by a flurry...

After recent events in Iraq, followed by a flurry of news reporting and commentary it is difficult to ignore the criticism of US strategy, plus what is actually done "in country".

Professor John...
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 161
Views: 50,089
Posted By davidbfpo
Winning the battle, losing the war

A short WINEP commentary on Hezbollah's role in the Syrian civil war:http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/hezbollahs-victory-in-qalamoun-winning-the-battle-losing-the-war

Amidst...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 970
Posted By davidbfpo
For one Korean a luxury trip

A bizarre twist to this thread and the headline is enough:...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 4,803
Posted By davidbfpo
A film on the ANA: Tell Spring Not to Come This Year

I missed this film showing and talk @ The Frontline Club (London) and was reminded...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 102
Views: 21,483
Posted By davidbfpo
Under 'Open Skies': Russian spy plane in British skies

A confidence building measure:
Link:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/11618620/Russian-spy-plane-in-British-skies.html
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 466
Posted By davidbfpo
Reading Bin Laden's library and documents

Several pointers to the publicly released "treasure trove" from OBL's home @ Abbottad, which may help.

The documents...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 140
Views: 23,087
Posted By davidbfpo
SIS and the 'Costa' caliphate: what a militant claims the 'holiday' state is like

A UK C4 News commentary on an ISIS guide to the caliphate, aimed mainly at the UK and the West. In places one wonders if this is 'black' propaganda. It is very short at four...
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