Military

Will the Quad Give Way to the Quint?

BAY OF BENGAL (July 17, 2017) Ships from the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Navy sail in formation, July 17, 2017, in the Bay of Bengal as part of Exercise Malabar 2017. Malabar 2017 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises between the Indian Navy, JMSDF and U.S. Navy that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cole Schroeder), cc Flickr ermaleksandr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

If the ties binding the Quad together are a shared fear of China’s growing power in the region, then there’s no reason to believe it won’t become the Quint some day.

Backgrounder: Joe Biden on China

NAVAL AIR STATION, North Island (May 14, 2009) Vice President Joe Biden addresses the crew of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Vice President and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, visited Ronald Reagan during a familiarization tour of naval facilities in the San Diego area. Ronald Reagan is preparing for its upcoming deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean later this spring. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Briana C. Brotzman/Released), modified, US Navy, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_090514-N-2344B-204_Vice_President_Joe_Biden_addresses_the_crew_of_the_Nimitz-class_aircraft_carrier_USS_Ronald_Reagan_(CVN_76).jpg

Examining the presidential candidate’s record on China for clues on the possible future of US-China relations.

UN Arms Embargo on Iran Lifted

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Tehran is now free to engage in global arms markets. But is anyone buying?

Singapore Charts a Middle Path Amid Worsening US-China Ties

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Singapore has always followed the middle path in its US and China relations, but with the advent of a new Cold War-esque bipolarity, that path is rapidly narrowing.

Invisible Warfare: NATO and the Geopolitical Storm on the Market Economy Horizon

cc Flickr Chairman of the Joint Chief, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

NATO states face a multitude of threats that transcend the military realm, and its high time that the Alliance’s planners took notice.

TikTok and the Need for a Declaration of Digital Rights

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The ongoing TikTok saga in the United States highlights the growing need for a ‘declaration of digital rights.’

NATO Relations under a Biden Presidency

NATO Training Mission-Af, cc Flickr, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/ntm-a_cstc-a/5346027296/in/photolist-9moxrU-dS9dPa-9cGQNp-99scXY-99pMEq-99mNux, 111109-N-1159B-299

Can a President Biden put the toothpaste back into the tube and restore faith in the North Atlantic Alliance?

Shifting Geopolitics Make US Leadership More Important than Ever

cc Flickr Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/cne-cna-c6f/49998818291/in/photolist-2jbe1Ke-S6omh7-25yLjhu-2co8sCx-N8TcYh-2jkp37J-guzbGR-2je7Fp9-2g5Bw4G-ZWftoV-2bEZezp-2h5A61y-2jktPzg-2d8ski9-295mgGz-tJJaHf-BdrfSZ-2jatJzw-2jkphSf-8UMU7g-2jkmnBD-7HMtJX-2eBwdsi-tJHw1E-AgpsJ7-peyw96-6dMMxZ-hoo9up-23x3iaz-Agpu7C-5kckCg-rR3kVv-4tQaRK-u22c4M-23yFYzB-AgpAAu-p21BUF-u1X6Gu-tJHvYq-2ffcu5C-tJz7yM-oqN1wb-tJS15R-HiHKCz-2h5ygoP-AgxGQB-2jgBDzN-e2F29D-o9k1GD-Aztzm2

Emerging challenges in the new geopolitical context need more, not less, US leadership and trans-Atlantic cooperation.

Understanding Turkey’s Foray into Russia’s Backyard

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Ankara has long deferred to Moscow’s interests in the South Caucuses, and nowhere is this more apparent than on Nagorno-Karabakh. What changed?

Flashpoint: Chad

A Chadian Special Forces soldier receives basic rifle marksmanship training at a live fire range Mar. 6, 2017 in Massaguet, Chad as part of Flintlock 17. Flintlock is an annual special operations exercise involving more than 20 nation forces that strengthens security institutions, promotes multilateral sharing of information, and develops interoperability among partner nations in North and West Africa. (Army photo by Sgt. Derek Hamilton) Unit: U.S. Africa Command DVIDS Tags: marksmanship; Flintlock; Chad; Flintlock17, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marksmanship_training_in_Chad_during_Flintlock_2017_170306-A-KH850-007.jpg

Today’s vulnerable states give way to tomorrow’s regional crises. First in a new series, we examine the challenges faced by Chad in the COVID-19 era.

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