Military

Turkey’s Libya Gambit Will Not Go Unanswered by Egypt

Three old Libyan tanks, derelict after the failed intervention in the Chadian civil war. cc Flickr David Stanley, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Turkey’s expanding role in the Libyan Civil War presents a security threat to Sisi’s Egypt, one that is unlikely to go unchallenged.

COVID-19 Update: USA

cc Flickr National Guard, modified, Lt. Col. Dwight Harley, of the 119th Medical Group, takes a swab sample from an asymptomatic Fargo police officer who is volunteering to take a COVID-19 test in the parking lot of the FaroDome, N.D., April 25, 2020. He is wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to stay safe while he works and help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus while testing people as they drive through the mass testing process in their vehicles. He is just one of the many N.D. National Guard members partnering with the N.D. Department of Health and other civilian agencies in support of the whole community response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Asymptomatic first responders are among the people being tested to learn more about the Coronavirus. The healthy first responders are participating the community effort to test the mass testing process for future testing. Approximately 1,000 people were tested in the seven-hour testing event on April 25, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by CMSgt David H. Lipp), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With around 3 million total cases and 130,000 deaths, the United States is now home to the largest COVID-19 outbreak in the world.

Warfare Evolved: Quantum Radar

cc Flickr Air Combat Command United States Air Force, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – As a B-2 Stealth Bomber takes off, you can see the heat coming off the runway during the cold winter day, January 5. The B-2 is part of the 509th Bomb Wing arsenal of 20 stealth bombers with a conventional and nuclear mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Carlin Leslie)

The next great leap in radar technology threatens to render strategic standards like stealth technology and signal jamming irrelevant.

Hong Kong Security Law Ringing Alarm Bells in UK, Canada, and Australia

Hong Kong protests in 2019; cc Flickr Studio Incendo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In rhetoric, and increasingly in the realm of defense spending as well, Western countries are preparing for a more adversarial relationship with China.

Al-Kadhimi Government Faces Its First Test in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, modified, cc The Media Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mustafa_al-Kadhimi.jpg

Iraqi Prime Minister Mostafa al-Kadhimi is taking on the militias, and the early results aren’t encouraging.

Daulat Beg Oldi: Flashpoint of the Himalayas

cc Flickr irumge, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Ground-level changes are altering the strategic balance and fueling conflict between India and China in the Himalayas.

COVID-19 Is Amplifying the Plight of Turkish and Iranian Kurds

A COVID-19 victim is buried in a temporary grave in Iran; author Behzad Alipour, modified, cc 4.0, Fars News, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Temporary_graves_in_Iran_during_COVID-19_pandemic_1.jpg

COVID-19 is making a bad situation even worse for various long-suffering Kurdish populations.

Islamic State and Al-Qaeda Clash in the Sahel

Operation Flintlock training in 2018, cc Flickr USAFRICOM, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Background on the worsening clashes between Al Qaeda and Islamic State’s regional affiliates in the Sahel.

The Geopolitical Implications of Israel’s West Bank Annexation Plan

cc Flickr Terrazzo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A geopolitical reading suggests that annexation is only a matter of time.

India’s Water Crisis: Beyond Chennai

A water truck in Kolhapur, Maharashtra; author: Arne Hückelheim, modified, https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:WaterTruckCropped.JPG

For India, the road to great power status is frought with critical water management challenges.

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