The Philippines Mulls a Visiting Forces Agreement with Japan

cc Robert Sullivan, modified, Flickr, 28 July 2012 Waimanalo, Hawaii, USA   Three Marine Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters approach for landing at the Marine Corps Training Area Bellows (MCTAB), Waimanalo, Hawaii on July 28, 2012.   1,400 Canadian sailors, soldiers, and airmen and airwomen participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 combined and joint exercise taking place near the Hawaiian Islands from June 29 to August 3. Scheduled and coordinated by the U.S. Navy Third Fleet, RIMPAC also offers Canada the senior members of the Canadian Forces the opportunity to assume positions of leadership, further enhancing Canadaâs ability to work with other nations of the Asia-Pacific region. RIMPAC 2012 involves forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States.   Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) is the worldâs largest international maritime exercise, designed to prepare military forces to work together in missions ranging from providing humanitarian aide to full combat operations. RIMPAC began as an annual exercise in 1971 and since 1974 has been scheduled every other year. The endurance of exercise demonstrates the value of bringing international forces together to train and improve their ability to operate in a joint and combined multi-national force environment. Canada, along with only Australia and the United States, has participated in RIMPAC since its inception.

Japan and the Philippines have drawn closer together in recent years, a process driven by complementary security interests. Could a VFA be next?

Whither Germany’s Defense Modernization?

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Checking in on the progress of Chancellor Scholz’s sweeping modernization of Germany’s armed forces.

The Ukraine Peace Proposal: Shadows of Versailles

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The rumored peace deal being tabled does not represent true rapprochement, and as such simply risks fueling new conflicts in the future.

Can Putin Pull Belarus into Ukraine War?

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Lukashenko has avoided direct involvement so far, but the screws are tightening as Russian losses mount in eastern Ukraine.

EU vs RT: A Propaganda Chess Match for the Ages

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It’s no easy task for EU states to get ahead of Russian propaganda, as evidenced by the resilience of RT France content despite official bans.

Qatar Uneasy amid Iran Protests

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The Qatari monarchy is all too aware that Tehran’s upheaval today could be Doha’s uprising tomorrow, and responds to the Masha Amini protests accordingly.

China Covid Protests: Xi’s Largest Test Yet

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If the past is any guide, the hammer is about to come down on China’s Covid protestors.

Can US Corporate Debt Markets Weather a Recession?


With a recession looming on the horizon, the COVID-era grace period of cheap money has nearly run its course.

The Impact of Designating Russia a Terrorist State

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The European Parliament’s move represents an important step, but complacency is a risk as the Ukraine war drags into 2023.

Russia’s Loss is Turkey’s Gain in Syria


Syria is the next theater where Russia’s diminished geopolitical clout could become evident as Turkey moves to implement a ‘safe zone’ along the northern border.

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