China’s Maritime and Other Geographic Threats
October 30th, 2013
The People’s Republic of China has active and/or dormant territorial disputes with practically all of its neighbors. China is today using paramilitary or military force to assert its territorial or economic zone claims against Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam and India. China also continues its more than two-decade long preparations for war against democratic Taiwan. Despite a relative peace that exists between them today, there is sufficient indication that China could in the future opt to pursue latent territorial claims against Russia, Mongolia and Korea. China’s key goal in the pursuit of its claims is to improve its geostrategic position in order to strengthen the dictatorship of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP). But as the Party’s insecurity increases, it cannot be determined how much it will “externalize” its internal contradictions by pursuing aggression, which then further justifies internal repression.
Central America’s Northern triangle: A time for turmoil and transitions
March 1st, 2013
Over the past decade the Northern Triangle of Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) has earned the unenviable position as one of the world’s most violent and lawless regions. The growing importance of the region as a multifaceted transshipment corridor for transnational organized crime (TOC) groups–primarily Mexican drug trafficking syndicates–has brought a new and dangerous alignment in the region’s power structures. The result has been that the three governments have moved beyond being weak, somewhat corrupt and unresponsive to almost non-functional in much of their national territories.
- Osprey vs. Bison in the the East China Sea by Richard Fisher, Jr. [09.20.2013]
- China's Advanced Helicopter Concepts by Richard Fisher, Jr. [09.07.2013]
- China’s ‘new relationship’ trap: Beijing’s overture implies U.S. concessions by Richard Fisher, Jr. [08.26.2013]
- The Saudis’ Duplicity by Alex Alexiev [08.22.2013]