Iran in Latin America: Threat or Axis of Annoyance?

Senior Fellow Douglas Farah's analysis of the debate over the level of threat posed by Iran's expanding diplomatic, trade and military presence in Latin America, and its stated ambition to continue to broaden these ties.read more

Chinese Naval Modernization: Altering the Balance of Power

Richard Fisher details China's naval modernization program and the potential impacts on U.S. interests in the Western Pacific.read more

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A Deadline for Mr. Kim?
by Gordon Chang

Published on October 1st, 2004
After having denied its self the options of more “final” solutions to North Korea’s looming nuclear threat, the United States is settling on a strategy that could be called “Engagement.”But even this less than optimal policy option can be made palatable. read more
North Korea's New Missiles
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on September 20th, 2004
Since first reports in August 2003, it has become clear that North Korea has succeeded in building a new generation of ballistic missiles that use storable liquid fuels based on early 1960s Russian technology.These new missiles offer terror-supporting North Korea more dangerous missile basing options, including that of sea-basing.They also raise disturbing questions about Russian missile technology transfers to North Korea, which can also be expected to proliferate this new technology. Article features unique artists projections. read more
Gwadar Deep Water Port Project: Implications For Pakistan And China
by Lt. Gen. (R) Talat Masood

Published on September 22nd, 2004
China is now funding and largely building a new port city at Gwadar, on the Western part of Pakistan’s seacoast.This program will serve to deepen China’s role in Pakistan’s economy.But it could also serve Chinese strategic goals, especially that of assisting the development of China’s Western provinces. read more
Backfires and the PLA-AF's New 'Strategic Air Force'
by Dr. Carlo Kopp

Published on September 22nd, 2004
There are credible reports that Chinese Air Force doctrine will soon evolve to include long-range “strategic” strike missions.Some reports indicate that to fulfill these new requirements China will purchase Russia’s Tupolev Tu-22-M3 “Backfire” bomber.If it does so, this unique strike bomber will greatly expand the capabilities of China’s Air Force.Article contains unique illustrations. read more
U.S.-Japan Security Cooperation for Homeland Security: The Cases of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Counter-Bio-Terrorism
by Katsuhisa Furukawa

Published on September 23rd, 2004
A new focus on functional problems of the WMD proliferation and terrorism has prompted the governments of the United States and Japan to transform the bilateral alliance from the one to deal with regional contingency to the one to combat global problems.read more
Deterring a Chinese attack against Taiwan: 16 steps
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on April 2nd, 2004
With the reelection of President Chen Shui Bian and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government, Taiwan takes a significant step toward consolidating its democracy, but Chen's victory is also likely to cause Communist China to intensify its preparations for war. To avoid what could be a very hot war on the Taiwan Strait, President George Bush should focus greater and more urgent attention on what is required to deter a Chinese attack on Taiwan. read more
PLAAF Equipment Trends
National Defense University Conference, “PLA and Chinese Society in Transition”
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on October 30th, 2001
Despite its never having done so before in a large fashion, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is pursuing an overall modernization program to enable the conduct all-weather offensive and defensive operations in a modern high-technology environment. This is consistent with the general doctrinal goal to build a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) capable of waging “Local War Under High Tech Conditions.”Expansion of all-weather offensive capabilities is a relatively recent and ominous trend in the PLAAF.Apparently, this could include offensive naval strike missions for the PLAAF and greater consideration of using Airborne Forces in a strategic strike capacity. read more
The PLA'S High-Tech Future
Jamestown Foundation China Brief (Volume 1, Issue 4)
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on August 28th, 2001
It is increasingly evident that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) is devoting considerable resources to the research and development of advanced high-technology weaponry. An apparent crash program now seeks to build new weapons for a conflict over Taiwan. But, more broadly, this effort warrants vigilance by the United States because there is the potential that China could achieve technical breakthroughs that would enable them to exceed certain U.S. military capabilities. read more
China Buys New Russian Destroyers
Jamestown Foundation China Brief (Volume 2, Issue 3)
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on January 31st, 2002
China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) signed the new year in with a January 3 contract for two Russian Project 956EM Sovremenny class destroyers to be delivered by 2006. The purchase highlights the continued growth in the PLA's combat potential, a gathering capability to put military pressure on Taiwan and the continued troubles the PLA faces in producing its own advanced warships. read more
China Not Yet an Ally
Jamestown Foundation China Brief (Volume 1, Number 6)
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on September 27th, 2001
While the United States is correct to seek China's assistance in what will be a long war against terrorism, it should harbor no illusions that China will share all of America's goals in this fight, or that China will cease being a longer term adversary. read more
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