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China’s Quagmire With Vietnam

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

China watchers’ eyes are trained on the Taiwan Strait, a body of water just eighty miles wide at its narrowest juncture, which could be the flashpoint of the next great-power war. China’s General Secretary, Xi Jinping, has made his intention to “reunify” mainland China with the island nation, if necessary by force.

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Pacific Century: Around The Horn With Ken Juster

interview with Ken Juster, Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Thursday, September 2, 2021

The latest on US-India relations with the US Ambassador.

In the News

What If The United States Is No Longer This Saigon?

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia Randrlife
Thursday, August 19, 2021

What if America Start will not come back? What will happen next? Is it time for China? Will Europe be the new leader of the free world? Or will it just be an old international mess?

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Kabul – Saigon 1975, Redux

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Monday, August 16, 2021

In the iconic movie Apocalypse Now, the protagonist, Captain Benjamin L. Willard (played by Martin Sheen), wakes up in a hotel nursing a massive hangover. “Saigon,” he grumbles. “Shit. Still in Saigon.” Forgive Americans for waking up today with a massive twenty-year hangover and muttering similar sentiments. Kabul has fallen, and the Taliban now rule Afghanistan.

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Naval Competition In The Indian Ocean

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The shipyards of the Indo-Pacific region have been busy of late. Built at the Cochin shipyard in Kochi, India, the carrier INS Vikrant has embarked on sea trials. After its work up to fully operational status, the Vikrant will join the INS Vikramaditya, commissioned in 2013.

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The Uncertain Fate Of America’s Allies

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

President Joe Biden’s recent announcement that the United States would remove all forces from Afghanistan by the end of August put at risk the lives of those Afghans who served with U.S. forces during two decades of conflict. Without American and NATO airpower, intelligence, and advisors, the Afghan National Security Forces are quickly losing ground to a surging Taliban.

In the News

The Mixed Legacy Of The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, Leaks And Prosecutions

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The Washington Post
Friday, June 18, 2021

At the height of the Revolutionary War, before our nascent nation’s Constitution had even been drafted, 10 American sailors sent a petition to maritime authorities revealing that the first commander in chief of the U.S. Navy had tortured British prisoners of war. The Continental Congress dismissed the Navy chief, who filed a libel suit against the men. 

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A Vietnam Retrospective

by Bing Westvia Military History in the News
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

President Biden has promised that by 2022, the residual American military forces will leave Afghanistan. When that happens, it will complete the trifecta of American failure in its three major wars in the last half century: Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam. Having spent years in Vietnam, when I look back, several causes for our failure there stand out.

Featured Commentary

A Day of Joy for the State within a State

by Christopher R. O'Deavia Strategika
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Among the container ships waiting for a berth at the port of Long Beach during the ocean-carrier traffic jam early this year were vessels of COSCO Shipping. The Chinese state-owned shipping company sails under the guidance of Captain Panda, a jolly stuffed-bear skipper decked out in crisp blue and gold nautical officer’s garb befitting the leader of one of the most powerful organizations of the Middle Kingdom.

In the News

China And Its Relationship With The US And The World

mentioning Elizabeth Economyvia ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Friday, April 23, 2021

US president Joe Biden has pledged a reformed approach to China and the United States’ relationship with the outside world.