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America’s Trouble with China

America’s Trouble with China | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Perhaps the best way to avoid confrontation is to cooperate on shared external threats, most notably nuclear proliferation, global climate change, and Islamic extremism. But getting to 2030 without a major confrontation will be a major achievement. 


In response to China’s capability to project power many hundreds of miles from its borders, the US (as I have suggested for the last 25 years) should develop a long-range bomber capable of penetrating sophisticated defenses and delivering great force. As US security interests shift to the Pacific, Americans now rely on increasingly vulnerable forward land bases and carrier fleets with tactical aircraft that have a combat radius of 300-500 miles (482-805 kilometers). But a long-range bomber would be more cost-effective than standoff bombers with cruise missiles, and its bases would be invulnerable to attack.


That said, America’s most serious challenge right now is to get the US economy and its governance in order. I believe that it can do that. But, unless and until it does, thereby giving President Barack Obama a firm basis from which to engage Xi on issues requiring international statesmanship, the prospect of trouble between the US and China will continue to grow.

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Dispute Over Islands Reflect Japanese Fear of China’s Rise

Dispute Over Islands Reflect Japanese Fear of China’s Rise | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
A chain of islands at the center of a territorial dispute have Japanese nationalists pushing the country to assert itself more boldly to counter China and South Korea’s explosive economic growth.
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Léon Panetta se rend en Asie pour renforcer les partenariats stratégiques des Etats-Unis

Léon Panetta se rend en Asie pour renforcer les partenariats stratégiques des Etats-Unis | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Le voyage du Secrétaire américain à la Défense s’inscrit dans le cadre de la nouvelle stratégie dite « du pivot » mise en œuvre par les Etats-Unis envers l’Asie-Pacifique. Présentée par Barack Obama en novembre 2011, elle pousse les Etats-Unis à renforcer leurs partenariats stratégiques dans la région, pour faire face à la montée en puissance de la Chine.

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Un groupe d'anciens soldats haïtiens demande la reformation de l'armée nationale

Un groupe d'anciens soldats haïtiens demande la reformation de l'armée nationale | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

La force de maintien de la paix de l’ONU et le gouvernement haïtien se pressent pour trouver une solution pacifique au conflit qui les oppose à un groupe d’anciens soldats. Défilant régulièrement dans la rue, ces derniers demandent le retour immédiat des forces armées haïtiennes, 17 ans après leur dissolution. Au nombre de 2 500 à 3000, ils ont donné au président la date limite du 18 mai, en veillant à rappeler le sérieux de leur action...

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Tajikistan: President Denies Requests for Foreign Bases

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Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic bordering Afghanistan, has rejected requests by foreign powers to allow them to set up military bases on its territory because it does not want to upset Russia, its president said Tuesday.
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Armenia, China Sign Military Cooperation Agreement

Armenia, China Sign Military Cooperation Agreement | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
“Agreements were reached on developing cooperation in military education, rear supplies, the military-technical and other spheres,” the ministry statement said without elaborating. Defense links between the two countries ...
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Yemen’s leader, President Hadi, Praises U.S. Drone Strikes

Yemen’s leader, President Hadi, Praises U.S. Drone Strikes | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — The president of Yemen gave an unqualified endorsement of American drone strikes in his country during a visit here on Friday, cementing his status as a favored counterterrorism partner of the United States.

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La puissance militaire du Turkménistan s'accroît rapidement dans la Mer Caspienne

La puissance militaire du Turkménistan s'accroît rapidement dans la Mer Caspienne | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Le Turkménistan est désormais capable de soutenir ses prétentions sur les ressources énergétiques de la Mer Caspienne grâce à une puissance militaire significative. C’est ce que révèle une édition spéciale du journal russe Natsionalnaya Oborona (Défense nationale). Une nouvelle qui vient bousculer le fragile équilibre géopolitique autour la Mer Caspienne et de ses richesses.

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European Forces Strike Pirate Base in Somalia

European Forces Strike Pirate Base in Somalia | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

European Union forces on Tuesday attacked a Somali pirate base for the first time, using a combat helicopter to strafe several of the signature fiberglass skiffs that the pirates use to hijack ships.

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Les armées africaines, obstacle à la démocratie ?

Les armées africaines, obstacle à la démocratie ? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

En mars dernier, le président malien Amadou Toumani Touré était victime d’un coup d’Etat. Quelques semaines plus tard, c’est en Guinée-Bissau que l’armée prenait le pouvoir. Entre 2008 et 2012, une vague de coups d’Etat militaires a touché l’Afrique, fragilisant les institutions civiles et politiques en Mauritanie, au Niger ou encore à Madagascar. Fort de ce constat, le Centre d’études stratégiques de l’Afrique (CESA) s’interroge sur un possible retour à la « règle militaire » sur un continent en perpétuelle transition démocratique.

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India: Italy Asks for Marines’ Release

India: Italy Asks for Marines’ Release | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The Indian police say the marines shot at an unarmed fishing boat, while Italian diplomats counter that the merchant ship only fired warning shots and did so in international waters.
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