Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog
In late November, while Imran Khan, an athlete turned populist politician, was lambasting the United States and inciting his party workers to stop NATO supplies on the streets of Pakistan, there was an Iranian door opening on the other side of the world that could also mean the closing of Pakistan's door as a strategic geo-political partner to the United States.
The rise of many jihadi affiliates around the Africa and the Middle East has renewed the American media quest to anoint “The Next Bin Laden”. Lacking any real information or expertise on emerging leaders some analyses has settled on older known quantities; namely Abu Musab... Read more... Tags: al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Abu Musab al-Suri, Abu Bakr Naji, iraq, Syria
More lines were drawn in the East China Sea (or rather in the skies above it). With very little notice, China declared a sweeping air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over much of the East China Sea as of November 23 at 10:00 a.m. (local time). Countries typically use such zones to expand their early warning against potential airborne threats. Aircraft that fly within those zones are required to file flight plans and identify themselves to the appropriate authorities; otherwise those... Read more... Tags: China, Japan, air defense identification zone, ADIZ, East China Sea, South China Sea, Diaoyu, Senkaku, Suyan, Ieodo, Socotra, ASEAN, Brunei, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, United States, Natuna Islands, Okinawa, Paracel Islands, Scarborough Shoal, Spratly Islands, charm offensive
Jordanian Foreign Minister, Nasser Judeh, announced on Sunday that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has officially applied for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) - a position that it has previously... Read more... Tags: Jordan, UNSC, Arab Spring
The Snowden leak of thousands of NSA documents has been a nightmare for the organization. No intelligence organization that is used to, and feels comfortable with, working in the shadows, wants to have its utmost secrets in the public domain, free for all to see. The leaked documents exposed the extent of the U.S. surveillance apparatus, its methods of information collection, and many specific targets of surveillance, revealing an extensive system far greater and more capable than what we... Read more... Tags: NSA, Snowden, Jihadis, Counterterrorism, Deterrence