Haley Dodge, Guest Contributor 29 July 2017 Summary The recent Nuclear Ban Treaty adopted by 122 nations on July 7, 2017 heads towards ratification on September 20, 2017. The treaty calls for the prohibition of state parties from developing, producing, manufacturing, acquiring, possessing, stock piling, stationing, installing, deploying, transferring, using, and threatening to use nuclear […]Read more "The UN Nuclear Ban Treaty: Proposal for the Complete Elimination of Nuclear Weapons"
By Anthony H. Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy With the assistance of Joseph Kendall Published: August 1, 2016 Summarized by Guest Analyst: Taylor J. Moore Hutton URL: https://csis-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/publication/160801_chinese_military_reform.pdf Executive Summary: Significant modernization and restructuring is needed to make the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) effective in modern warfare. The PLA followed the Soviet military’s model […]Read more "DOCSUM: China Military Organization and Reform"
David McDonald – Asia-Pacific Section Chief North Korea Fires SCUD-class Ballistic Missile, Japan Protests 29 May 2017 Reuters (SEOUL) – On 29 May, North Korea (DPRK) fired a SCUD-class, short range missile into the Sea of Japan. The launch followed two unsuccessful medium-to-long range launches by DPRK. The 29 May launch is the country’s […]Read more "Asia-Pacific Region: Intelligence Summary: 29 May 2017"
Yuhao Yang, Asia & Pacific Section Analyst 27 November 2016 Executive Summary: It is likely that China will continue to pressure Singapore over South China Sea disputes as well as Singaporean-Taiwanese military cooperation. Hong Kong seized armored vehicles of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Beijing continues its warnings against Singapore’s involvement in the South China […]Read more "China Increases Pressure on Singapore over South China Sea and Taiwan"
By Joshua Kurlantzick Summarized For IO Readers by David McDonald- Link: http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publications/ethics_online/0122 Executive Summary: Given the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) losses in the Middle East, it is now focusing its sights on other parts of the globe. Though it is focusing attacks elsewhere, ISIS’ recruitment efforts are focused on other regions of heavy […]Read more "Southeast Asia – The Islamic State’s New Front? – DOCSUM"
Spear-Phishing Highly Likely to Increase Through 2017 Max Kobrak – Cyber Technology and Security Correspondent 17 September 2016 Executive Summary: The demographics of phishing scams are shifting to favor more sophisticated spear-phishing attacks. Since spear-phishing is tailored to a specific target, it is harder to detect and is often more successful; especially when the target […]Read more "Spear-Phishing Highly Likely to Increase Through 2017"
East Asia Correspondent – David McDonald SPECIAL CASE REPORT: Dhaka Attack Displays ISIS’ Increased Presence In Bangladesh And Its Escalation In Violence Executive Summary: ISIS’ most recent attack on a Dhaka café displays its increased presence in Bangladesh and its attempts at escalating violence. ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack that occurred on a café […]Read more "SPECIAL CASE REPORT: Dhaka Attack Displays ISIS’ Increased Presence In Bangladesh And Its Escalation In Violence"