China’s Influence Highly Likely To Grow In The Middle East In The Next 12-24 Months

Stephen Russo – Guest Contributor 06 November 2017 Executive Summary It is highly likely that China’s influence in the Middle East will continue to grow in the next 12-24 months due to China’s implementation of its One Belt One Road initiative. China’s main strategic plan for the Middle East revolves around the One Belt One […]

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The UN Nuclear Ban Treaty: Proposal for the Complete Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

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 […]

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DOCSUM: China Military Organization and Reform

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 […]

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China Increases Pressure on Singapore over South China Sea and Taiwan

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 […]

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Southeast Asia – The Islamic State’s New Front? – DOCSUM

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 […]

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Spear-Phishing Highly Likely to Increase Through 2017

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 […]

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