UNCLASSIFIED CLEARED: IO READERS DRAFTED: DMCDONALD DATE: 11-17-2017 FROM: ASIA-PACIFIC SECTION CHIEF TO: IO SUBJECT: THE PRE-SOMETHING ERA – AMERICA’S LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE LIEUTENANT GENERAL JAMES DUBIK ASSERTS THAT HISTORY IS DIVDED INTO DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGICAL ERAS, ALL WHICH INFLUENCE GLOBAL EVENTS. DESPITE BEING IN THE INFORMATION AGE, HE BELIEVES A NEW ERA, CALLED THE PRE-SOMETHING ERA […]Read more "THE PRE-SOMETHING ERA – AMERICA’S LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE: Lecture By Lt. General (ret.) James Dubik"
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 […]Read more "China’s Influence Highly Likely To Grow In The Middle East In The Next 12-24 Months"
Stephen Russo – Guest Contributor 25 September 2017 Executive Summary: It is likely that the planned Libyan presidential election of 2018 will be delayed due to the split in the country between the two leaders: Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar in Eastern Libya and Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli. This is in spite of the UN backing […]Read more "It Is Likely The Planned Libyan Presidential Election of 2018 Will Be Delayed"
Haley Dodge – Guest Contributor 15 September 2017 Executive Summary: It is highly likely Chinese and Russian blockchain companies are pursuing a cryptocurrency alliance to build upon agreements to develop a new Russian ruble-backed cryptocurrency while furthering a strategic partnership between Chinese and Russian blockchains. Despite Chinese authorities stopping the proposed alliance, it is likely […]Read more "Chinese And Russian Blockchain Companies Highly Likely To Pursue Cryptocurrency Alliance"
Stephen Russo, Guest Contributor 21 August 2017 Executive Summary: It is likely that Saudi Arabia will continue to isolate Qatar, if Qatar does not agree to the arrangement laid out by the rest of the GCC, due to the fact Saudi Arabia feels threatened by Qatar’s alliance with Iran and its wavering stance on extremist […]Read more "Saudi Arabia Likely To Continue Diplomatic Standoff With Qatar"
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"
Yuhao Yang, Asia and Pacific Section Analyst 26 January 2017 Executive Summary: It is likely that Chinese government will continue to increase internet censorship through intensified regulations and increased technology. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) launched a 14-month crackdown on virtual private networks (VPN). Non-state-owned companies help the state conduct censorship. However, […]Read more "China Fortifies Internet Great Wall"