security. Both Japan and China are seriously interested in drones and robotics as systems of the future. Given the inclination
s of youth in both countries, conflict may seem like a complicated video game.”
Decisions remain to be made in South Korea in the areas of missile defense, tactical fighter aircraft, and command-and-control arrangements that will be significant for not only South Korea but also all states that
have an interest in Northeast Asia’s peace and stability. For a rundown of South Korea’s missile, cyber,
special operations, and nuclear capabilities, read the latest
series about the defense capabilities of America’s allies and security partners.
The East China Sea may see the world's first war started by aerial drones. Unless China and Japan quickly find some way to settle their territorial dispute, they will move toward a military clash.
examines the dangerous costs of bumbling in Tokyo, aggression in Beijing, and passivity in Washington. Also in The Wall Street Journal,
examines why India is lackadaisical on terror. To score political points, New Delhi politicians openly sympathize with suspected terrorists. Dhume
exit from Afghanistan next year
with the Taliban still unvanquished
will boost radical Islamist morale across South Asia and beyond. Stepped up attacks by militants on the Indian army in Kashmir, as well as border skirmishes between India and Pakistan, have ended a decade-long lull in violence in the disputed
territory. . . . At the same time, New Delhi’s foreign
-policy mandarins have attached no special urgency to deepening ties with Israel, the U.S
. and other Western democracies.” The bottom line: Even as security in India’s immediate neighborhood deteriorates, the country’s politicians and foreign
-policy mandarins remain unprepared to face the challenge.
Turkey’s Kurdish problem has not
gone away. Turkish self-congratulation on the Kurdish peace process is decidedly one-sided as Turks refuse to make any real reforms.
blog for a closer look at the wave of sectarian strife hitting Turkey
“The AKP has had long had a sectarian agenda. While the AKP claims it represents minorities, its first
parliament included not a single Alevi deputy even though the Alevi represent 20% of the population. Prime
Minister Erdoğan, in the true fashion of Islamist dictators, demanded that Sunni school teachers re
Alevi school children.” As Turkey starts down the sectarian road, it h
as no one but its leadership in Ankara to blame. That is what happens when a prime minister prioritizes religious ideology over economic and political pragmatism.
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