Author Archives : Rhett Hatch

How the PRC’s Newest IRBM Threatens American Military Power in the Pacific

DF-26’s Threat and Capabilities The range, speed, and accuracy of the Dongfeng-26 (DF-26), the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) newest intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), threatens Joint Region Marianas, where Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base (AFB) are located.[1] Unlike previous ballistic missiles developed by the PRC—which threatened American…

The International Response to the Attack on Saudi Arabia

On October 11, 2019, Posted by , In Asia,Europe,Middle East, By ,,,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on The International Response to the Attack on Saudi Arabia

n the coming weeks and months, the choices of European powers will greatly impact the future of the Iran-United States standoff. Iran risks alienating the Europeans if it continues to respond militarily in the face of American sanctions, but it also may encourage negotiations on its own terms if its pushback is successful. It remains to be seen how well France, Germany and the UK will balance the demands of their longtime American ally and the benefits of a new relationship with Iran.

How Jordan Fits Into American Foreign Policy

On October 3, 2019, Posted by , In Middle East,North America, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on How Jordan Fits Into American Foreign Policy

Jordan is a critical part of the United States’ strategy to limit unpredictable economic and political unrest in the Middle East, to maintain Israel’s security, and to counter terrorism in the region. In the eyes of America, Jordan’s primary role is to serve as a stable buffer between Israel and hostile forces and to maintain strong American economic, political, and military influence in the region.

Why the United States Must Remain Involved in Yemen

On June 16, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports,Middle East, With Comments Off on Why the United States Must Remain Involved in Yemen

It can be difficult to determine what the United States has to gain from involving itself in the Yemeni Civil War. The humanitarian crisis and the unsuccessful Saudi and Emirati attempts to defeat the Houthis have convinced some analysts that further American engagement in the war is unnecessary and even…

American Interests in Yemen

On May 23, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Middle East, By , With Comments Off on American Interests in Yemen

American interests in Yemen are currently centered around limiting Iranian influence, ensuring safe oil transit, and maintaining the security of Saudi Arabia. Secondary interests include counterterrorism, human rights, and overall stability in the Middle East. A brief look at the history of US-Yemeni relations will show how these interests have…