Developing a Chinese Counterterrorism Strategy

On June 25, 2014, Posted by , In Asia, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Developing a Chinese Counterterrorism Strategy

In April, President Xi Jinping visited the Uyghur Autonomous Region and spoke specifically on the issue of combating terrorism. China has recently developed a new National Security Commission to deal with “unconventional security”. Given the escalating situation in various autonomous regions, the likelihood that China will develop a broader official counterterrorism program under the new commission is high. XinJiang Autonomous Region stages some of China’s most violent separatist movements, the most violent of which being considered as developing terrorist-threats. This new commission and subsequent program could be a major opportunity for the U.S. to deal directly with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the police force. In previous attempts to foster greater cooperation, the military has been the most difficult point to reconcile.

At a Crossroads with Mexico

The U.S.-Mexican relationship is at an important crossroads. Congress is debating the issue of immigration reform. New developments in the war on drugs have prompted questions about cooperation with Mexico. President Peña Nieto has adopted a plan for reform that provides the United States an opportunity to support its southern neighbor and solidify relations. At the same time, however, China is busy spreading its own influence in Mexico.

Cybersecurity: Closing the Back Door to America’s Enemies

On January 31, 2013, Posted by , In Asia,Middle East,North America, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Cybersecurity: Closing the Back Door to America’s Enemies

On October 25, 2012, The New York Times published an eye-opening report on an extensive, billion-dollar business empire constructed by relatives of China’s prime minister, Wen Jiabao.  Three months later, the Times revealed it had been undergoing intense cyber attacks even before the report was publicly released.  Cooperating with AT&T,…

Security Costs of the U.S. National Debt

On October 26, 2012, Posted by , In North America, By , With Comments Off on Security Costs of the U.S. National Debt

In the last Presidential debate of the 2012 election cycle, both President Obama and Governor Romney referred to the U.S. national debt as a growing threat to security. These claims echo the 2011 remarks of Admiral Michael Mullin, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asserting that the…

The Dangers of an Anxious Iranian Government Perceiving a ‘Psychological War’

On October 10, 2012, Posted by , In Middle East,North America, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on The Dangers of an Anxious Iranian Government Perceiving a ‘Psychological War’

On Tuesday, President Ahmadinejad accused the United States and “internal enemies” of waging a “psychological war” against Iran in an attempt to stop Iranians from ditching the weakening rial for U.S. dollars.  This “war” refers to the significant problems Iran faces, including the U.S.-led economic sanctions, a threatened Israeli military…