Defense and Security

Op-Ed

What’s In a Name? A Lot, When It Comes to Military Equality, Recruiting, and Readiness

Author: Ronald A. LaBrec
ForeignPolicy.com

While the integration of Marine boot camp remains in question, one aspect of Secretary of Navy Mabus’s order to the Marines and the Navy should be welcomed — to review gender-specific language in the services’ job titles. This is a review all the services should consider on three counts — equality, readiness, and tradition.

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Op-Ed

Why China Hacks the World

Author: Adam Segal
The Christian Science Monitor

In this excerpt from his new book, The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age, Adam Segal explains the rise of Chinese hacking, its rationale, and what China hopes to gain by it.

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Primary Sources

Press Conference with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, Canadian Foreign Minister Dion, and Mexican Foreign Secretary Massieu

On January 29, 2016, Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion hosted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Mexican Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieua. The ministers discussed how the three countries can cooperate in the areas of energy and environment, combatting violent extremism, and reducing organized crime and human and drug trafficking. They also discussed the North American Leaders’ Summit scheduled for spring 2016.

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Article

Appeasing Iran Hurts Us in Iraq, Too

Authors: Max Boot and Michael Pregent
Washington Post

President Obama, fresh off the implementation of the nuclear accord and a prisoner swap, may want to believe that Iran is, as he suggested to NPR a year ago while discussing what it would take to get a deal done, now on its way to becoming “a very successful regional power” that will abide “by international norms and international rules.”

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News Release

Model Diplomacy, a New Free Simulation by CFR, to Educate Students on Global Affairs

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has launched Model Diplomacy, a National Security Council simulation that engages college and high school students to understand the challenges of shaping and implementing foreign policy. Students learn through a combination of independent research using multimedia resources and direct interaction with their teachers and peers.

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Article

China-Korea: A Complex China-ROK Partnership

Authors: Scott A. Snyder and See-won Byun
Comparative Connections

The September China-South Korea summit in Beijing catalyzed the resumption of trilateral talks with Japan in October and the launch of the China-South Korea free trade agreement in December. Beijing’s Korean engagement also included a visit to North Korea in October by Chinese Politburo Standing Committee member Liu Yunshan for 70th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK). Despite new initiatives to expand economic cooperation, Pyongyang’s apparent defiance of Chinese diplomatic efforts on denuclearization suggests further difficulties in China-North Korea relations.

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Article

North Korea's H-bomb and the Costs of American Indifference

Author: Scott A. Snyder
Washington Examiner

The White House moved quickly to debunk North Korea's exaggerated claim that a Jan. 5 "artificial earthquake" at the site where Pyongyang had conducted three previous nuclear tests was a breakthrough detonation of a hydrogen bomb. The size of the blast was similar to that of North Korea's January 2013 test and had a yield thousands of times lower than the yield expected of a hydrogen blast. But in downplaying North Korea's claim so as not to feed Kim Jong-un's cravings for international attention, the Obama administration risks underplaying the growing danger posed by North Korea's unchecked efforts to develop nuclear and missile capabilities needed to threaten a nuclear strike on the United States.

 

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Article

U.S.-Japan-Relations: Official Cooperation, Domestic Challenges

Authors: Sheila A. Smith and Charles McClean
Comparative Connections

Chinese land reclamation in the South China Sea as well as local opposition to Tokyo’s plans for building a new airfield to replace the U.S. Marines’ Futenma facility are the two main challenges for Washington and Tokyo in the new year, writes Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies.

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Op-Ed

Obama Prefers Special Ops to Combat Forces in the War on Terrorism. It's Not Working.

Author: Max Boot
Los Angeles Times

Last week the Defense Department announced a couple of significant appointments: Gen. Joseph Votel, head of Special Operations Command, or SOCOM, would become head of United States Central Command, in charge of all military operations in the Middle East. Lt. Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas, head of the Joint Special Operations Command (composed of the Army's Delta Force, Navy SEALs and other “Tier 1” forces) would gain an extra star and replace Votel as overall head of special operations.

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