Defense Strategy

Analysis Brief

The Pacific’s Aussie Sheriff

Australia, once considered a minor power, increasingly plays a more prominent role in the Pacific Rim. As Canberra pursues a policy of creating stability across the region, Australian troops are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in East Timor and the Solomon Islands. But not everyone is thrilled with Australia's new prominence.

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Analysis Brief

Still Open for Business

President Bush recently said he would "like to end Guantanamo." After more than four years and much international outcry, that appears to be a subtle shift in the administration's public stance. But that does not mean the end is nigh for America's most notorious detention center.

See more in Defense Strategy; Terrorism; Human Rights

Analysis Brief

Reviewing the Defenses

The Pentagon's new Quadrennial Defense Review calls for modernizing air, land, and sea forces and emphasizes a more agile approach to confronting threats posed by non-state actors. But in contrast to the previous review, the defense department is dropping the language of military transformation to concentrate on fighting its war on terrorism.

See more in Defense Strategy; United States; Defense Budget


Forget the Subs: What Taipei Can Learn From Tehran About Asymmetric Defense

Authors: Colin Carroll and Rebecca Friedman Lissner
War on the Rocks

Ahead of the Donald Trump-Xi Jinping summit this week at Mar-a-Lago, Taiwan is understandably anxious. Trump’s ascendance to the American presidency has injected uncertainty into the U.S. approach to China and Taiwan — an element of foreign policy that is traditionally carefully calibrated to avoid upsetting the precarious cross-strait arrangement.

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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.”

See more in United States; Iran; Treaties and Agreements; Defense Strategy


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.

See more in United States; Japan; Defense Strategy; Regional Security