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How China Really Sees The South China Sea Ruling: A Rigged International Order?

When considering the implications of the South China Sea arbitral award, it is crucial to consider the political context in which China views the decision. The Tribunal stated that the award’s purpose is to facilitate negotiation between the disputants by clarifying their respective rights and obligations, averring that China’s actions have stemmed from a misunderstanding of its rights under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The US Air Force's Cost Dilemma

It’s a pretty big mess when the service secretary hasn’t heard about the latest procurement programs—which means that they’re maybe not really procurement programs. They’re at best, as Deborah James recently said with that awkward Washingtonian word, “pre-decisional”.

How Bush's Bad Idea that Turkey Could Join the EU Bombed

It was 2004, and the geopolitical chess pieces were positioned very differently from how they are today. Back then, Turkey wanted to join the European Union, Great Britain thought that that was a magnificent idea and France was skeptical. Oddest of all, the most vocal advocacy for Turkish accession and democratic reform came from an unlikely alliance of then-president George W. Bush and then-prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

US Navy's New AEGIS Destroyer Looks Very Impressive...But Is It Affordable?

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is urging the U.S. Navy to delay procurement of the service’s Flight III version of the long-serving Arleigh Burke-class (DDG-51) destroyer. The new destroyer subclass will replace the original SPY-1 phased array radar with an advanced SPY-6 gallium nitride-based active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar—which will be many times more powerful.

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