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US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel

(Source: www.channelnewsasia.com)

WASHINGTON: A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two U.S. ships, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the Gulf area this week. 345 more words

Current Affairs

'Fortress Gibraltar' In the 21st Century

As Field Marshall Sir John Chapple so eloquently put it in 1995, the Rock of Gibraltar is, “Probably the most fought over and most densely fortified place in Europe, and probably, therefore, in the World.” The tiny Overseas Territory has long been a key strategic asset to the UK, since its capture in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession, and subsequent formal cession in 1713 under the Treaty of Utrecht. 440 more words



The slogan “Make in India” reverberated the Government corridors and social media for the better part of 2014-15. Little seems to have moved forward on the sloganeering in 2016. 656 more words

Appeals for the SBU to investigate former Governor Skoryk -2014 events

A few days ago Ukraine released audio intercepts of telephone calls between Sergey Glazyev, Krill Frolov and others plotting and scheming the undermining of Ukraine in 2014. 798 more words


Studying France's defence policy

I published two articles in the Journal of Strategic Studies on France’s defence policy. They are part of a special issue on France in the transatlantic security order I guest-edited, and which includes articles from Alice Pannier (US-UK-France relations), Stephanie Hofmann (French party politics and policies towards NATO), Olivier Chopin (intelligence reform), Nicolas Giacometti (nuclear policy) and… 263 more words

Olivier Schmitt

British Forces Cyprus

When Cyprus gained its independence in 1960, the United Kingdom retained two ‘sovereign base areas’ – regions of Cyprus that remain under British control, but under certain provisions. 635 more words


Weaponized Drones

They’re cheap, they’re light, and they can carry a small bomb: The commercial drone is essentially a new terror gadget for organizations such as Hezbollah, Islamic State, or anyone else looking to wreak havoc on a budget. 205 more words