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Benjamin David Baker

Benjamin David Baker

Benjamin David Baker is an editorial assistant at The Diplomat. He is currently serving as a reserve officer in the Norwegian Armed Forces and has previously worked and published at the International Law and Policy Institute and the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. He received his Master of Arts from the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where he focused mainly on Chinese Foreign and Security Studies. He writes mainly on military affairs, China, the Indian Ocean, and the Arctic.

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What Does Australia's Defense White Paper Actually Say?
March 05, 2016
What Does Australia's Defense White Paper Actually Say?
When reading Australia's latest defense white paper, it's prudent to take stock of the greater picture.
What Does Australia's Defense White Paper Actually Say?
Meet Chengdu's Ace Fighter Designer
January 20, 2016
Meet Chengdu's Ace Fighter Designer
Yang Wei might be an unfamiliar name to most observers, but his aircraft, and his underlying philosophy towards designing them, isn't.
Meet Chengdu's Ace Fighter Designer
What If the Australians Had Lost the Kokoda Trail Campaign?
January 19, 2016
What If the Australians Had Lost the Kokoda Trail Campaign?
A few poorly trained and equipped Australian militiamen won one of the Pacific War’s most improbable victories.
What If the Australians Had Lost the Kokoda Trail Campaign?
A False Start for Sino-Pakistani JF-17 <em>Thunder</em>?
January 09, 2016
A False Start for Sino-Pakistani JF-17 Thunder?
Malaysia publically declares that it is not considering the JF-17. How come?
A False Start for Sino-Pakistani JF-17 Thunder?
What If Japan Had Won The Battle of Midway?
January 08, 2016
What If Japan Had Won The Battle of Midway?
One of the most decisive battles of the Second World War could have ended up very differently. Be glad it didn’t though.
What If Japan Had Won The Battle of Midway?
Sino-Norwegian Relations, 5 Years After Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize
January 04, 2016
Sino-Norwegian Relations, 5 Years After Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize
A new book reveals that the story of the strange dispute between Oslo and Beijing is actually not that new.
Sino-Norwegian Relations, 5 Years After Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize
What if the Kuomintang Had Won the Chinese Civil War?
December 24, 2015
What if the Kuomintang Had Won the Chinese Civil War?
What would China’s history look like if Chiang Kai-shek had ignored George C. Marshall’s request in 1946?
What if the Kuomintang Had Won the Chinese Civil War?
The Sino-Pakistani JF-17 Might Have Another Buyer in Asia
December 23, 2015
The Sino-Pakistani JF-17 Might Have Another Buyer in Asia
Malaysia recently expressed an interest in the JF-17 Thunder.
The Sino-Pakistani JF-17 Might Have Another Buyer in Asia
China Deploys First Nuclear Deterrence Patrol
December 19, 2015
China Deploys First Nuclear Deterrence Patrol
China reportedly deployed its first-ever submarine nuclear deterrence patrol. What does it mean?
China Deploys First Nuclear Deterrence Patrol
Taking Stock of North Korea's Nuclear Program
December 16, 2015
Taking Stock of North Korea's Nuclear Program
The latest comments by the country's leader need to be taken with more than a pinch of salt.
Taking Stock of North Korea's Nuclear Program
Is a Chinese National Fighting Against Islamic State in Syria?
December 10, 2015
Is a Chinese National Fighting Against Islamic State in Syria?
A Chinese national is fighting for the YPG. How does this affect Beijing’s role in the conflict?
Is a Chinese National Fighting Against Islamic State in Syria?
Russian Jet Fighters in Asia: Why Politics Still Matters
December 09, 2015
Russian Jet Fighters in Asia: Why Politics Still Matters
Moscow faces competition in attempting to sell its most modern jet in Asia. Its best selling point is still politics.
Russian Jet Fighters in Asia: Why Politics Still Matters
China-Mali Relations After the Bamako Attacks
December 07, 2015
China-Mali Relations After the Bamako Attacks
Chinese companies have a surprisingly large stake in Mali. How could this relationship unfold in the future?
China-Mali Relations After the Bamako Attacks
Can Eurofighter Beat Its Competition on the Asian Market?
December 04, 2015
Can Eurofighter Beat Its Competition on the Asian Market?
The Typhoon is a good fighter but faces keen competition in Asian markets.
Can Eurofighter Beat Its Competition on the Asian Market?
Who Will Win Asia's Fifth-Generation Fighter Race?
December 01, 2015
Who Will Win Asia's Fifth-Generation Fighter Race?
China, Japan, South Korea and India are all developing advanced aircraft. How and why is this happening?
Who Will Win Asia's Fifth-Generation Fighter Race?
What Are Boeing’s Prospects for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in Asia?
November 29, 2015
What Are Boeing’s Prospects for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in Asia?
With competition from both foreign and other U.S. companies, can the tried and tested Super Hornet stay in the game?
What Are Boeing’s Prospects for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in Asia?
After Deadly Attack in Mali, How Will China Protect Its Citizens Abroad?
November 29, 2015
After Deadly Attack in Mali, How Will China Protect Its Citizens Abroad?
The al-Qaeda attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital left 3 Chinese citizens dead. How will Beijing react?
After Deadly Attack in Mali, How Will China Protect Its Citizens Abroad?
Dassault’s Rafale Struggles in the Asia-Pacific
November 22, 2015
Dassault’s Rafale Struggles in the Asia-Pacific
Dassault faces tough competition in the region.
Dassault’s Rafale Struggles in the Asia-Pacific
Japan Faces a Possible Mob War After Yakuza Gang Fractures
November 20, 2015
Japan Faces a Possible Mob War After Yakuza Gang Fractures
After a schism in their ranks, the Yakuza may erupt in violence in Japan.
Japan Faces a Possible Mob War After Yakuza Gang Fractures
Australia Faces Tough Choices on Immigration and Terrorism
November 19, 2015
Australia Faces Tough Choices on Immigration and Terrorism
The recent terror attacks in Paris are dividing Canberra’s politicians. How should Australia react to terrorism?
Australia Faces Tough Choices on Immigration and Terrorism
China Showcases Military Hardware to Gulf States at 2015 Dubai Air Show
November 16, 2015
China Showcases Military Hardware to Gulf States at 2015 Dubai Air Show
Chinese arms companies have some advantages in the regional arms trade competition, notably with their drones.
China Showcases Military Hardware to Gulf States at 2015 Dubai Air Show
Global Crisis: Afghanistan's Europe-Bound Refugees
November 14, 2015
Global Crisis: Afghanistan's Europe-Bound Refugees
When it comes to seeking refuge, Afghans often get the short end of the stick in Europe.
Global Crisis: Afghanistan's Europe-Bound Refugees
In Pursuit of a Credible Nuclear Triad, India Successfully Tests Deadly ICBM
November 10, 2015
In Pursuit of a Credible Nuclear Triad, India Successfully Tests Deadly ICBM
India conducts another successful test flight of its Agni-IV ICBM. Does this mean Delhi has a credible nuclear triad?
In Pursuit of a Credible Nuclear Triad, India Successfully Tests Deadly ICBM
Russian Arms Sales in Asia May Be Poised for Trouble
November 10, 2015
Russian Arms Sales in Asia May Be Poised for Trouble
Moscow’s dominance of the regional arms market is no longer guaranteed.
Russian Arms Sales in Asia May Be Poised for Trouble
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