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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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South Korea Goes Indigenous for Its Missile Defense Needs
November 07, 2015
South Korea Goes Indigenous for Its Missile Defense Needs
South Korea's bid to indigenize missile defense will have important ramifications for the U.S.-South Korea relationship.
South Korea Goes Indigenous for Its Missile Defense Needs
Ashton Carter’s Pacific Tour Highlights An Enduring US Pivot to Asia
November 04, 2015
Ashton Carter’s Pacific Tour Highlights An Enduring US Pivot to Asia
The U.S. Secretary of Defense’s ongoing tour in the Pacific demonstrates that the “Pivot to Asia” is still important.
Ashton Carter’s Pacific Tour Highlights An Enduring US Pivot to Asia
Could the French <em>Barracuda</em> Replace the Australian <em>Collins</em>-class Submarine?
November 02, 2015
Could the French Barracuda Replace the Australian Collins-class Submarine?
The French companies DCNS and Thales reveal their finalized bid for Australia’s SEA-1000 program.
Could the French Barracuda Replace the Australian Collins-class Submarine?
This Fighter Might Replace Indonesia's Aging F-5 Fighters (Hint: Not the Su-35)
October 30, 2015
This Fighter Might Replace Indonesia's Aging F-5 Fighters (Hint: Not the Su-35)
Sweden’s Saab recently unveiled a new bid to gain access to Indonesia’s fighter market. Can it beat the Russian favorite?
This Fighter Might Replace Indonesia's Aging F-5 Fighters (Hint: Not the Su-35)
3 Ways Justin Trudeau Will Affect Canada's Asia-Pacific Policies
October 28, 2015
3 Ways Justin Trudeau Will Affect Canada's Asia-Pacific Policies
Canada's new Liberal Party prime minister will steer his country in a familiar direction in Asia.
3 Ways Justin Trudeau Will Affect Canada's Asia-Pacific Policies
Drone Wars: China and US Compete on the Global UAV Market
October 25, 2015
Drone Wars: China and US Compete on the Global UAV Market
China’s new Wing Loong II UAV could potentially offer Beijing wider policy options and boost defense exports.
Drone Wars: China and US Compete on the Global UAV Market
Pakistan Announces That It Has Defeated ETIM. So What?
October 22, 2015
Pakistan Announces That It Has Defeated ETIM. So What?
In a bid to please China, Pakistan says it has defeated a major Uyghur militant group within its borders.
Pakistan Announces That It Has Defeated ETIM. So What?
Chinese Arms Companies Are Picking Up the Pace in Africa and the Middle East
October 21, 2015
Chinese Arms Companies Are Picking Up the Pace in Africa and the Middle East
At a recent Expo, Chinese companies showcased several new aircraft and drones.
Chinese Arms Companies Are Picking Up the Pace in Africa and the Middle East
What Is Bernie Sanders’ China Policy?
October 16, 2015
What Is Bernie Sanders’ China Policy?
It’s not actually all that different to Hillary Clinton’s.
What Is Bernie Sanders’ China Policy?
Trouble in Paradise: Intrigue and Corruption in Vanuatu
October 14, 2015
Trouble in Paradise: Intrigue and Corruption in Vanuatu
While the president was out of the country, the speaker of parliament pardoned himself after being convicted on corruption charges.
Trouble in Paradise: Intrigue and Corruption in Vanuatu
Could Saab Upgrade Australia’s <em>Collins</em>-class Submarine as a Stopgap Measure?
October 14, 2015
Could Saab Upgrade Australia’s Collins-class Submarine as a Stopgap Measure?
The Swedish company Saab Kockums offers to upgrade Australia’s subs while Canberra decides who will replace them. Is it worth it?
Could Saab Upgrade Australia’s Collins-class Submarine as a Stopgap Measure?
An 'African Lion' Economy Learns from the Asian Tigers
October 10, 2015
An 'African Lion' Economy Learns from the Asian Tigers
Africa’s fastest growing economy takes a leaf out of South Korea and Taiwan’s book.
An 'African Lion' Economy Learns from the Asian Tigers
Sino-Russian Relations in the Arctic: Thawing Out or Freezing Up?
October 08, 2015
Sino-Russian Relations in the Arctic: Thawing Out or Freezing Up?
China is increasing its presence in the Russian Arctic. What does Moscow really think about it?
Sino-Russian Relations in the Arctic: Thawing Out or Freezing Up?
Is This the Most Underestimated Ship in China's Navy?
October 06, 2015
Is This the Most Underestimated Ship in China's Navy?
China's Type 71 Yuzhao-class can be a great asset in a wide range of missions.
Is This the Most Underestimated Ship in China's Navy?
Where Is the 'String of Pearls' in 2015?
October 05, 2015
Where Is the 'String of Pearls' in 2015?
Chinese military installations in the Indian Ocean are still a possibility, not a certainty.
Where Is the 'String of Pearls' in 2015?
Everything You Need to Know About Russia's Intervention in Syria
October 04, 2015
Everything You Need to Know About Russia's Intervention in Syria
Russia has started military operations in Syria. Here's what we know so far.
Everything You Need to Know About Russia's Intervention in Syria
Martial Arts, Living History: How We Fight Reveals Who We Are
October 01, 2015
Martial Arts, Living History: How We Fight Reveals Who We Are
More than just a great workout, martial arts often reveal much about a country’s history, culture, and traditions.
Martial Arts, Living History: How We Fight Reveals Who We Are
Tinker, Tailor, Hacker, Spy: Why Is China Hacking Norway?
September 29, 2015
Tinker, Tailor, Hacker, Spy: Why Is China Hacking Norway?
Chinese cyber spies have taken an interest in Norway. What gives?
Tinker, Tailor, Hacker, Spy: Why Is China Hacking Norway?
Revealed: Why China Is Selling Submarines to Pakistan
September 28, 2015
Revealed: Why China Is Selling Submarines to Pakistan
Does the sale represent a step in China’s possible ambitions to have a toehold in the Indian Ocean?
Revealed: Why China Is Selling Submarines to Pakistan
Hybrid Warfare With Chinese Characteristics
September 23, 2015
Hybrid Warfare With Chinese Characteristics
From Sun Tzu to Xi Jinping: Russia isn’t the only one who knows hybrid warfare.
Hybrid Warfare With Chinese Characteristics
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