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Benjamin David Baker

Benjamin David Baker

Benjamin David Baker is an editorial assistant at The Diplomat.

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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Posts by Benjamin David Baker
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November 07, 2015

South Korea Goes Indigenous for Its Missile Defense Needs

By Benjamin David Baker
South Korea's bid to indigenize missile defense will have important ramifications for the U.S.-South Korea relationship.
November 04, 2015

Ashton Carter’s Pacific Tour Highlights An Enduring US Pivot to Asia

By Benjamin David Baker
The U.S. Secretary of Defense’s ongoing tour in the Pacific demonstrates that the “Pivot to Asia” is still important.

November 02, 2015

Could the French Barracuda Replace the Australian Collins-class Submarine?

By Benjamin David Baker
The French companies DCNS and Thales reveal their finalized bid for Australia’s SEA-1000 program.

October 30, 2015

This Fighter Might Replace Indonesia's Aging F-5 Fighters (Hint: Not the Su-35)

By Benjamin David Baker
Sweden’s Saab recently unveiled a new bid to gain access to Indonesia’s fighter market. Can it beat the Russian favorite?

October 28, 2015

3 Ways Justin Trudeau Will Affect Canada's Asia-Pacific Policies

By Benjamin David Baker
Canada's new Liberal Party prime minister will steer his country in a familiar direction in Asia.
October 25, 2015

Drone Wars: China and US Compete on the Global UAV Market

By Benjamin David Baker
China’s new Wing Loong II UAV could potentially offer Beijing wider policy options and boost defense exports.

October 22, 2015

Pakistan Announces That It Has Defeated ETIM. So What?

By Benjamin David Baker
In a bid to please China, Pakistan says it has defeated a major Uyghur militant group within its borders.
October 21, 2015

Chinese Arms Companies Are Picking Up the Pace in Africa and the Middle East

By Benjamin David Baker
At a recent Expo, Chinese companies showcased several new aircraft and drones.

October 16, 2015

What Is Bernie Sanders’ China Policy?

By Benjamin David Baker
It’s not actually all that different to Hillary Clinton’s.

October 14, 2015

Trouble in Paradise: Intrigue and Corruption in Vanuatu

By Benjamin David Baker
While the president was out of the country, the speaker of parliament pardoned himself after being convicted on corruption charges.

October 14, 2015

Could Saab Upgrade Australia’s Collins-class Submarine as a Stopgap Measure?

By Benjamin David Baker
The Swedish company Saab Kockums offers to upgrade Australia’s subs while Canberra decides who will replace them. Is it worth it?
October 10, 2015

An 'African Lion' Economy Learns from the Asian Tigers

By Benjamin David Baker and Jonathan Baker
Africa’s fastest growing economy takes a leaf out of South Korea and Taiwan’s book.

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