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In Praise of Pessimism
May 06, 2013

In Praise of Pessimism

“Training is about preparing for intrinsically mercurial situations. It’s about preparing for the worst while hoping for the best.”

"Red Lines" On Iran: Not So Black and White
May 04, 2013

"Red Lines" On Iran: Not So Black and White

Amid the proliferation of red lines, the important ones are at risk of being opaque or even unintelligible in Tehran.

Here Come the Missile Carriers
May 04, 2013

Here Come the Missile Carriers

Could aircraft carriers be eclipsed by new technology? We breakdown the top defense and foreign policy articles for your weekend.

Australia's Submarine Folly
May 04, 2013

Australia's Submarine Folly

Australia’s Defense White Paper 2013 seems to kill the idea of acquiring nuclear subs. That could be a mistake.

Syria, Chemical Weapons and the Burden of Proof
May 03, 2013

Syria, Chemical Weapons and the Burden of Proof

Some see problems with the evidence that many are citing as proof Syria used chemical weapons.

Does Putin Have a Kuril Islands Plan?
May 03, 2013

Does Putin Have a Kuril Islands Plan?

Could a 50/50 split of disputed islands bring an end to Japan and Russia’s conflicting claims?

May 01, 2013

In the Shadow of China's Rise

Japan and India are strong naval powers. Both face China’s growing might from different perspectives.

World War II: Not Over For Japan and Russia
April 30, 2013

World War II: Not Over For Japan and Russia

Abe and Putin meet in Moscow. Both want better relations. Will old challenges get in the way?

Returning to the Land or Turning Toward the Sea? India’s Role in America’s Pivot
April 28, 2013

Returning to the Land or Turning Toward the Sea? India’s Role in America’s Pivot

China is pushing the U.S. and India closer. Are they focusing on the wrong set of challenges?

India and China's Border Spat
April 27, 2013

India and China's Border Spat

A recent incident on the border between India and China have some concerned. Can a compromise be worked out?

When Did Chemical Weapons Become Red Line For U.S.?
April 27, 2013

When Did Chemical Weapons Become Red Line For U.S.?

The U.S. has never intervened in conflicts because chemical weapons were used. What’s changed?

Friday Flashpoints – Our Weekend Reading List
April 26, 2013

Friday Flashpoints – Our Weekend Reading List

The Diplomat’s Editor selects the top five defense and foreign policy articles for your weekend reading pleasure.

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