• Analysis: Saudi-led coalition opens new front in Yemen

    ANALYSIS The Saudi-led coalition trying to restore Yemen's internationally recognised government appears to have opened a third front by deploying a substantial force to Marib province. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has already deployed ground forces and Apache attack helicopters to southern

  • China cosies up to South Korea as Kim skips 3 September parade

    President Xi Jinping appears to be pursuing closer ties with Seoul to increase China's leverage over Pyongyang, if the reception given to South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Beijing is any guide. Park Geun-hye attended the 3 September military parade in Tiananmen Square celebrating the 70th

  • Departure of nationalists unlikely to break up Ukrainian ruling coalition and will improve likelihood of decentralisation

    EVENT On 1 September 2015 the nationalist Radical Party (RP), which controls 21 of the parliament's 450 seats, announced its withdrawal from the government coalition in Ukraine. The move followed the vote on the constitutional amendments on decentralisation on 31 August, which was accompanied by

  • Hill AFB receives first two F-35As

    The first two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing were delivered to Hill Air Force Base (AFB) in Utah on 2 September, the US Air Force and the company announced. The two aircraft are the first of 72 scheduled for delivery to the base, according to

  • IED attack kills a pro-government tribal elder in Pakistan's Bajaur

    A PRO-GOVERNMENT tribal elder was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants in the town of Chamarkand in Bajaur Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 27 August, Dawn reported. The TTP claimed responsibility for the

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  • Drugs policy metrics under review

    Key Points Current metrics and indicators used to measure the effectiveness of drug control policies maintain a narrow focus on arrests, prosecutions, seizures, eradication, and the destruction of drug processing facilities. Any new metrics are likely to involve moving away from an assessment of
  • China military parade all about signaling

    Key points: What this parade does is confirm Chinese internet-sourced imagery that has been the basis for most open source analysis in recent years. The parade is all about signalling – both to international and domestic audiences of China’s strength and invulnerability. The context

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