North Africa: The Time Bomb That Could Blow Up Europe

Last week, I wrote to you about how Algeria could explode. This week, the timer has ticked closer to zero. North Africa is smoldering. An eruption anywhere in this region could set off a chain reaction igniting a landmass larger than the United States. A stream of migrants from one conflict zone could destabilize the next country over. The collapse of a government could give terrorists free rein to set up bases and carry on the fight in surrounding countries. Sitting on top of this time bomb is Europe. The…

On China and North Korea, let Trump be Trump

Kim Jong Un’s announced new weapons test and his ultimatum to Washington to strike a deal before the year is out reinforce the urgent need for President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel ‘inappropriate’ press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release ‘lightly redacted’ version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of ‘unprecedented steps’ to ‘spin’ Mueller report MORE to return to the clear-eyed positions he took on issues involving China and North Korea during the campaign and as president-elect. In his run for the…

British Royal Navy Vessel Reports North Korean Illicit Ship-to-Ship Transfer in East China Sea

The British Royal Navy successfully spotted and reported the illicit activity to the United Nations. On April 5, the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy announced that it had successfully reported on an instance of North Korean illicit ship-to-ship transfers at sea to the United Nations as part of its sanctions enforcement efforts in the Indo-Pacific region. In collaboration with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, HMS Montrose, a Duke-class Royal Navy frigate, detected what the British government said was a “ship of unknown nationality” near a North Korean vessel carrying out a ship-to-ship transfer.…

G7 Foreign Ministers Address Maritime Asia, North Korea in Communiqué

The G-7 continues to express concern about the East and South China Seas and the Korean Peninsula. Over the weekend, the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G-7) gathered in Saint Malo, France, for their annual meeting and released a wide-ranging communique addressing, among other issues, maritime security in the Asia-Pacific and North Korea’s disarmament. “We reiterate our commitment to promoting cooperative, international oceans and seas governance and to maintaining a rules-based maritime order based on international law,” the extended joint communiqué released by the ministers noted. “In this context,…

Spy chief Nick Warner on the security threats facing Australia, from terrorism to North Korea – RN

Posted April 06, 2019 06:00:00 Photo: Spy chief Nick Warner says there’s a “delicate balance” between civil liberties and security. (AAP: Alan Porritt) The list of security threats to Australia is “almost endless” and greater than ever before. That’s the view of spy chief Nick Warner, who says a rapidly evolving security environment is creating a unique set of challenges. “Australia is facing some of the most challenging strategic circumstances that it has for decades,” Mr Warner told RN’s Geraldine Doogue in a rare interview. “The world is more complex…

China and North Korea’s Worst Fear: The U.S. Navy Starts Building New ‘Battleships’

A future battleship could respond to Chinese provocations by disabling Chinese seabed sensors or cutting Chinese undersea cables. It could survive being rammed by enemy ships—a favorite tactic of the Chinese and North Koreans. And if A2/AD did escalate into a shooting war, it could operate in the danger zone while U.S. offensive actions turned the tables. In World War II, the Japanese super-battleships  Yamato and Musahi each mounted nine 18.1-inch guns, the largest naval guns ever deployed, but they never sank a single American ship. In a conflict decided by naval aviation, …

Paul Schuler: North Korea more like East Germany than Vietnam | Local Editorials and Opinion

During this week’s summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, U.S. officials pointed to host country Vietnam as a model for North Korea. Alluding to Vietnam’s remarkable 20-year period of economy growth, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told North Korea in July of 2018: “(Vietnam’s) miracle could be your miracle.” Vietnam also played along. In a visit to North Korea ahead of the summit, Vietnam’s foreign minister said that his country was “ready to share its experience.” While no substantive agreements came from this week’s summit, from the U.S.…

With North Korea at forefront, geopolitics makes comeback

The collapsed talks between President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker to introduce bill blaming Kim Jong Un for Otto Warmbier death Cindy McCain rips conservative commentator over CPAC address The Memo: Trump world faces sea of troubles MORE and Kim Jong Un this week send a message not just about the United States and North Korea. While President Trump should be commended for refusing to make a bad deal, walking away without an agreement means that North Korea gets to keep its nuclear weapons, while its leader increased his prestige on…