Germany-Singapore Defense Relations in the Spotlight With Munich Security Conference Ministerial Meeting – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Security | Southeast Asia A recent engagement highlighted the ongoing collaboration between the two sides in the security realm. Advertisement Last week, the defense ministers of Germany and Singapore met for a set of scheduled consultations between them. The interaction put the spotlight on the development of the growing defense ties between the two countries amid wider global and regional developments. As I have observed previously in these pages, while Singapore-Germany defense ties are not new – with aspects including visits, exchanges, dialogues, technological collaboration, and exercises – both sides have…

Arctic ‘security vacuum’ increases risk of regional conflict, EU ambassador warns

The Arctic is becoming a key battleground because of a lack of international rules on security and the increasingly aggressive push to tap its mineral riches, the EU’s first ambassador to the region said. The Arctic is warming two to three times faster than most of the rest of the world. Most of that heating is not caused by the 4 million people living there, but from countries outside the region. While climate change is an increasing concern, the EU ambassador to the Arctic, Marie-Anne Coninsx, told The National that…

Munich Security Conference: NATO secretary-general defends trans-Atlantic ties | News | DW

The US has defended its leading role after NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg touted US-EU relations in his address at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.  “Any attempt to distance Europe from North America not only weakens the trans-Atlantic bond, but it also risks dividing Europe,” he said. “I don’t believe in Europe alone. I believe in Europe and America together.” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended against criticism that the US had retreated from the world stage. “I’m happy to report that the death of the trans-Atlantic alliance is grossly…

What to expect from the Munich Security Conference? | News

Berlin, Germany – The wars in Libya and Yemen, brewing tensions elsewhere in the Middle East and India’s lockdown of Kashmir are among the most pressing geopolitical concerns as world leaders and diplomats prepare to rub shoulders at the Munich Security Conference, often regarded as the Davos of security and foreign policy issues. Thirty-five heads of state are among more than 500 politicians, officials and spies scheduled to attend the winter summit. More: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, French President Emmanuel Macron, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Ukrainian President Volodymyr…

With threats to scrap VFA, Duterte gambles Philippines’ security

MANILA, Philippines – On Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro, a black hawk helicopter descended on an airfield as soldiers quickly shuffled out and charged forward amid a staccato of imitation gunfire. Precise and coordinated, Filipino soldiers, together with American troops, dispersed on foot across the expanse of land to rescue hostages and seize the island back from foreign invaders. In tactical formation, the soldiers wove through buildings until the operation was complete. The mission was elaborate. It was also scripted. The simulation, which took place in April 2019, capped off a…

ASEAN: Perceptions of power and security

The State of Southeast Asia: 2020 Survey Report, produced by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute of Singapore, has confirmed the power rivalry between China and United States is one of the primary concerns of Southeast Asian states. The survey of professionals from the business sector, public service, civil society, and media found almost half of all respondents saw the top three security challenges in Southeast Asia as “increased military tensions in flash-points such as South China Sea, Taiwan Straits, and Korean Peninsula”. Across Southeast Asia, there is equal distrust for the…

Why the VFA endangers our nation’s security – The Manila Times

RICARDO SALUDO THINGS change. When the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States was ratified by the Senate in 1999, the US was not a major rival of China, and there were hardly any threats of war involving American forces in Asia. So, rotating them in the country for such purposes as external defense, counterterrorism, and military exercises, did not undermine our security. Things are vastly different two decades on. China is now a rising superpower often locking horns with the US. In recent years, frictions…

Publication – Center for Security Studies

This report argues that China is waging a campaign of ‘total competition’ in the South China Sea. Such a campaign reflects George Kennan’s concept of “political warfare” and involves the use of all tools at the state’s disposal short of war. Indeed, it includes illegitimate and destabilizing methods ordinarily avoided by benign competitors. The text’s authors explain that China’s campaign has five essential pillars: economic power, information dominance, maritime power, psychological warfare and “lawfare.” They also suggest that because of its efforts, China now appears to be an unstoppable force…

Global security under shadow of US’ bellicose foreign policy

Photo taken on Jan. 8, 2020 shows the White House in Washington D.C., the United States. [Photo/Xinhua] The year 2019 was perhaps the worst for regional and global security in the 30 years since the end of the Cold War. Thanks to its “America first” policy, the United States has added to the instability in the world order. The liberal world order, in fact, has deteriorated due to the US pulling out of several multilateral agreements and organizations, and most importantly, resorting to unilateralism to trigger the trade war. Since…