China, Japan fishing boat standoff deepens amid delayed talks
With no end to the fishing boat dispute in sight, relations between Asia’s two biggest economies are in danger of backsliding.

Does India Want Stable Pakistan?
In the aftermath of yet another abortive attempt to reach a rapprochement with Pakistan this July, a time-honored debate has again been resurrected in New Delhi’s foreign and security policy circles. The debate revolves around the question of whether or not it’s in India’s interests to have a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan. Yet the question in its present form misses the point. The real issue isn’t whether or not such an outcome is desirable. Instead, the more pertinent issue for India’s policymakers is to establish how such a Pakistani state would behave toward India.

China’s young officers and the 1930s syndrome
“China’s military spending is growing so fast that it has overtaken strategy,” said Professor Huang Jing from the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. “The young officers are taking control of strategy and it is like young officers in Japan in the 1930s. They are thinking what they can do, not what they should do. This is very dangerous. They are on a collision course with a US-dominated system”.

South Korea to Russia: The Cheonan was sunk by a torpedo, end of story
The South Korea government on Monday released the full version of its investigation into the March 26 sinking of the Cheonan, which it hopes will offer conclusive proof to a skeptical Russia that the explosion that killed 46 sailors was due to a torpedo fired by a North Korean submarine.

Water Shortages Reach Crisis Levels In China
China can’t dam or divert water quickly enough to keep up with its thirsty population, and the shortage has reached crisis levels in Beijing and other areas.

Cleric calls on Iran to take U.S.-led sanctions seriously
An influential former Iranian president on Tuesday criticized the government in unusually blunt terms, saying that it is not taking U.S.-led sanctions seriously enough and that Iran could become a “dictatorship.”

Fars: Commander Stresses Iran’s Strategic Policy For Naval Deployment In High Seas
The Iranian navy’s presence in the high seas and in international waters is part of Tehran’s strategy for displaying its strength to the world, Iranian navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said today….

A Win for Turkish Democracy?
The win by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s party in the referendum on constitutional changes could improve Turkish democracy, says CFR’s Steven A. Cook, but fuels concerns about whether it augurs a more religiously oriented political environment.

North Caucasus Reality Check on Russian Military Reform
Although the second anniversary of the Russia-Georgia War was marked by little sense of euphoria in Moscow, the operational lessons drawn by the Russian military resulted in the current reform of the armed forces being closely associated with the Five Day War (EDM, August 9). Nevertheless, two years into that reform, many analysts in Moscow are questioning whether Russia is now better placed to conduct such operations, or if it could militarily respond to an escalation of the ongoing insurgency in the North Caucasus.

100,000 children attend radical Hamas summer camps
Participants undergo anti-Israel indoctrination; UNRWA run simultaneous camps for a further 250,000 children.

U.S. Faces Aging Nuclear Arsenal
From a long-delayed satellite system and aging missiles to battling brain drain and upgrading infrastructure at the nation’s nuclear research laboratories, the top officer of U.S. Strategic Command said the country faces big challenges in maintaining and upgrading its nuclear arsenal.

USAF Needs New Long-range Bomber: Schwartz
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz made the case Sept. 14 for his service acquiring a new long-range bomber and increasing cooperation with the U.S. Navy, insisting that such steps are key to the Air Force’s ability to find and destroy 21st-century threats.

NATO Ships Visit Morocco To Boost Ties
Five ships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) will dock in Casablanca on Sept. 16 to boost ties with Morocco, especially in the fight against terrorism, NATO said Sept. 14.

Spain, Seychelles Sign Deals To Fight Piracy In Indian Ocean
Spain and the Seychelles on Sept. 14 signed two agreements aimed at fighting piracy in the Indian Ocean, where Spanish trawlers have been among the regular targets of Somali kidnappers.

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