Category Archives: States and Regions

What’s going on in Eastern Ukraine?

According to the Washington Post, Ukrainian forces captured the territory around the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash site from the pro-Russian rebels (marked by the “X” on the map above). It seems that the Ukraine forces are trying to separate … Continue reading

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Forces on Russian Soil Fire Into Ukraine

The Obama administration stepped up pressure on Russia with another release of commercial satellite imagery in an attempt to stop the fighting and increase international pressure. However, considering how Putin squandered his opportunity to ratchet things down with the MH17 disaster, it’s doubtful … Continue reading

Posted in Chris B, English, Intelligence, Russia, Ukraine | 7 Comments

North Korea Opens Russian Financed Wharf

Satellite imagery acquired by DigitalGlobe shows the recently renovated wharf at North Korea’s Rajin Port located on the east coast. In an inaugural ceremony on 18JUL14, North Korea opened Wharf No. 03 for operation, according to a report in the … Continue reading

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ASEAN’s Interoperability Challenges

by Paul Pryce. Paul Pryce is a Junior Research Fellow at the Atlantic Council of Canada. With degrees in political science from universities on both sides of the pond, he has previously worked in conflict resolution as a Research Fellow … Continue reading

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Iran Finally Delivers Venezuela’s AFRAMAX Tanker

In 2006, Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) was in the market to buy 42 tankers to replace its fleet by the end of 2012. PDVSA’s objective was to transport 40% of the company’s production with its own fleet and ultimately reorient … Continue reading

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Why Won’t Putin Just Let Ukraine Go?

Russian president Vladimir Putin stands to gain little from continuing to incite rebellion in Ukraine. But having framed his actions there as coming to the defense of ethnic Russians, it is difficult for him to back down. With Ukraine’s government … Continue reading

Posted in English, Nick Ottens, Russia, Ukraine | 3 Comments

Sea Control 42 – Asian-Pacific Fighters in Iraq and Syria

It is well known that fighters, especially from US-America and Europe, are participating in the war in Syria and in the violence in Iraq and Yemen. Today, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder expressed is concern about fighters from Europe and … Continue reading

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South American Troops Take On The Violent Work of Peacekeeping

by Kevin Knodell. Kevin Knodell is a freelance writer and photographer who contributes regularly at War is Boring. His work has also appeared in  RAGEMAG, Michael Yon’s Frontline Forum, The Tacoma News Tribune, and others. You can follow him on twitter at … Continue reading

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Talking to Boko Haram

by Sandra Ivanov. Sandra Ivanov is from New Zealand with a postgraduate education in Peace and Conflict Studies. She is currently an editor of the blog “Conflict and Security“, and primarily works in the non-government sector. You can find her … Continue reading

Posted in English, Nigeria, Sandra Ivanov, Security Policy, Terrorism | 1 Comment

The Iraq-Vietnam Comparison is Easy to Make But False

Last Monday, we published “What the Fall of Saigon Teaches Us About the Latest ISIS Offensive” by Jeong Lee and Stephanie Chenault, who showed many similarities between recent events in Iraq and the fall of South Vietnam. To give the … Continue reading

Posted in English, Iraq, Joseph Trevithick, Security Policy, Terrorism | 1 Comment