A right front view of a vehicle-mounted Soviet Galosh anti-ballistic missile launcher. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By George Galdorisi and Scott C Truver, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Defence Systems, 18 Sep 2012:
Europe has long been accustomed to the benefits of collective defence. In 2012, one of the most compelling threats to European civilian populations – as well as to NATO troops deployed overseas – is that of ballistic missiles armed with weapons of mass destruction (WMD) being fired by rogue nations or by transnational terrorist groups.
This emerging threat to Europe is being tackled with urgent dispatch… (more) http://ow.ly/1mvNeK
Brazil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Marcus Vinícius de Freitas, German Marshall Fund of the United States, September 4, 2012
The debate in Brazil on the future of Europe is still superficial, but has a particular concern for the impact the crisis will have on its growth rate. There have been adjustments in the expansion plans of Brazilian companies that were already operating in Europe before the crisis began, and many other Brazilian multinational corporations have gone bargain hunting in Europe. Europe is still not considered as friendly place for business as the United States, Japan, or even China. This has diverted Brazilian investments and companies to other regions where regulations are less burdensome… (more) http://ow.ly/1mhanw
Guy Sorman, ProSyn, July 17, 2012
PARIS – The Japanese and the British may seem very different, but a closer look reveals something akin to a parallel destiny for these two island peoples. With their old imperial ambitions and widespread distaste for the great continents from which the narrowest of seas divide them, both the British and the Japanese are vulnerable to the siren song of isolationism. Unfortunately, both now appear to be succumbing to that dangerous temptation…
Geographical depiction of East Asia, in an orthographic projection. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Jorge Benitez, ACUS, July 17, 2012
From Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy: First, a May 2012 agreement to increase security cooperation and intelligence sharing between South Korea and Japan (a move that the United States clearly supported) has foundered in recent weeks, in good part due to domestic opposition in South Korea. . . . Second, the recent ASEAN summit failed to issue a closing communiqué fo the first time in the organization’s forty-five year history, largely because there was no consensus on how to respond to China‘s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.
Both events highlight some of the key obstacles to effective balancing behavior in Asia: 1) the temptation to free-ride, 2) lingering historical tensions between key members, and 3) China’s ability to cultivate certain regional states (in this case, Cambodia) and block a coordinated regional response… (more) http://ow.ly/1lqdw4