In Depth: Military

22 Mar 2016

China’s 2016 Military Budget Up Only 7.6%

Beijing surprised many when it announced plans to reduce the usual rate of increased military spending. Is President Xi reigning in the brass? Or is China in a budget squeeze?
19 Sep 2016

US-India, China-Russia Exercises Reflect New Alliances

As the US and India conduct joint exercises 100km from India’s border with China—China and Russia conduct "island seizing" naval exercises in the South China Sea.
5 Jan 2017

Turkey Goes Off the Rails

The New Year’s massacre on an Istanbul nightclub was the first time ISIS admitted directly calling for an attack in Turkey. Instead of rallying for unity against fear, Erdogan is blaming the West.
28 Aug 2015

Guess Who’s Coming to China’s Military Parade

In Beijing next week, China’s Communists and others will mark VJ Day by celebrating a victory they had little to do with—while the real victors work to keep peace in the Pacific.
26 Sep 2016

China's Warplanes Stalk Japan, Unite Neighbors

Beijing has just sent 40 warplanes close to Japan's border. China's aggressive posture continues to unite its neighbors and it suggests the generals are running the show.
26 Aug 2015

Back in the USSR

A Kremlin show trial has convicted Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov and a civic activist on “terrorism” charges. Sentsov's eloquent words at his sentencing are notable.
3 Feb 2016

At Last, Military Reform Makes Headway in Ukraine

Though important work remains, Ukraine’s military has developed a serious reform agenda in harmony with its national security strategy and military doctrine.
9 Mar 2016

China's Capacity to Project Power Is Going Global

As the free world facilitated China's economic boom, Beijing insisted it would not build military bases beyond its borders. But now China's military is making moves to project power globally.
30 Oct 2015

Challenging China in the South China Sea

Beijing failed to deliver on its threats this week as a US vessel conducted exercises in the South China Sea. It might not all be empty threats, and with more US transits planned, China may not stand down next time.
25 Aug 2015

Reversals in Burma's Democratic Reform

It’s time for the Obama administration to inform Burma’s president that good relations with the US are contingent on continued democratic reform.
16 Jun 2015

Suu Kyi Meets China's Top Leaders, Withholds Criticism

Aung San Suu Kyi concluded a visit to China on Sunday, but Burma’s pro-democracy leader resisted calls to challenge Beijing on the political prisoner and fellow Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.