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News Analysis
For the third time since 1998 the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence (MoND) released its white paper and gave a detailed insight into budget matters and its defence posture regarding national as well as cross-border issues. (Full Story)
Not many modern armed forces unite in their inventory, and particularly among their key assets, technology from two – in political terms – entirely opposite origins. It is more common in the countries of the former Soviet bloc where, since the fall of the iron curtain, Western technology slowly but ever increasingly found its way into countries primarily equipped with Russian weapon systems. (Full Story)
Bangkok/Brussels - If the Thai government is serious about curbing the deadly southern insurgency, it needs to pursue political solutions, including lifting draconian laws, exploring new governance arrangements and engaging in dialogues with Malay Muslim militants. (Full Story)
WASHINGTON - Even as hundreds of Marines launched a new offensive in southern Afghanistan, top U.S government and military officials made the Sunday morning news-show circuit here today spelling out President Barack Obama’s new war strategy. (Full Story)
Nairobi/Brussels - The stalled electoral process has plunged Somaliland into a serious political crisis that presents yet another risk of destabilisation in the region. (Full Story)
Some long weeks, now it seems, have passed in which the world has tensely waited for the final decision of the “Commander-in-Chief” on how the United States future strategy for Afghanistan will look like. (Full Story)
Dili/Brussels - The UN and its mission in Timor-Leste should hand over formal control of the Timor-Leste police as soon as possible in order not to undermine the long-term goal of professionalising the country’s police. (Full Story)
The Defence Minister of Indonesia, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, today confirmed that the Ministry is following the plan to increase the Navy’s (Indonesian: Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut, TNI–AL) inventory of patrol vessels by the purchase of 96 additionally boats. (Full Story)
Kabul/Brussels - Only vigorous constitutional and electoral reforms will prevent Afghanistan from slipping further into instability after Hamid Karzai’s fraudulent re-election. (Full Story)
Promptly following the subsiding of the phenomenon called monsoon, piracy in the Gulf of Aden started up and a small number of successful attacks proves that the freedom of action of the pirates has still not been sufficiently reduced by the congregated military might of the world’s greatest powers. (Full Story)
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