Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Panel: U.S. Should Think Beyond North Korea to Forge Ties Between Japan and South Korea

Panel: U.S. Should Think Beyond North Korea to Forge Ties Between Japan and South Korea

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a trilateral summit in March 2015. Japan Prime Minister's Office Photo

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a trilateral summit in March 2015. Japan Prime Minister’s Office Photo

Lingering antagonism between Japan and Korea are part of a host of reasons relations between the two key U.S. allies in Asia have yet to improve, according to a Tuesday panel at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Read More

Opinion: Are Critics Right About the Iran Nuclear Talks?

Opinion: Are Critics Right About the Iran Nuclear Talks?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry - flanked by National Security Council Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Gulf States Robert Malley, U.S. Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, and European Union Deputy Secretary General Helga Schmid - addresses reporters as he sits across from Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. US State Dept. Photo

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – flanked by National Security Council Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Gulf States Robert Malley, U.S. Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, and European Union Deputy Secretary General Helga Schmid – addresses reporters as he sits across from Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. US State Dept. Photo

The ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran have become highly politicized. With the U.S. 2016 presidential campaign beginning to spool into high gear there has been no shortage of proclamations on why each candidate thinks the framework for the Iran nuclear talks is a bad deal. Read More

Four NATO Ships Enter Black Sea for Annual Exercise, Russian Activity on Rise in the Region

Four NATO Ships Enter Black Sea for Annual Exercise, Russian Activity on Rise in the Region

USS Porter (DDG-78) off the coast of Bulgaria on July 6, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Porter (DDG-78) off the coast of Bulgaria on July 6, 2015. US Navy Photo

Guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) entered the Black Sea on Sunday — following three other NATO ships in the last several days — marking a noticeable uptick in activity in the region ahead of military exercises in Bulgaria, according to a Bosphorus Naval News ship spotting site and U.S. 6th Fleet. Read More

SECDEF Carter: ‘No Plans’ to Turn Over Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to Cuba

SECDEF Carter: ‘No Plans’ to Turn Over Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to Cuba

An aerial view of Bulkeley Hall at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Bulkeley Hall is the naval station headquarters and administration building. US Navy Photo

An aerial view of Bulkeley Hall at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Bulkeley Hall is the naval station headquarters and administration building. US Navy Photo

PENTAGON — Despite warming relations between Cuba and the U.S., the Pentagon has no intentions of releasing control of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay back to Havana, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told reporters on Wednesday. Read More

Panel: ISIS ‘Stronger, Tougher and Smarter’ Than Expected

Panel: ISIS ‘Stronger, Tougher and Smarter’ Than Expected

Undated photo of ISIS fighters.

Undated photo of ISIS fighters.

Since the fall of Mosul—Iraq’s second largest city—a year ago, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) has proven to be a “stronger, tougher and smarter” adversary than the United States expected, displaying the ability to recover quickly even after suffering the deaths of key leaders and sustaining heavy casualties. Read More

Panel Tells HASC Fight Against ISIS Will be Long, Could Require Larger U.S. Presence

Panel Tells HASC Fight Against ISIS Will be Long, Could Require Larger U.S. Presence

An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11, 2014 of ISIS. Photo via AFP

An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11, 2014 of ISIS. Photo via AFP

While putting combat brigades into the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) is not feasible, four witnesses before a key House subcommittee didn’t shy away from calling for a larger military footprint—embedded U.S. forces in trusted units, a different approach to air strikes and using controllers on the ground—engaged in what all consider a long-term struggle. Read More