John J. Xenakis

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World View: History Repeating Itself in China and Vietnam

Vietnam is in a generational Awakening era. Vietnam beat the U.S., then beat China in a brief war, and my guess is that they're thinking that they can beat the Chinese again in some way. It would be interesting to understand exactly what thought process the Vietnamese leaders are going through these days. Jun 5, 2014 9:14 AM PT

World View: Vietnam Develops Increasingly Dangerous Strategy to Counter China

China's belligerent military actions in the South China Sea, annexing regions that have historically belonged to Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, have drawn worldwide criticism, and caused Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines to form a military alliance to oppose China. Jun 4, 2014 2:24 AM PT

World View: Polio Continues to Flare in Nigeria, Pakistan

The terrorist group Boko Haram is responsible for thousands of deaths through terrorist attacks in northeastern Nigeria, and is still holding hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls, possibly as sexual slaves. But Boko Haram is posing an additional danger to Nigeria and the entire region by making it almost impossible to administer polio vaccines. Jun 3, 2014 1:27 AM PT

World View: Hagel Sets 'Red Line' for China in South China Sea

As we reported yesterday, Japan's president Shinzo Abe spoke on Friday at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Asian security issues. He announced enhanced military relationships with Vietnam and the Philippines, and demanded that China abide by international rules and laws, rather than coercion and threats. Jun 1, 2014 3:27 AM PT

World View: Japan's Shinzo Abe Asserts Asian Leadership Against China

Speaking in Singapore on Friday at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue on Asian security issues, Japan's president Shinzo Abe said that Japan will continue to be a pacifist state that makes great contributions to global peace, and he expressed the intention for Japan to take a more active part in guaranteeing peace and security throughout Asia. May 31, 2014 6:46 AM PT

World View: Japan Strengthens Military Alliances with Philippines and Vietnam

With China's bellicosity becoming more strident almost every week, Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe is strengthening Japan's military links with Vietnam and the Philippines and said that with regard to China's "unilateral drilling activities" in the South China Sea, "We will never tolerate a change to the status quo by force or coercion. May 28, 2014 8:40 AM PT

World View: Europe Has 'Political Earthquake' as Anti-EU Parties Surge in Elections

France's president, Fran├žois Hollande, referred to Sunday's European Parliament election as a "political earthquake," as mainstream parties across Europe, including Hollande's own Socialist party, suffered calamitous defeat. Although each country is different, the generalization is that the parties that did better than expected favor strong controls on immigration and advocate leaving the euro currency or the European Union entirely. May 26, 2014 7:29 AM PT

World View: Obama Invokes War Powers Act, Sends Troops to Help Nigeria

The United States is sending 80 military personnel and at least one unarmed Predator reconnaissance aircraft drone to Chad as part of the international effort to defeat Boko Haram. The unmanned drone will join similar aircraft based in Niger that have already been participating in the search for the kidnapped schoolgirls. May 22, 2014 11:43 AM PT

World View: Jihadists from New York to Uzbekistan Flock to Syria to Fight

New research indicates that some 11,000 foreign fighters from around the world have traveled to Syria to join al-Qaeda-linked Sunni terrorists fighting the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, who is fighting a war of extermination against his own Sunni Muslim population. About 3,000 have come from Western Europe, and on Tuesday the FBI indicated that more than 100 of them are Americans. May 21, 2014 7:34 AM PT

World View: Algeria Closes Its Borders with Libya as Fighting Mounts in Tripoli

Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) are among the countries evacuating their embassies in Tripoli, the capital city of Libya, and Algeria has closed its border with Libya as civil war is threatened. After Muammar Gaddafi was ousted by the NATO military intervention, Libya has been increasingly lawless, with a central government in Tripoli having difficulties governing. May 20, 2014 12:16 PM PT


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