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International Last Updated: Nov 27, 2014 - 11:34:53 AM


International
China Strengthening Claim To South China Sea Oil And Gas
Not gone and not forgotten, China is ready to solidify its claim to the South China Sea (SCS). Recent satellite imagery confirms China is conducting significant land reclamation operations in the Spratly Islands in the SCS. The SCS is an important fishing ground and is believed to hold large amounts of oil and gas. Undermining the United States’ influence in the region, China intends to play the shepherd in one of the world’s busiest trade routes

Nov 27, 2014 - 11:32:26 AM

International
Georgia Promised Eventual NATO Admission
Russia under Putin has repeatedly stated that two former Soviet republics joining NATO would cross a “red line” – Ukraine and Georgia. Amid deteriorating Western-Russian relations over Ukraine, on Nov. 17 Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili visited NATO headquarters in Brussels

Nov 26, 2014 - 10:16:06 AM

International
Sri Lankan Political Coup And The Sirisena Candidacy
Sri Lanka’s opposition parties pulled off a political coup when the announcement was made to field Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena as the common candidate to face incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the snap presidential election in January 2015. A dictionary defines a coup as a “brilliantly executed stratagem.” It was also a surprise.

Nov 26, 2014 - 9:58:47 AM

International
Nuclear Talks, Glutted Markets Offer Iranian Economy Little Relief
With dropping oil prices and extended negotiations, Iran's hopes of using oil exports to power economic recovery look doubtful.

Nov 25, 2014 - 10:13:50 AM

International
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar: Obsessive Pursuits
On November 21, 2014, two Security Force (SF) personnel were killed and two others were injured in a bomb attack targeting SFs vehicle on Warsak Road in Mathra Bazaar area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province

Nov 25, 2014 - 10:08:45 AM

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