The Sunni-Shia framework offers a poor explanation of Saudi-Iranian relations, perpetuating a flawed characterization of regional tensions as purely sectarian in nature.
Propping the Assad regime was only a motive insofar as it helped achieve other targets.
Rising tensions on the peninsula, combined with the slow-yet-sure expansion of the North’s nuclear capabilities risk a return to the war that has been on hold for over 60 years.
Denying conquest-based and commerce-based income to ISIS can limit the group’s functionality as a governing entity and a fighting force.
The F-35 is a trillion-dollar boondoggle. Buying a combination of jets and drones will cost less, promote economic growth and provide military capabilities better suited to Canadian needs.
The closing of the Kaesong Industrial Complex marks what could be a hardline shift in South Korea’s policy toward its northern neighbor.
The Western narrative depicts such attacks as Kunming as the result of China’s own flawed ethnic-minority policies.
Failure to pursue political goals in the Middle East with the same gusto as military objectives could render today’s battlefield successes against ISIS meaningless.
Terrorist groups like the Islamic State have given the intelligence alliance a new raison d’être, but crucial reforms still lay ahead.