1. Analysis Confirms Suspicions Assad Helped Islamic State

    Analysis of Syrian counterterrorism operations confirms the regime is avoiding fighting the Islamic State.

    Analysis from the Jane's Information Group released earlier this week confirms suspicions that the forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad have mostly left the Sunni radicals of the Islamic State to their own devices…
  1. Military Activity in Eastern Europe Surges Amid Ukraine Crisis

    NATO expands its presence in Eastern Europe in response to “unprecedented” Russian military activity.

    Russia's former satellite states in Eastern Europe have seen a surge in military activity on and near their territory in recent months as East-West tensions show no sign of abating. Poland's defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, complained on Thursday of…
  1. Lack of Maritime Patrol Aircraft Reinforces British Defense Flaws

    Lacking adequate anti-submarine capabilities of its own, Britain is forced to rely on allies.

    In 2012, a House of Commons Defense Committee meeting on future maritime surveillance discussed the threat posed by Russian intelligence gathering efforts against Britain's nuclear deterrent. The committee heard that the absence of a maritime patrol aircraft,…
  1. Left or Right, Britain Likely to See More Coalition Government

    The Liberal Democrats and Scottish nationalists could give the Conservatives or Labour a majority.

    Next year's general election in the United Kingdom is unlikely to give either the Conservatives or Labour an outright majority. Coalition government, with the Liberal Democrats…
  1. French Premier Announces Long-Awaited Labor Reforms

    Manuel Valls proposes to open up protected professions and make it easier for firms to lay off workers.

    French prime minister Manuel Valls announced a package of long-awaited economic reforms on Wednesday that at least some members of his own Socialist Party are likely to resist. "We need to unblock the economy, liberate energies, lift constraints," Valls said.…
  1. Russia Believed to Give Up On Donetsk, Luhansk Independence

    Allowing Ukraine to retake its rebel provinces will not get Russia back in favor with the West.

    Russia has abandoned the idea of promoting independence for the Ukrainian breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, a liberal newspaper in the country reported on Monday. But that might not be enough to satisfy the West. A report in…
  1. Putin Seeks Rapprochement in Uzbekistan

    For Russia, it is imperative to prevent Uzbekistan from drifting out of its sphere of influence.

    On the day President Vladimir Putin visited former Soviet republic Uzbekistan, Russia's Finance Ministry said it would write off most of the country's $890 million debt. Talks between Putin and Uzbek leader Islam Karimov, who…
  1. Britain’s Health Service Politically Sensitive for Conservatives

    Conservatives recognize the system has to change but can’t take on public opinion.

    For anyone who watched the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the pride Britain takes in its National Health Service (NHS) is clear. Far from the apathy that most…
  1. Clegg, Osborne Criticize Each Other’s Budget Plans

    Britain’s deputy prime minister says the Conservatives are “kidding themselves” and the voters.

    British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg sharply criticized his Conservative coalition partners on Sunday, saying they were "kidding themselves" if they thought they could simultaneously balance the budget and reduce taxes. The Liberal Democrat leader's criticism came after the Conservative…