The Lily-Pad Strategy : US Empire of bases grows

The first thing I saw last month when I walked into the belly of the dark grey C-17 Air Force cargo plane was a void -- something missing. A missing left arm, to be exact, severed at the shoulder, temporarily patched and held together. Thick, pale flesh, flecked with bright red at the edges.

Shifting landscapes: Sri Lanka tilts toward the US

As the Obama administration escalates its diplomatic and strategic moves in Asia to undercut Chinese influence, the Sri Lankan government is shifting course—distancing itself somewhat from Beijing and attempting to draw closer to Washington.

Cold war in warm waters: Sino - US contest for Asia-Pacific

On two occasions in my life, I found myself living close to the South China Sea. The sea became my escape from life’s pressing responsibilities. But there is no escaping the fact that the deceptively serene waters are now also grounds for a nascent but real new cold war.

The US, India, and the UN: Divergence and Convergence

The promising U.S.-India partnership that New Delhi and Washington have fostered over more than a decade has sometimes seemed less apparent in the two nations’ relationship at the United Nations. Rather, multilateral diplomacy....

Understanding US strategic thinking about the Indian Ocean

US strategic thinking about the Indian Ocean is in a state of flux. While it isn't at all clear where it will go, we can nevertheless understand some of the basics of US strategy in the region. The strategic importance of the Indian Ocean region has come into vogue over the last few years....

West's complicity with Sri Lankan war crimes

Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, Cuba’s Permanent Representative to United Nations Office at Geneva, argued at the 19th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), last March 22, that the United States acted contradictorily when it presented a resolution....


Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka

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