China dominates as Taiwan comes squarely in focus but first we go to The Modern War Institute with an Afghanistan Postmortem in: How Not to Build a State. There is so much here that you really need to read the whole thing. The article ultimately concludes, “The experience of the last two decades should warn us of the dangers of American hubris and the limits of American military power to transform states and societies. The pivot from counterterrorism to liberal state building set the stage for failure, and subsequent decisions and a lack of preparation made the mission even harder than it had to be.” It’s almost like we didn’t read our own publications (The Day After Overthrow – ARIS Studies). Speaking of the day after the overthrow, The Economist tackles that in: Pakistan got its way in Afghanistan. Now what?
Before we jump into the current situation in Taiwan, let’s take a look back with RAND’s, China’s Military Interventions: Patterns, Drivers, and Signposts which offers a deep dive on their military interventions and the great power competition. With this in mind, Foreign Policy asks the question, Why is China Sending So Many Warplanes Near Taiwan? There is no question that some consider this a provocation, but it is important to read beyond headlines as the article contains a key definition of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ). They state, “Taiwan’s ADIZ, which extends more than 200 miles into mainland China at its northwest point, is just one of many overlapping national air zones in the East China Sea.” The article asks other questions, but this definition should be considered when reading headlines over the next few days. To that end, Reuters outlines the facts regarding the China-Taiwan situation in: Factbox: Key facts on Taiwan-China relations as military tensions rise. For something different, Ars Technica has Revealed: The secret notes of Blue Origin leaders trying to catch SpaceX. All of this and more in Today’s Daily Dump.
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October 5, 2021
How Not to Build a State – Modern War Institute
Podcast: MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE: REBUILDING CULTURAL CAPABILITIES – AGAIN – A Better Peace
#Reviewing The Inevitability of Tragedy – The Strategy Bridge
The First UK National Space Strategy – Royal United Services Institute
The Sorry State of Czech-Russian Relations – War on the Rocks
10/4/2021 National Security and Korean News and Commentary – Small Wars Journal
The Day After Overthrow – ARIS Studies
Event: October 5, 2021 – Beyond Security: South Korea’s Soft Power and the Future of the U.S.-ROK Alliance in a Post-Pandemic World – Center for Strategic and International Studies
Barrow puts political power ahead of justice in The Gambia – Institute for Security Studies
Event: October 7, 2021 – Sandalwood trafficking in Kenya: uprooting a valuable resource – Institute for Security Studies
The Taiwan Temptation: Why Beijing Might Resort to Force – Foreign Affairs
Taiwan and the Fight for Democracy – Foreign Affairs
The Fight Against China’s Bribe Machine – Foreign Affairs
What the US should do about Taiwan – Asia Times
America’s ‘pivot to Asia’ finally shifts into gear – Asia Times
For China’s Holidays, a Big-Budget Blockbuster Relives an American Defeat – The New York Times
Why the Taliban’s Repression of Women May Be More Tactical Than Ideological – The New York Times
Troops assemble on highway to Tigray front line – Africa News
A Sinking, Thirsty City: The Water Crisis in Mexico City – Latin America Reports
Why is China Sending So Many Warplanes Near Taiwan? – Foreign Policy
The age of fossil-fuel abundance is dead – The Economist
Pakistan got its way in Afghanistan. Now what? – The Economist
What Washington’s China Consensus Obscures – The Atlantic
Warfare in the post-digital era – Wavell Room
‘Smart Dog Tags’ Could Help Soldiers Monitor Chaotic Battlefields – Popular Mechanics
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