Lots of Podcasts in today’s post but there is one in particular that I would like to bring your attention to: There’s More To Life Than Lethality, a throwback to 2019 from the U.S. Army War College’s, A Better Peace. In this episode they discuss how a myopic view on lethality may lead to fighting battles that do not need to be fought disregarding the Sun Tzu axiom: “The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities…it is best to win without fighting.” After all, the Taliban primarily conquered Afghanistan with diplomacy.
Two stories covering Latin America are next as our attention on the great power competition continues. The first, from Reuters: U.S. plans projects in Latin America countering China’s Belt and Road frames an upcoming South American infrastructure tour where countering China’s influence is discussed. The second, from the New York Times: Five Years After Peace Deal, Colombia Is Running Out of Time, Experts Say tackles the long elusive peace deal in Columbia and the importance of governance. I’m not saying the FARC could reemerge with the strength of the Taliban but it is something to keep an eye on.
Shifting focus, we turn to Australia where they pose the question: Australia Took On China. Did It Get It Right? The article details the difficulties of decoupling from China and some unintended consequences created by Australia’s attempts at limiting Chinese influence there. In other Quad news, we go to India and once again, The New York Times: For India’s Military, a Juggling Act on Two Hostile Fronts where they find themselves in an increasingly difficult situation competing for influence in the region while stuck between Pakistan and China.
Foreign Policy looks at the great power competition though a different lens in: China Is a Declining Power—and That’s the Problem. Essentially, they argue that China has emerged as an aspiring superpower without firing a shot, why would a secure nation risk a conflict when their continued trajectory isn’t imperiled? They argue that China has already peaked, is potentially facing a prolonged slowdown or even a decline and may in fact be more dangerous as the attempt to consolidate their gains. It’s definitely something to think about, but if true, does it really change anything? For something different, how about robot squirrels? Popular Mechanics looks at the future in: The Army Is Modeling Its Future Robots on … Squirrels. All of this and more in Today’s Daily Dump!
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September 27, 2021
From Tools to Teammates – Australian Army Research Center
Podcast: THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN LETHALITY – A Better Peace (2019)
Podcast: Information Operations for the Information Age: IO in Irregular Warfare – Irregular Warfare
Podcast: The Decision-Making Crucible of Combat – The Spear
Towards a Biden Doctrine: US National Interest or Global Commitment? – Royal United Service Institute
Alternatives to Failed Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran – Royal United Service Institute
Podcast: Episode 23: FATF’s Unintended Consequences: The Past – Financial Crime Insights Podcast
Speaker Series: National Security in a Digital World – NSI
Suicide Bombers Take Part in West Bank Ceremony – Long War Journal
Podcast: Isn’t it Grand? – Horns of Dilemma
What to Expect When You’re Expecting a National Defense Strategy – War on the Rocks
Securing an Orderly Departure for Afghan Refugees – War on the Rocks
Better Monitoring and Better Spying: The Implications of Emerging Technology for Arms Control – Texas National Security Review
IF HAWKEI CAN’T FLY, WHAT WILL? – The Forge
9/26/2021 National Security and Korean News and Commentary – Small Wars Journal
Russia’s Climate Gamble – Center for Strategic and International Studies
Sub Deal with Aus-UK – The Truth of the Matter
Rwanda: the emergence of an African ‘smart power’ – Institute for Security Studies
Event – September 28: Africa’s security partnership with China: looking to the future – Institute for Security Studies
Vietnam bids to woo Cambodia, Laos from China – Asia Times
The meandering nature of the Quad– Asia Times
Quad and AUKUS building a bulwark against China – Asia Times
Five Years After Peace Deal, Colombia Is Running Out of Time, Experts Say – The New York Times
For India’s Military, a Juggling Act on Two Hostile Fronts – The New York Times
Australia Took On China. Did It Get It Right? – The New York Times
Tajikistan Concerned About Taliban Plots To Infiltrate From Afghanistan – Radio Free Europe
Hungary To Sign New Long-Term Gas Supply Deal With Russia – Radio Free Europe
UN Nuclear Watchdog Says Iran Denying Monitoring Access At ‘Indispensable’ Site – Radio Free Europe
Nigerians mourns troops killed in jihadist attack – Africa News
China Is a Declining Power—and That’s the Problem – Foreign Policy
Why This Energy Crisis Is Different – Foreign Policy
Afghan Resistance Mulls Formation of Government in Exile – Foreign Policy
AUKUS reshapes the strategic landscape of the Indo-Pacific – The Economist
Legal Mechanisms of AUKUS Explained – Lawfare
India, the Quad and AUKUS – Lawfare
In Separatist Transnistria, Sheriff Calls the Shots – The Moscow Times
Russia Raids Kill 11 Pro-Turkish Fighters in Syria – Monitor – The Moscow Times
Assessing Australia’s Cyber-Attack Attribution Issues – Divergent Options
The Army Is Modeling Its Future Robots on … Squirrels – Popular Mechanics
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