Austin Bay

Posted February 10, 2016

In late December 2015, Rwandan President Paul Kagame confirmed that he will seek a third presidential term.

Posted February 03, 2016

North Korea's nuclear extortion drama, the repeated threat of nuclear attack followed by demands for food and financial aid, has exhausted South Korean and Japanese diplomatic patience.

Posted January 27, 2016

South Sudan's civil war began on the night of December 15, 2013, when a firefight erupted between soldiers serving in the presidential garrison in the capital city, Juba. "

Posted January 20, 2016

Twenty-five years ago this week, in the early hours of January 17, 1991, the remarkable Persian Gulf War political coalition assembled, and led by U.S. President George H. W. Bush, moved "from Shield to Storm."

Posted January 13, 2016

President Barack Obama has a penchant for declaring peace. For example, his second inaugural, delivered in Jan. 2013: "A decade of war is now ending," he said. "An economic recovery has begun."

Posted January 07, 2016

Saudi Arabia's Jan. 2 execution of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr ignited a diplomatic battle with Iran. The Saudis hoped it would.

Posted December 30, 2015

An Iraqi army counteroffensive has retaken the city of Ramadi and dealt the Islamic State group a major defeat. The victory is hard-earned. It also has a back story.

Posted December 23, 2015

Think of it as Asian strategic judo.

Posted December 16, 2015

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will stand trial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Posted December 09, 2015

The old proverb speaks to the difficulty of finding the rare and concealed amid the normal and visibly numerous: Within the haystack, the needle hides.

Posted December 02, 2015

The Nov. 24 downing of an intruding Russian bomber by Turkish jet fighters produced understandable anger in Moscow. A trace of Cold War-era angst spread throughout the civilized world.

Posted November 25, 2015

Less provocative and deadly incidents than the latest Paris terror massacre and the November 24 Turkey-Russia aerial incident have ignited very large and destructive wars.

Posted November 18, 2015

Last week's attack on Paris is the latest act of mass homicide and media grandstanding in the Islamist terrorists' long war for the terms of modernity.

Posted November 11, 2015

On Nov. 10, a so-called anti-austerity alliance led by the Portuguese Social Democratic Party toppled the governing center-right coalition.

Posted November 04, 2015

Turkey's democracy is the legacy of Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic, and the only man to successfully modernize a nation of Muslim culture. That democracy is Turkey's greatest domestic asset and most valuable foreign policy tool.

Posted October 28, 2015

On Oct. 26 East Asia watched with great interest as a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer, USS Lassen, patrolled disputed waters in the South China Sea.

Posted October 21, 2015

Bomb a factory; attract 24/7 media attention. Build a factory brick by brick? That rates a yawn, not a headline.

Posted October 14, 2015

Will Portugal once again succumb to the ravages of Big Debt?

Posted October 07, 2015

The Pentagon insists it isn't reviving the Strategic Air Command. The Cold War is over -- supposedly. SAC and its workhorse B-52 became uncomfortable symbols of that long, weary struggle waged on the edge of thermonuclear destruction.

Posted September 30, 2015

On September 19, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government succeeded in passing legislation revising pacifist interpretations of his nation's post-WW 2 constitution.