Category Archives: Paul Iddon

Can Syria and Libya finally forge an effective alliance?

by Paul Iddon On a tactical level, the Syrian civil war is increasingly being exported to Libya, where thousands of Syrian men have been recruited during the last year for Libya’s warring sides. Turkey sent former rebels who fought in … Continue reading

Posted in English, History, Libya, Paul Iddon, Politics in General, Security Policy, Syria | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From Syria and Iraq to Libya: Turkey repeatedly demonstrates the combat effectiveness of its drones

by Paul Iddon In recent years, Turkey has demonstrated a hitherto unprecedented capability in both the production and the combat use of its increasingly formidable domestically-built armed drones.  Turkey first used its drones in the conflicts against the Kurdistan Workers’ … Continue reading

Posted in Armed Forces, Drones, English, International, Paul Iddon, Proliferation, Security Policy, Technology, Turkey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The significance of MiG-29s entering the Libyan conflict

by Paul Iddon In a potentially significant development, Russian-built MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jets are reportedly being deployed in Libya amid the ongoing civil war. The jets are either being supplied to or will be flown in support of the eastern-based … Continue reading

Posted in Armed Forces, English, International, Libya, Paul Iddon, Proliferation, Security Policy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Revisiting the Cypriot S-300 Crisis

by Paul Iddon During the second half of the 1990s, Turkey and Cyprus became locked in a tense standoff over the island nation’s purchase of Russian S-300 air defense missile systems (to be precise: the S-300PMU-1). Throughout the crisis, there … Continue reading

Posted in Armed Forces, English, History, International, Paul Iddon, Security Policy | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

U.S. and Iranian missiles strikes sought to avoid escalation

by Paul Iddon In many ways, the Iranian ballistic missiles attack on U.S. forces in Iraq and the U.S. missile strikes against targets in Syria were strikingly similar in the way they sought to avoid bringing about any serious escalation … Continue reading

Posted in Armed Forces, English, International, Iran, Iraq, Paul Iddon, Security Policy | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The latest conflict afflicting northeast Syria

by Paul Iddon In the space of a mere week, northeast Syria has once again descended into conflict with various powers scrambling to achieve different objectives. This was precipitated by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to green-light a Turkish attack … Continue reading

Posted in English, Paul Iddon, Security Policy, Syria | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Between the wars: Iran’s relations with Iraq in the 1970s

by Paul Iddon For a brief period, the second half of the 1970s, Iran and Iraq went through a thaw in their hitherto antagonistic relationship. After having reached an agreement to settle a major border dispute, they seemed to have … Continue reading

Posted in English, History, International, Iran, Iraq, Paul Iddon, Security Policy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Zelensky and a Black Sea Brouhaha

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

Posted in English, Paul Iddon, Politics in General, Sea Powers, Security Policy, Ukraine | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

How Turkey could be undermining its opportunities to field fifth-generation aircraft

by Paul Iddon Turkey’s apparent inability to prevent leaks of sensitive American and British military and technical information to third parties may be one factor that results in it losing an opportunity to field not one, but two types of … Continue reading

Posted in English, Intelligence, Paul Iddon, Proliferation, Security Policy, Technology, Turkey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

In the 1970s the Shah sought to make Iran a military superpower

by Paul Iddon. While it almost seems ironic in retrospect, Iran was by far the biggest recipient of American, and British weaponry in the 1970s and was rapidly becoming a major power. Awash with petrodollars as a result of the … Continue reading

Posted in Armed Forces, English, History, Iran, Paul Iddon | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments