Category Archives: History

30 Jahre Wiedervereinigung: Die Geschichte der US-Kavallerie an “Freedom´s Frontier”

von Danny Chahbouni. Danny hat Geschichte und Politikwissenschaft an der Philipps-Universität Marburg studiert. Der vorliegende Artikel beruht auf unzähligen Gesprächen, die er während seiner Tätigkeit für die Point Alpha Stiftung mit deutschen und amerikanischen Zeitzeugen führen durfte. Im Juli 2020 … Continue reading

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Geschichte und Stand der russischen Drohnenentwicklung

Der Artikel basiert auf eine grundlegende Recherche und einen Vortrag eines geschätzten Kameraden, welcher unter dem Pseudonym “Ypsilons 378″ bereits im vor gut zwei Jahren einen interessanten Artikel zu Chinas Datensammelaktivitäten geschrieben hatte. In einer vorangegangenen Artikelserie hatten wir mit … Continue reading

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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

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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

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How Iran Turned Cultural Heritage into Soft Power

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He researches the intersection of Islam, culture, and politics in Africa and Asia. When analysts study Iran, they tend to concentrate on diplomacy, politics, and religion. While this focus can lead to valuable insights, an overemphasis … Continue reading

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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

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Chinese Tanks – Illustration: Sixty Years of Tank Design

by Louis Martin-Vézian of CIGeography (Facebook / Twitter). According to the Military Balance 2019, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) may possess the largest active-duty tank fleet on the planet, with about 5,800 tanks in operational service. However, Chinese tanks … Continue reading

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The Triple Shocks of 1979 and the Making of the Middle East

by Lt. Col. Chad M. Pillai. He is a U.S. Army strategist who has served in assignments in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Lt. Col. Pillai is a published author in a variety of journals and online forums to … Continue reading

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Chinese Tanks – Part 1: Operational History & Indigenous Development between 1931 and 1990

by Sébastien Roblin. He holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the … Continue reading

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A long way: Russian military reform – Part 2

by Patrick Truffer (originally published in German). He has been working in the Swiss Armed Forces for more than 15 years, holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zurich), and … Continue reading

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