The Fall of ISIS and the Dissolution of the Coalition

United in the fight against Nazi Germany, the United States and the USSR were staunch allies. However, once the Third Reich was vanquished, it was a matter of mere months before tensions started to rise between the two powers. The lesson to be drawn from this history is that without a guiding, unifying purpose, coalitions… Read More The Fall of ISIS and the Dissolution of the Coalition

New Neighbors: China’s First Overseas Base

Photo from VOA On July 11, the Chinese Navy vessel, Jinggang Shan, set sail from southern China, laden with troops bound for foreign shores. With that, China practically established its first overseas military base. The troops were bound for a new Chinese installation located in the diminutive East African nation of Djibouti. The tiny nation,… Read More New Neighbors: China’s First Overseas Base

The Stages of ISIS: Are We Ready for What’s Next?

Photo from PBS At its birth in 1999, it was called “The Organization of Monotheism and Jihad.” Then, in 2004, it became “The Organization of Jihad’s Base in Mesopotamia.” Two years later, it became “the Islamic State of Iraq.” Now, it goes by the moniker of ISIS. Although the group is best known for its… Read More The Stages of ISIS: Are We Ready for What’s Next?