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President Obama’s Asia-Pacific Pivot: Security Implications

By Richard Pera
Dean of the School of Security and Global Studies at American Military University

President Obama recently visited Asia for the fifth time in his presidency in late April . In a White House website video, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes declared, “The United States is a Pacific nation [and] the president himself is a Pacific president, having been born in Hawaii.”

American Consulate Attacked in Peshawar Pakistan

By William Tucker
Just after 1:00 pm local time on April 5, the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar Pakistan was heavily attacked by multiple vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) with a follow on attack by militants on foot. Militants in Pakistan and Iraq have been using VBIEDS as a means of breaching the fortified outer perimeters of hotels and government buildings as a means of creating a space from which other militants can enter the area.

Going from Bad to Worse for Hugo Chavez

By William Tucker
Terrorism experts have long lamented the support for terrorism provided by the Chavez regime in Venezuela and the lack of condemnation from the United States. Earlier this week a Spanish Judge accused Venezuela of actively supporting the Basque separatist group ETA. This is, of course, in addition to accusations of supporting FARC in Colombia, which was verified by Interpol, and support for Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Another Test for Hugo Chavez

By William Tucker
The last few weeks have been a headache for Venezuelan strong man Hugo Chavez. Perhaps the most immediate challenge to his uncontested leadership in Caracas is not the political opposition, but rather the decaying of the national electrical infrastructure. This is not to say that everything until this point has been going smoothly for Chavez.

The Impending Battle of Marja

By William Tucker
Over the last year, U.S. led troops have been conducting operations against the Taliban in Helmand Province, and yet the largest battle in that area appears to be on the Horizon. The city of Marja, located to the east of Helmand’s capital Lashkar Gah, is a Taliban stronghold and also happens to be the center of opium trafficking.