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Needed: A Ukrainian Scorecard

By Donald Sassano
In Homeland Security Contributor

Not long after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a splashy new clash-conscious text by Harvard’s Samuel Huntington mocked realism’s all-encompassing statist paradigm. Realists’ laser-like focus on the state as central actor, argued Huntington, could no longer fully account for heightened global instability, including what realists believed to be an emerging security competition between Russia and Ukraine.

Yemen Reinstates Officers in the South

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Shortly after the Yemeni civil way concluded in 1994, the government of Ali Abdullah Saleh forcibly retired the Southern Yemeni army leading to a lasting resentment towards Sana’a in general and Saleh in particular. When Saleh left the presidency after his lengthy rule, the calls for the southern army to be reinstated became louder and the al-Qaeda led mayhem only added to the urgency.

Possibility of a Western Strike on Syria

William Tucker
Chief Corespondent for In Homeland Security

In this In Homeland Security podcast, William Tucker, Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security, and Phillip Smyth, a researcher for the University of Maryland and expert on Syria and Lebanon, discuss the potential for a response to a U.S. punitive strike against the Syrian regime.

The Possibility of a Western Strike on Syria by APUS

Reported Chemical Attack in Syria

By William Tucker

Syrian activists began uploading videos of a purported chemical weapons attack by regime forces against the Ghouta region of Damascus at around 4 a.m. local time on August 21. Activists have given casualty counts varying from a few hundred to over 1000 with the bulk of the casualties from the Irbin, Duma and Muadhamiya areas.

Syria’s S-300 Air Defense System in Perspective

By William Tucker

In an interview with Hezbollah’s Al Manar television station, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed to have already received an S-300 air defense system of Russian manufacture. More accurately, Assad said “missiles” which could indicate that the entire S-300 kit hasn’t yet arrived in Syria. At a time of civil war when the government is pitted against an asymmetric foe without any air assets, the question of why Syria would bother purchasing such a system seems rather profound.

Secretary of State Meets with Putin to Discuss Syria

William Tucker
Chief Corespondent for In Homeland Security

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today to discuss the situation in Syria. The two parties have agreed to hold another international conference aimed at continuing the dialog from the Action Group for Syria meeting last summer.

Syria’s Rebels Receiving More Assistance

By William Tucker The Syrian conflict has been anything but linear. With a fragmented opposition lacking a formal command and control structure coordinating forces fighting against an entrenched regime backed by Iran and Hezbollah it is hard to imagine that the war would be linear. This is a greater problem for the rebels than it is for the government as the opposition is forced to use creative methods to acquire supplies.

Iran’s Trouble with Syria

By William Tucker Since the inception of the Syrian uprising, IHS has discussed the international dimension of the conflict, but the initial posturing by regional and international powers, though discernible, was largely opaque. As the civil war has drug on the hand of foreign interlopers has become visible in the form of continuing support for the Assad regime from Russia and Iran, while many Arab and Western nations have provided support to the rebels.

Israel Reportedly Hits Multiple Targets in Syria

By William Tucker Multiple media reports on January 30th, 2013, stated that the Israeli air force had struck a convoy of missiles on the Syrian-Lebanese border. As the day went on other news outlets began reporting that the target was a fixed military facility near Damascus that was still under control of the Assad regime. It didn’t take long before speculation became mixed with unverified reports in this situation.