Turkey Conducting Targeted Killings of PKK Leaders in Iraq: What’s Next? – Jamestown

Turkey Conducting Targeted Killings of PKK Leaders in Iraq: What’s Next? – Jamestown
— Read on jamestown.org/program/turkey-conducting-targeted-killings-of-pkk-leaders-in-iraq-whats-next/

Reconceptualizing Lithuania’s Importance for U.S. Foreign Policy – Foreign Policy Research Institute

This report is part of FPRI’s collaboration with Eastern Europe Studies Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania and can also be viewed here
— Read on www.fpri.org/article/2021/07/reconceptualizing-lithuanias-importance-for-u-s-foreign-policy/

Biden Meets Exiled Belarusian Opposition Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya – Bloomberg

President Joe Biden met the exiled opposition leader of Belarus, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, at the White House Wednesday as the post-Soviet nation is swept by a new round of crackdowns against the opposition, media and civil society.
— Read on www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-28/biden-meets-exiled-belarusian-opposition-leader-to-show-support

This sedition is brought to you by… – CREW | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

Corporations and industry groups are filling the coffers of political committees tied to the so-called Sedition Caucus — creating one of the biggest obstacles to holding these members accountable for their actions. It’s time to call them out.
— Read on www.citizensforethics.org/reports-investigations/crew-reports/this-sedition-is-brought-to-you-by/

Stars and Stripes – Monuments and military hardware gain unexpected second lives

Across Europe, monuments, military infrastructure and cold war relics have been given a second life, often with interesting consequences.
— Read on www.stripes.com/living/europe_travel/travel_blog/2021-07-27/karen-bradbury-europe-traveler-blog-2161151.html

Final voyage for Soviet’s first nuclear sub will be via the inner waterways | The Independent Barents Observer

The legendary submarine K-3 “Leninsky Komsomol” will be transported from the Nerpa shipyard on the Kola Peninsula to Kronstadt outside St. Petersburg to become part of the Museum of Navy Glory.
— Read on thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2021/07/final-voyage-soviets-first-nuclear-sub-will-be-inner-waterways-0

Japan signals a ‘sense of crisis’ over Taiwan — this is why it is worried about China’s military aims

Japan is showing increased support for Taiwan in the face of relentless pressure from China. Here’s why Taiwan matters so much to Tokyo and what it’s prepared to do about it.
— Read on theconversation.com/japan-signals-a-sense-of-crisis-over-taiwan-this-is-why-it-is-worried-about-chinas-military-aims-164562

The Road Ahead for Taiwan-US Relations – The Diplomat

Increased U.S. support has raised hopes in Taiwan – and some of those expectations may be difficult for Washington to meet.
— Read on thediplomat.com/2021/07/the-road-ahead-for-taiwan-us-relations/

How To Lose A War Over Taiwan—Get Hacked, Panic

When Ian Sullivan fights a war over Taiwan on the side of the Taiwanese and their allies, he loses big. But the severity of his defeat belies just how close the fighting is until the very end.

The decisive battle isn’t on the ground or the sea or in the air, according to Sullivan. It’s online. Chinese hackers delay American reinforcements just long enough for Beijing’s troops to flatten Taipei.

Sullivan’s war isn’t real, of course. It’s a simulation based on Next War: Taiwan, a tabletop war game from GMT Games.

But as a simulation, it’s a surprising one. Despite decades of intensive modernization, a bold—some might say “reckless”—brute-force strategy and a firepower advantage in key phases of the fighting, China loses many of the most important pitched battles.

China ultimately wins the war not because it dominates the battlefield, but because it manages to delay U.S. reinforcements—oh, and it’s willing to wreck Taipei, kill countless civilians and target Taiwanese politicians.
— Read on www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/07/06/how-to-lose-a-war-with-china-over-taiwan-get-hacked-panic/

US left Bagram Airbase at night with no notice, Afghan commander says – BBC News

American troops quietly withdrew from the key airbase in the early hours, new base commander says.
— Read on www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57682290