U.S. bombing of Syrian base ends ceasefire. Russia stages massive drill in the Crimea. Russians intercept U.S. spy planes over Black Sea. China snubs U.S. President. North Korea explodes new nuclear weapon. Types of unconventional warfare explained.
Japanese emperor's hint at abdication may be linked to rising Japanese militarism. U.S. bombs Libya. Russia flies bombers from Iran to attack Syrian rebels while it seeks closer relations with NATO member Turkey. Russia masses troops on Ukraine border following alleged commando raid by Ukrainian troops. China militarizes reefs in South China Sea.
We discuss the military and political history of Russia from Stalin to Putin. And we conclude with an analysis of the implications of Russia's current revival for U.S. foreign and military policy. This program was originally broadcast in September 2013 as part two of a series on Russian history.
Russian fighters "buzz" a US Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea. Potential conflicts with Russia in Georgia and Azerbaijan. We conclude the program with a discussion of the evolution of modern urban warfare from the Paris Commune uprising of 1871 to the Battle of Najaf, Iraq in 2004.
We review developments in the wars in Syria and Iraq including the crucial role of Russia. Update on the war in Afghanistan and a report on U.S. efforts to assert power in the Pacific. We conclude the program with a 1/2 hour discussion of the Irish Easter Rising of 1916 whose centennial approaches.
Turkey threatens to invade Syria. Update on US.-Russia proxy war in Ukraine. China installs ground to air missiles in South China Sea's Woody Island. As this is Black History Month, we devote the second half of the show to the last year of Martin Luther King's life and reveal startling facts regarding his murder.
Arab history and culture illuminate the current geo-political role of Arabs. The emergence and spread of Islam, the Crusades, the Ottoman Empire, European colonialism, the creation of Israel and its wars with Arabs, and the U.S. invasions. A major theme is the disunity of the Arabs.