Brett Smiley

Pro-Democracy Protests Continue In Belarus

The August Presidential elections in Belarus has led to months of mass protests, sanctions, and speculation of wavering support from Belarus’ closest ally. The August elections saw incumbent President, Alexander Lukashenko capture over 80% of the national vote securing himself his sixth consecutive term as President of Belarus. Despite what […]

Pro-Democracy Protests Continue In Belarus

The August presidential elections in Belarus resulted in a sixth consecutive term for incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, who secured over 80% of the popular vote to beat opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya. Unsurprisingly, the results led to an outcry of allegations of electoral fraud by the opposition party, democracy watchdogs, and […]

Chinese Vessels Sail Into Naval Territory Of Japan’s Senkaku Islands

Earlier this month Chinese patrol ships entered Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. The Chinese vessels remained in the waters for consecutive days despite Japanese authorities demanding the ships to leave the area. The Japanese Coast Guard reported the Chinese vessels in the area […]

Annual U.S.-Led BALTOPS Military Exercises Conducted In Baltic Sea

Earlier this month, the U.S. kicked off the annual BALTOPS military exercises in the Baltic Sea. The BALTOPS is an annual exercise held by United Sates Naval Forces Europe. The exercises normally include naval training, search and rescue exercises, radar testing and tracking, maritime security, and military trials. This year, […]

Could COVID-19 Be A Galvanizing Force NATO Needs?

COVID-19 or otherwise known as the Coronavirus, continues to spread across the world at an alarming rate. The global pandemic, as it was declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), has caused a monumental shift in the world economy, national border controls, healthcare, and way of life. NATO responded to […]

NORAD Intercepts Russian Reconnaissance Aircraft Off Alaskan Coast

Last week, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) intercepted two Russian reconnaissance aircraft near the Alaskan coast. Russian Tu-142 aircraft entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification zone and remained in the area for roughly four hours. NORAD sent Canadian CF-18 fighter jets and U.S. F-22 stealth jets to intercept the […]

Russia Receives S-350 Surface To Air Missiles Amidst Rearmament Effort

This week, Russia announced that it received over ten new S-350 Vityaz surface to air missiles. These missiles were delivered to the Leningrad region to conduct testing and training exercises with the military. The S-350’s are the newest iteration of the missile, which are designed to be fired from the […]

West African Leaders Call For International Support To Help Stabilize Region

Stability in the West African Sahel region is teetering. The region encompasses Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Mauritania, and Mali. Droughts, and other effects of climate change, are contributing to rising levels of poverty in many West Africa countries. In turn, unemployed and poorly educated individuals become vulnerable to extremist ideology, […]

Purchasing Greenland Is A Geopolitical Chess Piece Rather Than A Real Estate Deal 1

President Donald Trump has seen yet another diplomatic rift resulting from offhanded remarks, this time over the United States purchasing Greenland. Trump suggested the purchase of the Danish controlled – yet sovereign – territory of Greenland to his senior advisors earlier this month. Greenland residents and Danish officials initially responded […]

Joint Sino-Russian Air Force Exercises Leads To Warning Shots Fired From South Korea

Last week Russia and China conducted their first joint air force drills in the Asia-Pacific region. The exercises involved two Chinese H-6K jet bombers, two Russian Tu-95MS bombers, and one Russian A-50 surveillance aircraft. The Chinese and Russian aircraft flew over the Sea of Japan and into the contested air […]

Germany Proposes New Legislation To Revoke Citizenship From Dual Citizens

Germany has introduced new legislation aimed to strip dual citizens of their German citizenship, should they fight for a terror organization abroad. German Law is currently permitted to strip the citizenship of dual citizens fighting for foreign national forces, without express permission from the German authorities under the Nationality Act. […]

With Ukraine Continuing to Move West, Tensions with Russia Likely to Escalate

This week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed constitutional amendments setting Ukraine’s national objectives to join the EU and NATO by 2023. These long-term objectives are symbolic as the amendments do not move Ukraine closer to membership but commit the country towards both. To be considered for membership, the EU insists […]

Shifting Foreign Policy: Britain To Deploy Aircraft Carrier Through Disputed South China Sea 2

Britain is deploying the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier to the heavily disputed South China Sea in a joint mission with the United States. The vessel will deploy following recently completed training near the Naval Air Station in Maryland. United Kingdom (UK) Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the mission earlier […]