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Peter Apps

COLUMN-Berlin airlift anniversary raises thorny geopolitical questions: Peter Apps

13 May 2019

LONDON, May 13 This week, dignitaries and Western military veterans celebrated the seventieth anniversary of the Berlin airlift, the mammoth year-long effort to break a ground blockade by the Soviet Union. Whether the United States and its allies would go to the same length to support an ally today, however, remains a very open question.

COLUMN-Huawei and the unravelling of globalisation: Peter Apps

08 May 2019

LONDON, May 8 When former Chinese army officer Ren Zhengfei founded Huawei in 1987, his business plan appears to have been relatively simple. By reverse engineering foreign-built phone switches and other basic telecoms equipment, the firm could undercut international rivals and become a worldwide market leader.

Column: Notre-Dame, Sri Lanka and democracy's social media dilemma

25 Apr 2019

LONDON When Paris’s Notre-Dame cathedral caught fire on April 15, it was only a matter of minutes before conspiracy theories were swirling across social media.

COLUMN-Notre-Dame, Sri Lanka and democracy's social media dilemma: Peter Apps

25 Apr 2019

LONDON, April 24 When Paris’s Notre-Dame cathedral caught fire on April 15, it was only a matter of minutes before conspiracy theories were swirling across social media.

Column: What Sudan tells us about 21st century coups

19 Apr 2019

LONDON Barely a week before Zimbabwe’s military ousted President Robert Mugabe in November 2017, its top commander visited Beijing. Exactly what he discussed with his People’s Liberation Army counterparts has never been disclosed. But the conclusion General Constantino Chiwenga reached seemed clear – that the 93-year-old leader was losing his grip, and that the only way to save the broader regime was to get him out.

COLUMN-What Sudan tells us about 21st century coups: Peter Apps

19 Apr 2019

LONDON, April 19 Barely a week before Zimbabwe’s military ousted President Robert Mugabe in November 2017, its top commander visited Beijing. Exactly what he discussed with his People’s Liberation Army counterparts has never been disclosed. But the conclusion General Constantino Chiwenga reached seemed clear – that the 93-year-old leader was losing his grip, and that the only way to save the broader regime was to get him out.

Column: China goes unconventional in escalating South China Sea face-off - Peter Apps

12 Apr 2019

LONDON In early December, a flotilla of two dozen Chinese fishing boats and escort warships sailed to https://amti.csis.org/under-pressure-philippine-construction-paramilitary-response the disputed Filipino-occupied reef of Thitu. By the end of the month, Beijing had almost 100 vessels in and around the archipelago, sparking an initially largely hidden confrontation that could yet spark outright war.

COLUMN-China goes unconventional in escalating South China Sea face-off: Peter Apps

12 Apr 2019

LONDON, April 12 In early December, a flotilla of two dozen Chinese fishing boats and escort warships sailed to https://amti.csis.org/under-pressure-philippine-construction-paramilitary-response the disputed Filipino-occupied reef of Thitu. By the end of the month, Beijing had almost 100 vessels in and around the archipelago, sparking an initially largely hidden confrontation that could yet spark outright war.

Column: India test and U.S. Space Force fuel new high-altitude arms race

05 Apr 2019

LONDON When historians of the future chart humanity's military misadventures in space, they might conclude they began in earnest last month. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the world's big powers are ploughing serious resources into weaponry, systems and, in the case of the United States, a new military branch intended to fight outside Earth's atmosphere.

COLUMN-India test and US Space Force fuel new high-altitude arms race: Peter Apps

05 Apr 2019

LONDON, April 5 When historians of the future chart humanity's military misadventures in space, they might conclude they began in earnest last month. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the world's big powers are ploughing serious resources into weaponry, systems and, in the case of the United States, a new military branch intended to fight outside Earth's atmosphere.

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India's Modi stuns opposition with huge election win

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a dramatic election victory on Thursday, putting his Hindu nationalist party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security.