#National Security Council

Sub Snub: Lafayette Would Have Lamented Such a Huge Strategic Misstep

In itself, the recent AUKUS announcement by the Biden Administration was a positive step forward in advancing our competitive advantage in the Indo-Pacific. Subsequent developments were not. Australia’s response was to cancel a $43 billion contract with France for diesel submarines, prompting outrage and the recall of French ambassadors in the U.S. and Australia. This was the first time in our alliance with France, dating back to 1778 that an ambassador was recalled to Paris. The question is not, “Was the deal worth alienating our oldest ally?” Rather, “Why did the U.S. not seek to avert such a huge strategic misstep?”
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National Security Council publishes summary of decisions

Yesterday, the National Security Council (NSC), a constitutional body chaired by the Governor, published a summary of decisions from its monthly meeting on the government website, According to the government, this is the first time since the NSC was established that it has made such a record available. The...
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Biden gives a fine U.N. speech. Now comes the hard part.

President Biden’s remarks on Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly focused on the notion that we face an “inflection point.” The president talked about multiple challenges (ailing democracies, the climate, the coronavirus) that can only be addressed through multilateral action and “relentless diplomacy.” It was a serious speech, and well received — a contrast to the derisive laughter that met his predecessor’s cringeworthy chest-beating.

Former Somali intel chief returns to Mogadishu from Turkey

MOGADISHU, Somalia– Somali National Security Advisor and former intelligence chief Fahad Yasin returned Tuesday to Somalia from Turkey aboard a private jet. Yasin arrived in Mogadishu accompanied by his team from Turkey days after he was detained in Djibouti while en route Somalia. He was traveling to Mogadishu to attend...

Negeri Sembilan to join Labuan in Phase 4

Negeri Sembilan will join Labuan in Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan this week, while Pahang will transition from Phase Two to Three and Johor from Phase One to Two. Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the transitions will take effect on Sept 24. In a statement, he said...

Out and About (Sort of): Military Conundrum by Howard Freedlander

Revelation of the decision by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, to assure his counterpart in China that he would circumvent any decision by President Trump to use nuclear force to attack our nation’s Asian rival strikes at the core of the primacy of civilian rule in our American democracy.

Kosovo Serbs Block Roads as Border Crossing Tensions Simmer

Two border crossing points between Kosovo and Serbia are being blocked for a second day by Kosovo Serbs protesting against new regulations forcing them to change their Serbian vehicle registration plates to Kosovo ones when entering the country. The Jarinje and Bernjak border crossing points in Serb-dominated northern Kosovo remained...

Iran Concerned About Obstacles to Cargo Transport

As Azerbaijani forces continue to impede the transport of cargo and commercial vehicles from Iran to Armenia, Iran’s Ambassador in Yerevan Abbas Badakhshan Zohouri voiced his concerns about the future of this important trade route. Speaking to Armenia’s National Security Council head Armen Grigoryan on Wednesday, Zohouri said the current...

France recalls ambassadors in US and Australia over submarine deal

( The French government has immediately recalled its ambassador to the US for consultation in response to the recently announced national security partnership with the United Kingdom and Australia. In a statement, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French minister for Europe and foreign affairs, said that the move was made at the request of President Emmanuel Macron. "This extraordinary decision reflects the exceptional seriousness of the announcements made on September 15 by Australia and the United States," Le Drian said.

Serbia: The National Security Council met

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has chaired a meeting of the National Security Council, after which he said that Serbia demands the withdrawal of all troops that invaded North Kosovo and Metohija, as well as an urgent response from the European Union to the question of the existence of the Brussels Agreement.

Thirteen Days on the verge of World War III

In 2020, the world premiere adaptation of Robert F. Kennedy’s “Thirteen Days” was in rehearsals and set to open in March. Due to the pandemic, it was forced to shutter. Fast forward to September of 2021 and the show has finally opened. “Thirteen Days, presented by City Lit Theatre,” tells...