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: 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: 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: 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-Is China winning global battle for silence over Uighurs?: Peter Apps

22 Mar 2019

LONDON, March 22 For Turkish firms exporting marble and other stone to an increasingly lucrative Chinese market, the Xiamen International Stone Fair should have been the business highlight of the year. Instead, the arrest and detention of four Turkish executives for tax evasion sent scores of others fleeing, grabbing any flight they could from mainland China for fear they might be next.

Column: Chinese, local drones reflect changing Middle East

07 Mar 2019

LONDON Ever since 9/11, drones have been amongst the most visible, and often controversial, signs of American power in the Middle East and beyond. But as regional powers look to chart their own course, a new generation of cheaper unmanned aerial vehicles - Chinese or locally built, with far fewer restrictions on their use - are taking to the skies.

COLUMN-Korea talks failure caps worrying week for world peace: Peter Apps

01 Mar 2019

March 1 With Russian nuclear threats, India and Pakistan on the brink of all-out war and now U.S.-North Korea talks breaking down in Vietnam, it has been a messy week for diplomacy. Great powers seem ever more willing to embrace the drama of confrontation over meaningful communication – and even when they try, it seems increasingly hard to bring them to a deal.

Commentary: Are China, Russia winning the AI arms race?

16 Jan 2019

In October 31 Chinese teenagers reported to the Beijing Institute of Technology, one of the country’s premier military research establishments. Selected from more than 5000 applicants, Chinese authorities hope they will design a new generation of artificial intelligent weapons systems that could range from microscopic robots to computer worms, submarines, drones and tanks.

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